After two close losses to start the season, Crawfordsville won their first game on Friday in exciting fashion. The Athenians haven’t beaten Western Boone since 2007 but with the help of 389 yards of total offense, they came away with the 28-27 win.

“It was really exciting,” said senior quarterback Trent Johnson, “We worked really hard this week in practice and we were focused from the beginning.”

Western Boone was the first team on the scoreboard, scoring after a 9 play, 80 yard drive. Junior Ryan Solomon punched it in from ten yards out to take the 7-0 lead.

The Athenians answered back on their next drive, driving 79 yards on 14 plays. Crawfordsville did not attempt one pass play during the drive and only attempted a pass three times during the game. Crawfordsville relied on their impressive run game to move the ball down the field.

“All of the credit goes to the offensive line. They were hard at work all night in the trenches and allowed us to have the run game that we did,” continued Johnson.

The Athenians went into halftime tied at 14 after a Trent Johnson touchdown late in the second quarter.

 “Going into halftime we were really excited.” said the smiling Johnson, “We came together as a team and it showed on the field.”

Both teams came out energized in the third quarter. The Athenians received the ball first, scoring on a 17 yard touchdown run by Trent Johnson. The point after attempt was no good, keeping the score 20-14. Not too long later the Stars answered back once again, putting them up by one, 21-20 to end the third quarter.

The game came down to the wire in the fourth quarter. Nine run plays and a 43 yard touchdown reception by Cameron Saunders put the Athenians in a tough spot with 3:45 seconds left. Up six, Crawfordsville decided to go for two and succeeded to lead 28-21.

Western Boone drove the length of the field and punched in a two yard touchdown run with 37 seconds left.  The Stars also decided to go for two. This play would decide if the Athenians would win or lose.

“That’s exactly what I told the kids before that play,” said Athenians coach Larry Getts, “the kids had to understand that all of their hard work tonight came down to that play.”

Crawfordsville came away with a huge stop, winning 28-27.

The Athenian ground attack was led by Caden Jones who went for 24 carries and 111 yards. Sophomore Steven Latre had 9 carries for 92 yards. Crawfordsville totaled 303 rushing yards, the most this season.

The Athenians will travel to Frankfort next Friday to take on the Hot Dogs at 7 pm.