PARMA – Last year’s loss to St. Ignatius was a game Shaun Crawford would like to forget.
Crawford’s performance in Saturday’s 52nd edition of the so-called ‘Holy War’ is one that neither he, nor any #2. St. Edward fans at Byers Field, will forget anytime soon.
The Notre Dame commit scored three touchdowns, including a school-record 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that sparked the Eagles to 41-unanswered points, in a convincing 41-10 win over their arch rival, #6. St. Ignatius.
Junior running back Cole Gest ran for two touchdowns, giving him 17 for the season, while senior quarterback Brett Kean threw for two scores, both to Crawford, raising his season total to 14.
Senior Andrew Dowell added a short touchdown run in the second quarter that put the Eagles ahead to stay, 14-10.
For the second straight week, St. Ignatius got off to a fast start.
The Wildcats scored on their opening possession.
Corbett Griffith kicked a 37-yard field goal after Ian Ryan recovered a fumble by St. Edward’s Kyle Hegedus on the game’s opening kickoff.
Then the Wildcats’ defense forced the Eagles into a three-and-out, and when Dennis Grosel hit his favorite target, Jack Cook for a 41-yard touchdown, St. Ignatius led 10-0.
But that’s when Crawford got going; first he returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, then he caught a touchdown from Kean, before intercepting Grosel to set up another score.
Crawford fumbled once and muffed two punts in the 2013 meeting, when St. Ignatius stunned St. Edward at Lakewood Stadium.
But in 2014, he was clearly the best player on the field against the Wildcats, and, for one night only, possibly the best player in Ohio.
Both St. Edward (8-2) and St. Ignatius (6-4) have qualified for the OHSAA Division I Playoffs, which kickoff next Saturday night at home sites.
St. Edward will likely host Brunswick (7-3) at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium on November 8th.
St. Ignatius clinched the final spot in the top-8, and the Wildcats likely opponent at Byers Field is Elyria (7-3).
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