By Garrett Ross
After a promising start to their inaugural sixman campaign, the Claude Mustangs have lost two straight games; Claude (1-2) fell to Crowell (4-1) on the road Friday 36-22.
Crowell relied on the playmaking abilities of senior Michael Reeves to carry them to victory. Reeves ran for two touchdowns and threw for two touchdowns, while adding an interception on the defensive side of the ball.
“Michael is a gamer, he does a great job for us,” said Crowell head coach Tom McVey. “He just seems to know when he needs to rush for extra yards or throw the ball.”
The Wildcats held Claude scoreless in the first quarter and they only allowed one Mustang touchdown per quarter for the remainder of the game.
The first two scores of the game came on runs of 14-yards and 1-yard by Reeves, Seth Bearden connected on both PAT attempts.
The Mustangs scored their first touchdown of the game with 7:57 remaining in the second quarter.
Simon Rodriguez would fumble the ball, but his teammate Jakob Weinheimer was able to recover the loose ball for a touchdown; Weinheimer would connect on the PAT.
Crowell was able to get the last score of the first half, when Reeves connected with Russkin Turula on a 22-yard strike with :22 remaining in the second quarter.
Claude would block the Bearden PAT attempt, but they would head into halftime down 22-8.
The Mustangs would close the gap early in the third quarter on a 33-yard touchdown run from Nash Stapp; once again Weinheimer drilled the PAT.
Crowell was able to gather their composure and put together two touchdown drives that extend their lead to 36-16 with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter.
Reeves would hit Colt Gerhardt on a 6-yard touchdown pass and Turula would find the end zone on a 38-yard run.
The Mustangs got the lone touchdown of the fourth quarter, when Weinheimer found Travis Lowry on a 3-yard pass.
Claude will continue their outlaw schedule next week at Higgins (2-3), while Crowell travels to Bryson (2-3) for their final non-district game, both games begin at 7:30pm Friday.