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Marksmen favored to beat Crawford County

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—After upsetting Forest Park last week, Tell City’s football team will be favored to win its second game in a row when the Marksmen host Crawford County in the first round of the Class 2A sectional Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Crawford County is 0-9 and has given up an average of 34.1 points per game while scoring only 9.7 points per game.

Among 318 football teams in the state, the Wolfpack are ranked 308th in Jeff Sagarin’s computer rankings with a 16.61 rating.

Tell City is ranked 216th with a 42.47 ranking. And Sagarin says the home-field advantage is worth three points, making the Marksmen a 29-point favorite over the Wolfpack.

But lest the Marksmen get overconfident, there are several other factors to consider.

The Wolfpack are coming off a season-high 21-point performance in a 39-21 loss to North Harrison, so their offense may be peaking at the right time.

Also they easily could have won their first two games.

They had the go-ahead touchdown called back on a penalty on their last series in an 18-14 loss to Springs Valley. And a couple of fumbles deep in their own territory hurt them in a 20-14 loss to Eastern Pekin.

Bad luck has certainly been a factor in the Wolfpack’s poor record.

One of their starting cornerbacks, who was also expected to be one of their top running backs this year, broke his wrist in the preseason scrimmage against Tell City.

He would be recovered and able to play now except he recently fell and broke the same bone in the same arm again.

In his absence bruising fullback Andrew Douglas has done much of the running.

Douglas had some success running up the middle in the first half against Perry Central, including a 6-yard touchdown run.

Isaac Bowles, a 5-foot-11, 150-pound sophomore quarterback, is one of the Wolfpack’s fastest backs.

He is also a decent passer. He completed 8 of 19 passes for 96 yards and one touchdown against Perry Central despite the Commodores’ putting good pressure on him.

His brother, Jonathan Bowles, a 6-1, 215-pound tight end, is one of his top receivers. So is Chris Schwartz, a 5-10, 145-pound sophomore.

The Wolfpack have good size on their offensive line with 280- and 240-pound tackles and a 250-pound center.

James Grant, the 6-5, 280-pound tackle, also anchors their defensive line.

Jonathan Bowles, who plays outside linebacker in the Wolfpack’s 4-4 defense, is one of their top defensive players.