East County Sports

Red Hawks put scare in Colts’ wagon train

Red Hawks and Colts during the coin toss on Friday.




EastCountySports.com staff report


SAN DIEGO – The Mountain Empire Red Hawks put cause for concern into the Crawford Colts’ wagon train in the first half Friday afternoon at Crawford High.

GABRIEL HYDORN completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to RYAN SAWYER to put the Red Hawks up 7-3 in the first quarter.

Sawyer out-jumped his smaller defender to haul in the over-the-shoulder catch inside the 10, before cutting back against the help to get into the end zone.

Then, Hydorn hit Sawyer again, this time for an 18-yard score in the second quarter as Mountain Empire went up 14-3.

Hydorn threw into double coverage, but Sawyer made the read for the ball, leaving the defenders to collide as he sauntered into the end zone.

Crawford (5-0) then scored 35 straight points.

Colts Quarterback Shawn Balala threw three touchdown passes and added a rushing score.

Balala threw a deep pass to Matthew Clark for a 35-yard score to bring the Colts to within 14-10.

Moments later, Colts’ star Ali Musa turned in an 80-yard punt return in spectacular fashion for a score and the lead.

The Red Hawks played a clean game with just two penalties.

Crawford out-first-downed the Red Hawks, 12-10, while the time of possession was basically even.

The Colts just turned in some big plays during their scoring run.

Mountain Empire next faces Hamilton Oct. 7.


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