Photo by Lori PoteetRobert Manns scored twice as a running back in the scrimmage and delivered some big hits on defense.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Robert Manns scored twice as a running back in the scrimmage and delivered some big hits on defense.
Crawfordsville unveiled their 2014 football team Friday evening hosting the Blackhawks from Sheridan High School at Wabash College.

Trent Johnson saw his first varsity action at quarterback, and he didn't show any sign of nerves. Johnson was 7-16 for 193 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball five times for 26 yards, reaching the end zone twice. Coach Mike Hammons said of his sophomore QB, "He did a nice job leading our offense, and getting guys in positions they needed to be."

The Athenians scored two touchdowns in each of their three varsity sessions. Crawfordsville's first score was set up on a 38-yard completion from Johnson to Konnor Smith down to the 10-yard line. Robert Manns took the next handoff over the left side for pay dirt. Johnson also connected with Manns on a 64-yard pitch and catch for a TD.

The second session, which allowed the teams to work on their goal line offenses, saw Johnson hit Smith again, this time for a 9-yard score. The final score came on a Johnson 5-yard scamper on a 4th down play.

The offensive line garnered praise from Hammons. The line allowed the Athenians to average more than three yards per carry against a stout Blackhawk defense.

"We've got some new faces up front, with AC Rudolph and Ryan Barr being the only returning starters. They did a nice job of protecting Trent and opening up some running lanes for our backs," Hammons said.

Chandler Snow got into the action in quarter three. The speedy senior caught two TDs. His first came on a 17-yarder over the middle. The second allowed him to show that speed down the side line, as he and Johnson connected on a 45-yard pass.

Crawfordsville's defense was improved as well. It was highlighted by senior Joe McKinney's pick in the third quarter.

With all the bright spots, Hammons said there is still work to be done before the team sees live action Friday at Cascade.

"I was very impressed with the intensity," Hammons said. "I feel like we're in a good spot there."

The Athenians will continue to harness that intensity for one more week before traveling to Cascade Friday at 7 p.m.