Garden County senior Blake McCormick put a damper on Crawford’s final game of the season Friday night, leading the Eagles to a 62-30 defeat of the Rams.
The Rams defense struggled to stop the Eagle running game, which saw McCormick carrying the ball 27 times for a total of 312 yards and four touchdowns. Fellow senior Nic Koppman added 17 carries for 66 yards and quarterback Austin Dormann joined the effort with seven carries for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Dormann also threw eight times, completing seven of the attempts for 125 yards. He threw four touchdown passes total, two to Kippman, one to McCormick, and one to sophomore Reid Spady.
Despite only being down by two points after the first quarter, the Rams were shut out in the second quarter, and by the end of the half had surrendered 34 points. They fought back in the third quarter, again putting up 12 points, but then allowing the Eagles 16. In the final quarter, they were doubled by the Eagles 12 points to their six.
Ram senior Blaine Flack completed 30 of 53 passes throwing 12 times to Andrew Wendland for 129 yards and three touchdowns, and 11 times to senior Austin Kennedy for 182 yards and one touchdown. Trevor Nelson and Will Ackerman also caught passes from Flack, who totaled 378 yards on the day.
It was Flack’s third time throwing for over 300 yards; he finishes the regular season having thrown for 2,074 yards and 29 touchdowns, setting school records in both career passing yards and yards passing per game.
“He’s had a great year,” Coach John Jones remarked of Flack. According to Jones, this year’s group of passers and pass-receivers are likely the best he’s ever had. Wendland joined Flack in the Crawford Rams record book earlier this year after his 17 receptions for 365 yards game against Mullen.
Despite the loss, the team made the cut for the D2 playoffs, entering as the 12th seed. They’ll travel to Lawrence Wednesday before facing the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders on Thursday at 3 p.m. Central Time.
Coach Jones is optimistic heading into the game, which has the chance, if won, to result in a home playoff game for the Rams.