Crusaders earn playoff spot, down Spartans

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Once again the running game was nearly unstoppable as Coon Rapids-Bayard ran away from Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton in a 42-7 victory Friday night.

The Crusaders were led by Jeffrey Eagle who gobbled up 164 yards on the ground to couple with two touchdowns. Both of Eagle’s scores came from inside the 10-yard line, but Eagle was able to run all over the field throughout the game. Adding to the rushing yards was quarterback Peyton Clipperton who had 76 yards rushing with two scores of his own.

Clipperton was able to complete five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. Blaine Dudley caught the touchdown pass, a 62-yard catch.

Jalen Rosenbeck finished with three catches for 15 yards. Peyton Betts added eight yards off a catch. Easton Hays and Isaac Leighty combined for two total catches for 13 yards. Dudley also intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown from 47 yards out.

Aaron McAlister and Kale Pevestorf both finished the game with 4.5 total tackles in the game. Clipperton added 3.5 tackles. Josue Ramirez finished the contest with 2.5 tackles.

Coon Rapids-Bayard finished the season with an 8-1 overall record. That was good enough to put the Crusaders in the playoffs as the No. 5 seed. They will start their journey in the playoffs this Friday night when they travel to Tabor to play Fremont-Mills.

The Knights finished the season with a 6-1 record this year and won their district, which was missing a few teams. Friday’s game will kick off at 7 p.m.

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