by Randy Parks
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Crane Mustangs scored three touchdowns before halftime, and cruised to a 66-26 victory over Harper/Huntington (H/H) in their homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 10.
The Mustangs’ Jack Bentz completed nine of 15 passes for 247 yards and three TDs, and Austin Roath rushed for 168 yards and one score on nine attempts.
H/H received the opening kickoff and began a long, time-consuming drive that ended with the LocoNets going out on downs at the Crane 8 with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.
The Mustangs responded with a 92-yard scoring drive, finished off with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Bentz to David Steeves.
Crane scored on their next two possession, a 30-yard pass from Bentz to Matt Witzel and a 48-yard run by Roath, to lead 22-0 at halftime.
Crane made it 30-0 on their first possession of the second half, as Bentz found Witzel open for a 25-yard scoring pass, and Travis Landon ran in the two-point conversion.
H/H cut the lead to 30-6 on a 44-yard touchdown run by Dakota Allaire, but Crane came right back with a score of their own, as Landon ran it in from five yards out.
The LocoNets then put together a 56-yard scoring drive, getting the touchdown on a 1-yard run by Nathan Joyce to make it 36-12.
Steeves capped off the Mustangs’ next drive with a 2-yard scoring run, and following a H/H fumble, Landon raced into the end zone from 36 yards out to make it 50-12.
Allaire broke free for a 78-yard TD run on the LocoNets’ next possession, but any hopes of an upset went down the drain with an 85-yard return for a touchdown by Landon on the ensuing kickoff.
Both teams tacked on one more score as the final minutes ticked away to provide the final margin of victory.
Crane is 2-0 in league play, and 4-1 overall. On Friday, Oct. 17, the Mustangs take on Dayville/Monument (0-3, 1-5) at 1 p.m. in Monument.
H/H 0 0 12 14 26
Cra 0 22 20 24 66
Cra — David Steeves 30 pass from Jack Bentz (run failed)
Cra — Matt Witzel 30 pass from Bentz (Travis Landon run)
Cra — Austin Roath 48 run (Steeves run)
Cra — Witzel 25 pass from Bentz (Landon run)
H/H — Dakota Allaire 44 run (run failed)
Cra — Landon 5 run (pass failed)
H/H — Nathan Joyce 1 run (pass failed)
Cra — Steeves 2 run (run failed)
Cra — Landon 36 run (Steeves run)
H/H — Allaire 78 run (Joyce run)
Cra — Landon 85 kickoff return (Steeves run)
H/H — Austin Dixon 14 pass from Joyce (run failed)
Cra — Bentz 46 pass from Landon (Landon run)
Rushing — H/H, Schweitzer 3-3, DeSantiago 5-10, Dixon 2-16, Allaire 10-123, Joyce 25-165. Crane, Valentine 1-11, Landon 5-22, Bentz 6-92, Steeves 4-40, Roath 9-168.
Passing — H/H, Joyce 4-6-0 41. Crane, Bentz 9-15-0 247, Landon 1-1-0 46.
Receiving — H/H, Dixon 1-14, Allaire 3-27. Crane, Landon 1-25, Bentz 1-46, Steeves 3-94, Roath 1-22, Witzel 4-106.