CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) –
The second-seeded South Range Raiders continue to march on in the OHSAA playoffs as they hammered the seventh-seeded Crestwood Red Devils 49-6 Saturday night. The victory improves the Raiders to 12-0 on the year as they advance to a Division V, Region 17 semi-final contest with Sugarcreek Garaway next Saturday night at a site to be determined.
“I’m going to miss this field. There are a lot of memories on this field,” Raiders senior running back Connor Jones remarked about it being his last home game.
“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing,” he added. “We need to keep working hard.”
“Hats off to my seniors. This is their last game here at this stadium,” Raiders’ coach Dan Yeagley said. “I’m very proud of them and what they have accomplished over the past four years. They are very special young men.”
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Much like their playoff win over Rootstown last week, the Raiders were efficient on offense as they scored on eight of eleven possessions with two turnovers and the end of the first half stopping them. They would rack up 517 total yards on the night. While defensively they stonewalled the Red Devils, holding them to just 53 offensive yards on the night.
“You play teams you don’t know a whole lot about, and they bring new stuff and things you haven’t seen. You have to adjust on the fly and luckily we have good senior leadership out there and they adjust well on the fly,” Yeagley said.
Quarterback Billy Skripac connected on 9 of 11 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Dylan Dominguez led the Riders on the ground with 139 yards on 14 carries and another two scores.
The Raiders jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead courtesy of a 2-yard run by Jones at the 8:42 mark of the opening stanza. Dominguez added a 25-yard scamper with 6:30 remaining in the first quarter.
The Red Devils picked off an errant pass by Skripac to prevent the Raiders from capitalizing again. It also appeared that the Devils had scored on a muffed punt, but the ball crossed the goal line resulting in a touchback.
The Raiders quickly recovered as they scored on their next three possessions of the half. The first was a 3-yard run by Dominguez with 9:43 left in the quarter. Ayden Leon then hauled in a 28-yard pass from Skipac to make it 28-0 with 5:50 remaining in the half. They would score once more on a 45-yard pass from Skipac to Jones with just 3:09 before the intermission. That gave them a commanding 35-0 lead at halftime.
They would add a 3-yard run by Ethan Zinz with 2:43 left in the third quarter, and a 19-yard pass from freshman quarterback Tristan Toy to Brady Crumbacher to provide the Raiders final points on the night.
The Red Devils would score their lone touchdown on defense when Ethan Strahan intercepted a Raiders pass and returned it 42-yards for a touchdown with 9:38 remaining in the game.
“We haven’t seen any Garaway film yet. We go with the philosophy of one game at a time, and tonight we will start to prepare for Garaway. They were good last year and the year before. They are a mainstay in Region 17. It’s going to be a battle,” Yeagley said of next week.