East County Sports

Red Hawks put scare in Colts’ wagon train

Red Hawks and Colts during the coin toss on Friday.

2017 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

CRAWFORD 38, MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 21

 

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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