Photo by Lori PoteetRobert Manns ran this one in for a touchdown and was one for two Athenians to gain more than 100 yards Friday night.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Robert Manns ran this one in for a touchdown and was one for two Athenians to gain more than 100 yards Friday night.
After a nearly two hour rain delay, the Crawfordsville football started the 2014 season how no other Athenian team has done in nine years, 2-0.

Thanks to the offensive line, which made sure the home crowd would not go home disappointed. They dominated the line of scrimmage in the Athenians 40-6 victory over Charles A. Tindley.

After the Tigers went three-and-out on their first possession, the Athenian offense caught fire.

Starting at their own 34 yard line, they marched 8 plays, all runs, and Tyler Gudell plunged in from 7-yards out to give Crawfordsville the early 7-0 lead. The drive was highlighted by Trent Johnson's two carries in the drive for 44 yards.

Tindley's second possession would start at the Athenian 20-yard line. After a 13-play drive, they turned the ball over on downs at their own 10-yard line.

After two long runs to start their drive to get the ball out to their own 45-yard line, Johnson's first pass of the night was intercepted by lightning quick, Zavier Brown, and returned 65-yards for the pick six to put the visitors down one 7-6.

The Athenians would put two touchdowns on the board in the second quarter. The first on a 23-yard run up the middle by Robert Manns with 6:35 left.

The second was an impressive drive started by the Athenian defense. Faced with a fourth-and-one at their own 8-yard line, Tindley quarterback Zavier Brown dropped back to pass and took off around the left end looking for the first down. However, he was stuffed by linebacker Caden Jones for a 4-yard loss, and the Athenians took over with 2:27 remaining at their own 12-yard line.

They marched 88-yards, on 9-plays, in 2:13. Trent Johnson capped off the drive with his only touchdown pass of the night, a 9-yarder to Nick Corbin out in the flat who turned it up field for the score.

The Athenians had 263 yards rushing in the first half, thanks to the play of the offensive line, and the downfield blocking of their slot and wide receivers. Two Athenians rushed for more than 100 yards. Robert Manns rushed for 139 yards on 13 carries and Johnson had 154 yards on 11 carries.

The second half started much like the first, with Crawfordsville going on a 4-play 58-yard drive highlighted by a 30-yard pass from Johnson to Tyler Gudell. Manns finished off the drive with his second touchdown of the night, and the 27-6 lead.

Their second drive of the half was much the same, this time only taking 2:29 to go 65 yards. Michael Minks barreled in for the 6-yard touchdown, but that was set up by Johnson to Chandler Snow for 23 yards to give the Athenians first-and-goal.

Crawfordsville took possession with 9:11 to go, and marched it down to their 22-yard line. On a second down play, Trent Johnson went back to pass and was hit hard on the play, and laid on the ground for a few minutes. He did get up and walk to the bench on his own power. Senior Nick Corbin took over at QB, and his first pass was caught by Tyler Reeves at the 15-yard line, and he weaved his way into the endzone for the final score.

The defense did an outstanding job limiting the Tigers to only 48 yards of offense in the second half, and only 168 for the game.

The Athenians will look to continue their torrid start as they open Sagamore Athletic Conference play by hosting the Danville Warriors on Friday Night.