Crane's arm helps Mavericks advance

No. 7 Eastern Tech 27 No. 12 Edmondson 0

Football Class 2A North

November 24, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,Sun Reporter

The No. 7 Eastern Tech football team is undefeated this year in large part because of a powerful running game and a stout defense.

Senior quarterback Travis Crane proved that the Mavericks' passing game can't be taken lightly either, throwing for two touchdowns in a 27-0 victory over No. 12 Edmondson last night at CCBC-Essex. The win gave Eastern Tech (12-0) the Class 2A North title.

"He's got nerves of steel," Mavericks coach Marc Mesaros said. "He's a tough kid, he doesn't fold under pressure, and we're real proud of him."

Crane took advantage of his few opportunities, going 5-for-10 for 85 yards. He also ran the ball seven times for 70 yards and another score.

"We're much more of a running team, and you've got to give props to the offensive line," Crane said. "Our receivers got open and made great catches."

Late in the second quarter, with Eastern Tech facing third-and-five from its own 6-yard line, Crane scrambled right and was greeted by Edmondson defenders. He escaped and ran left, only to see more Red Storm players. He shuffled back right, picked up a block and found Rob Kyle in the back of the end zone to put Eastern Tech up, 7-0.

In the fourth quarter, Crane faked a handoff and found a streaking Thomas Edwards, who also rushed for a touchdown, in the middle of the field for a 41-yard touchdown, giving Eastern Tech a 20-point lead to put Edmondson (9-3) away.

As good as Crane was, the Mavericks' defense did its part, too. The defensive line and linebackers negated every running play the Red Storm attempted and kept Edmondson quarterback Carroll Washington Jr. uncomfortable in the pocket all game long.

Washington was 6-for-22 for 66 yards with three interceptions.

"The defense was the difference-maker," Mesaros said. "It would've been a whole different ball game if they didn't step up."

Eastern Tech defensive back Andre Hall had two interceptions, including one in the end zone. With the win, the Mavericks move on to the 2A state semifinals.

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