|?Eastern drops grid season opener at Crawford County 39-13|
Series tied at twoLast year, the Eastern Musketeers (0-1) started off their first ever varsity football season at home with an exciting win over another first time varsity squad, Crawford County. Crawford County (1-0) played host this year, returning the favor. Unfortunately for the Musketeers, the Wolfpack returned the favor, with a convincing 39-13 win Friday night.
The Wolfpack led 26-6 at the half, behind the stellar passing of Crawford County quarterback Daniel Allen, a senior. Allen ended up with 12 of 15 pass completions for the night, with a total of 244 yards, and four touchdowns. He had 1st half TD passes of 15, 66, and 45 yards.
“They’ve got a great quarterback,” said Musketeers’ coach Eric Robertson of Allen. “I think he dropped one pass tonight. The kid’s got a rifle.”
The lone touchdown for the Musketeers came off of a 70 yard kickoff return from Jash Higdon.
The Musketeers managed another touchdown in the 3rd quarter, when Ryan Tandy ran for 64 yards and another touchdown. Zack Albertson provided the extra point kick for the Musketeers.
Despite the loss, Robertson gave a lot of credit to the Wolfpack. “They just executed tonight,” said Robertson of Crawford County. “They ran the ball; they threw the ball.”
He continued, “They played well, and they beat us. Their defensive line did what was needed. They’re going to win some ballgames. They’ve improved dramatically since last season.”
Robertson sees the game as a good rivalry contest, since both schools have won one game each in the series, and since both schools started playing varsity football the same season.
“It’s a good game for us, and it’s a great rivalry. I hope the rivalry continues,” Robertson added, noting that fellow Mid Southern Conference (MSC) schools Silver Creek and Scottsburg do not at the present time have football, but are both in the process of getting it. This would cause scheduling changes in Eastern’s schedule, since Crawford County is in the Patoka Lake Conference.
Clarksville will invade Eastern’s home turf for a 7 p.m. contest Friday, Eastern’s MSC opener.