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Eagles Host Wayne Trace Friday

Story By: Jeff Alan

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/6/2013

On Friday evening the 9-1 Colonel Crawford Eagles will host their first ever OHSAA football playoff game against the 9-1 Wayne Trace Raiders. For the Eagles it's the second straight season they have advanced to the post season, but unlike last year when they had to travel nearly three hours to Gloster Trimble, a 41-6 loss, it will be Wayne Trace who makes the long bus trip to North Robinson. For juniors Dalton Scott and Eli Reffey, it makes a difference preparing for a home game as opposed to sitting on a bus for over two hours to play a game. For head coach Ryan Teglovic he says it's nice to able to play in front of the home town fans who have really showed up for the Eagles this season. On Friday's opponent Wayne Trace, Teglovic says they are not like anyone Crawford has faced this season. The Raiders will throw the ball on almost every down and are led by 6'3" 200lb. quarterback Colby Speice who has throw for 3,132 yards and 40 touchdowns on 191 of 326 passing, but he has also been intercepted 22 times. At receiver, Speice's favorite target is Korbin Showalter who has caught 54 passes for 1,129 yards and 16 touchdowns. Two other receivers Jake Gerber and Jake Arend have over 500 yards in receptions and have combined for 16 touchdowns, with Arend catching nine TD throws. The Raiders also go no huddle on offense and have started fast this season scoring 175 first quarter points while allowing just 14. On defense, the Raiders have been just that, Raiders, with 23 interceptions over ten games with four picks returned for touchdowns. But of their nine victories over the season only three have come over teams with winning records Convoy Crestview(8-2)54-41, Ayersville(7-3)40-6 and Hicksville(6-4)43-7. The only team to beat Wayne Trace was 9-1 Tinora in week eight 27-16. Of Crawford's nine wins three came against teams with winning records and one at .500, New London(6-4)33-26, Wynford(6-4)20-14, Upper Sandusky(7-3)28-27 and Bucyrus(5-5)20-10. The Eagles only loss coming at Division IV Galion who is also in the playoffs, 35-14 in week four. Kickoff is at 7:30 in North Robinson Friday, with the winner to take on either Tinora or 8-2 Northland in the regional semifinal at a site to be determined by the OHSAA on Sunday afternoon.

   
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