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Big game, big night for Crusaders and Scecina

Scecina's student section at Lucas Oil Stadium was loud and proud and pretty in pink for breast cancer awareness. The Crusaders football team topped the Cardinal Ritter Raiders at the stadium on Oct. 6.

 The Class 2A No. 3 Crusaders beat conference and Catholic school rival Cardinal Ritter on the state’s biggest football stage, Lucas Oil Stadium. The Crusaders topped the Class 3A No. 6 Raiders 27-14 on Oct. 6 to capture the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship.

Thanks to an enthusiastic and supportive Scecina community, the Crusaders’ crowd was the biggest of the night. Event organizers told Jason Kehrer ‘88, Scecina athletic director, that the Crusaders had sold the most tickets of any of the four teams that played (Columbus North and Bloomington South played the second game.) “They said we more than surpassed expectations,” he said.

Kehrer said the big game was exciting even before it started.

“You got goosebumps when they announced our team and they ran onto the field,” said Kehrer, who thought the night was a huge success for Scecina. “The music, the crowd, the big TV up there,” he said. “And the team. They were really, really excited.

Scecina scored first after Mac Ayres salvaged a bobbled snap and scrambled to get off a pass. Cobie Dillard grabbed it and ran 90 yards for a touchdown.

The Crusaders took the 7-0 lead into halftime, but the Raiders got two quick scores at the start of the second half on a Scecina fumble and interception to lead 14-7.

Scecina’s defense didn’t allow any more points, and the offense did the rest. Ayres connected with wide receiver David Baker for two fourth-quarter TDs. Baker’s athletic catches earned him the game’s MVP award.

Baker shared the accolades.

It was just a good collective effort, one of our best games,” said Baker, a sophomore. “It’s pretty easy to catch when Mac is throwing like he’s throwing and the line is blocking like they do. I just have to catch the ball.”

With the win, the Crusaders won the conference. They are undefeated in the conference headed into Friday’s final game again Monrovia.

Head coach Ott Hurrle said the Raiders’ quick 14 points after halftime didn’t get his team down.

“They’re a competitive group and they have confidence,” Hurrle said. “I just said, ‘We’ve dug ourselves a hole and we have to get out,’ but I never saw any panic in their eyes.”

Senior and co-captain Jack Wright played each snap of the game as a wide receiver and cornerback. He said his favorite moment was near the end of the game, with the Crusaders taking a knee as the clock was running out.

“You could still be on the field and take it all in,” he said.

Wright was Scecina’s All-Academic player for the game.

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