Regular season is behind us and playoffs sure started off with a bang! Would Crawford or Army-Navy continue the playoff spark?
In the first quarter, both team would battle back and forth for an opportunity to score. Crawford would be on the board first with a 32 yard field goal. Score 3-0 Crawford. Shortly after Army-Navy would answer back with a 35-yard field goal courtesy of Hugh Bennett. Score tied 3-3. On this same kick return, Colts Nikko Perry returns the ball and goes 60 for a touchdown. PAT is good. Crawford is up 10-3.
Going into the second quarter, quarterback Shawn Balala finds Matthew Clark for a 3-yard touchdown. Colts still leading the way 17-3. Colts would go on to score another touchdown moments later. PAT would be good yet again. Score 24-3 going into halftime.
With Crawford dominating the first half Army-Navy was looking to fight back twice as hard in the third quarter. John Hart would bring in a 25-yard rushing touchdown. PAT is good. Warriors still trail 24-10. Colts offense would continue to be a force to be reckoned with as Shawn Balala connects to Ali Musa for a 47-yard touchdown. 34-10 would be the score heading into the fourth quarter.
Army-Navy's quarterback Dylon Zipse would find Vito Durant for a 26-yard touchdown pass. PAT is good. Warriors still trailing 34-16. Crawford's defense would hold Army-Navy off as Crawford goes on to win their first playoff game since their 2015 CIF San Diego Section Division 5 championship loss to Coronado.
Tune in next week as Crawford takes on #6 seed Tri-City Christian for a semi-final game to determine who goes to the CIF San Diego Section Division 5 championship.
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Playoffs have officially started. Teams across the county fought against league competitors and now it is time for teams to play against schools in their own division at a chance at a CIF San Diego title and potentially even more. One of the 19 playoff games to be featured on PPR this week will be a Division 5 matchup of #2 seed Crawford Colts (6-4,1-3) as they host the #7 seeded Army-Navy Warriors (5-5, 2-2). Army-Navy finished 3rd in the Pacific League; Crawford finished 4th in the Central League.
Both teams have improved drastically since their 2016 seasons. Army-Navy, who finished 2-8, and Crawford, 3-7, both did not make playoffs. Colts and Warriors coaches Michael Wright and Nehemiah Brunson could not be more proud at how their teams turned themselves around and are excited to prove it on the field Friday night at a chance to make the CIF San Diego Section Division 5 semi-finals.
Although Army-Navy has held their own this year in scoring, having double digits every game. Warriors are also coming off their highest scoring game of the season last Friday, a 47-0 shut out win over Escondido Charter. Junior running back Hadi Assi scored four touchdowns that game. Assi has 66 carries, 8 touchdowns and rushes 101.7 per game.
Crawford has proven not only themselves, but the county wrong. Sometimes all you need is a new field and a new mindset. Crawford has scored 34 touchdowns this season as a whole. Senior Shawn Balala has scored 15 of the touchdowns and has 1154 total yards. Another key Crawford player is Ali Musa, with 947 all purpose yards, five touchdowns, and averages 118.4 yards per game.
Winner of this game will go on to play the winner of #3 Montgomery vs. #6 Tri-City Christian.
Which team will get a second chance at playoffs and who’s season will end Friday night?
Kickoff is set for 7pm at Crawford.
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