by Randy Parks
The Crane Mustangs found the end zone on their first six possessions on their way to a 62-0 win over Prairie City on Friday, Oct. 2.
The game was called after just two quarters of play.
Dustin Ramge rushed for four scores and added another touchdown on a 51-yard punt return to lead the Mustangs to the win.
The Panthers received the opening kickoff, and after picking up one first down, fumbled the ball away at their own 40.
On the Mustangs’ first offensive play, Ramge broke loose for the score, and David Steeves ran in the two-point conversion to put the Mustangs up 8-0 with less than a minute gone in the game.
Crane got the ball back about a minute later on an interception by Cashe Davis, who returned the ball to the Panthers’ 6-yard line. Steeves scored on the next play to give Crane a two-TD lead.
After forcing the Panthers to punt on their next possession, Ramge’s return for a score and Steeves’ two-point conversion run gave the Mustangs a 22-0 lead.
Crane took over on downs at the Panthers’ 5 with just over six minutes to go in the first quarter, and scored on a 1-yard run by Ramge.
In the second quarter, an interception by Elijah Epling gave Crane the ball at the Prairie City 40, and Ramge scored again on the first play from scrimmage.
Prairie City fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, and Crane took over at the Panthers’ 33. Steeves ran for 24 yards on first down, and Ramge then carried the ball in from nine yards out to finish off the drive.
A second interception by Davis gave the Mustangs the ball back at the Prairie City 31, and Steeves scored on the Mustangs’ next play. A two-point conversion pass from Jack Bentz to William Clark put Crane ahead 54-0 with less than a minute gone in the second quarter.
The Mustangs’ final score came on a 9-yard run by Epling, and JayJay Balowski added the two-point conversion run.
The Mustangs rushed for 244 yards, led by Ramge with 90 yards on four carries and Steeves with 80 yards on five attempts.
The Crane defense was almost impenetrable, holding the Panthers to minus 29 yards rushing and allowing just 44 yards through the air.
With the victory, Crane improved to 1-1 in league play and 4-1 overall.
The Mustangs host Jordan Valley for their homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 9, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.
Cra 30 32 x x 62
PC 0 0 x x 0
Cra — Dustin Ramge 40 run (David Steeves run) :43
Cra — Steeves 6 run (run failed) 1:45
Cra — Ramge 51 punt return (Steeves run) 4:42
Cra — Ramge 1 run (Steeves run) 6:14
Cra — Ramge 40 run (JayJay Balowski run) :04
Cra— Ramge 9 run (Jack Bentz run) :45
Cra — Steeves 31 run (William Clark pass from Bentz) :57
Cra — Elijah Epling 6 run (Balowski run) 11:39
Rushing — Crane, Steeves 5-80, Ramge 4-90, Maupin 2-(-11), Epling 6-68, Balowski 1-17. Prairie City, Belveal 9-(-13), Weinkopf 3-(-20), Camarena 4-(-2), Werner 2-5, Siddoway 1-1.
Passing — Crane, Bentz 0-1-0 0, Maupin 1-1-0 19. Prairie City, Belveal 1-7-2 44.
Receiving — Crane, Davis 1-19. Prairie City, Camarena 1-44.