It wasn’t close, not even a little bit, when the North Crawford football team traveled to Wauzeka-Steuben to take on the Hornets.
How bad was it? The Trojans led the Hornets 62-0 at halftime, on their way to a 68-0 victory.
The state’s leading rusher North Crawford running back Branden Baumeister remained the leading rusher by gaining 241 yards in the game for a four-game total of 930 yards. That’s 82 yards more than the state’s second best rusher Elijah Fort, a Waukesha West runner who has run for 848 yards this season.
The most impressive part of Baumeister’s 241 yards last Friday is that he only played in the first half and only carried the ball 14 times. He averaged more than 17 yards per carry.
“Branden just continues to get the job done,” North Crawford football coach Brandon Munson said later.
“He’s a strong back and he’s a quick back. Obviously, he has a good line blocking for him—the guys that don’t typically get their names in the paper.”
The North Crawford passing game kept going as well with two completions, including one in the second quarter from quarterback Hank Schellhorn to Jake Salmon for a 50-yard touchdown. It accounted for just six of the 46 points scored in the second quarter.
For the game, in addition to Salmon’s pass reception for a touchdown, Baumeister ran for four touchdowns. And, there was a lot more scoring as well. Quarterback Hank Schellhorn ran for a touchdown, as well as throwing one to Salmon. Hunter Fortney was credited with a safety and, on the ensuing kickoff, Eric Friar scored on a 60-yard run.
The last score of the game was recorded in the third quarter when Trojan freshman Tanner McCann ran for a 30-yard touchdown.
The Trojans also completed six two-point conversions including Jake Salmon running in two; while Schellhorn, Fortney and Logan Brown also ran in successful two-point conversions. Schellhorn successfully threw a pass to Eric Friar for another two-point conversion.
This week is homecoming for North Crawford and they will host the Ithaca Bulldogs.
Coach Munson believes this will be the year that the Trojans take the Bulldogs, who are in the midst of rebuilding the team after lots of graduations of starting players last year. He noted that Ithaca is playing seven sophomores this season.
If the team needed any extra motivation to beat Ithaca in the homecoming game, they might have received it when Munson reminded the seniors that the Bulldogs were the only conference team they had never beaten in their high school careers. In fact, when the current seniors were freshmen, North Crawford lost to Ithaca by a score of 60-6.