Bryce Otley (No. 66) and Matt Witzel force an errant pass in Crane’s win over Dayville/Monument. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
by Randy Parks
The Crane Mustangs erupted for 68 points in the first quarter on their way to a 98-8 win over Dayville/Monument (D/M) Friday, Oct. 23.
The Mustangs took a 24-0 lead with less than two minutes gone in the game on a 65-yard run by David Steeves, a 52-yard punt return by Dustin Ramge, and a 32-yard interception return by Joe Valentine.
D/M’s next possession ended in a safety, giving Crane a 26-0 lead, and Crane made it 40-0 on a 20-yard pass from Jack Bentz to Steeves and a 2-yard run by Steeves.
The Mustangs’ Matt Witzel recovered a fumbled punt attempt in the end zone for Crane’s next score, and then caught a 6-yard pass from Bentz to give Crane a 54-0 lead.
The Crane defense came up with another score on D/M’s next possession as Jacob Dunn picked off a pass and raced 47 yards for the score.
With time winding down in the first quarter, Ramge ripped off a 74-yard run, and Crane led 68-0.
Crane added three touchdowns in the second quarter and led 90-0 at the half, and caped off their scoring barrage with a third quarter touchdown run by JayJay Balowski.
The Mustangs finished with 433 rushing yards, led by Balowski with 128 on five carries, Steeves with 110 on six attempts and Ramge with 104 yards on three rushes.
Bentz completed all six of his pass attempts for 104 yards and three scores.
Crane improved to 4-1 in league play, 7-1 overall, and will host a league playoff game at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.
D/M ended the season with a 1-7 overall record, 0-5 in league.
D/M 0 0 0 8 8
Cra 68 22 0 8 98
Cra — David Steeves 65 run (Jack Bentz run)
Cra — Dustin Ramge 52 punt return (Bentz run)
Cra — Joe Valentine 32 interception return (William Clark pass from Bentz)
Cra — Tackles receiver in end zone for safety
Cra — Steeves 20 pass from Bentz (JayJay Balowski run)
Cra — Steeves 2 run (run failed)
Cra — Matt Witzel recovers fumble in end zone (Clark run)
Cra — Witzel 6 pass from Bentz (run failed)
Cra — Jacob Dunn 47 interception return (Steeves run)
Cra — Ramge 74 run (pass failed)
Cra — Clark 6 pass from Bentz (Witzel pass from Bentz)
Cra — Balowski 45 run (Miles Maupin run)
Cra — Dunn 27 run (kick failed)
Cra — Balowski 31 run (Dunn run)
D/M — Hayden Schaeffer 27 pass from Dakota Emerson (Tanner Walczak pass from Emerson)
Rushing — Crane, Valentine 3-41, Bentz 1-(-6), Steeves 6-110, Ramge 3-104, Dunn 4-62, Balowski 5-128, Maupin 6-(-6). D/M, Emerson 6-22, Walker 2-(-10), Warner 14-34.
Passing — Crane, Bentz 6-6-0 104, Maupin 1-1-0 4. D/M, Emerson 3-13-2 82, Warner 3-21-4 22.
Receiving — Crane, Steeves 2-52, Clark 2-26, Witzel 2-22, Davis 1-5.D/M, Schaeffer 3-114, Cao 1-5, Walczak 2-1.