CARSON CITY – Laingsburg was invited to Carson City-Crystal’s homecoming Friday, but they weren’t very gracious guests.
The Wolfpack jumped out to a quick lead and beat the Eagles 63-34 Friday in a Central Michigan Athletic Conference matchup.
“When you play good teams they tend to make you struggle,” CC-Crystal coach Jason Gray said. “Laingsburg is a really good team. We knew that. Our kids kept fighting and we moved the ball on them.”
Laingsburg (5-2, 5-2) jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead before CC-Crystal (0-7, 0-7) got on the board via the air. Quarterback Logan Forist found Mitch Wesley from 10 yards out, and with Brann Schmitt catching the two-point conversion it was Laingsburg over the Eagles 21-8.
But the Wolfpack scored 22 more points on CC-Crystal before the Eagles could find the end zone again. That wasn’t until there was 4:08 left in the third quarter on a Robert Failing eight-yard run. That made the score 43-14 Laingsburg and stopped the running clock that was put on the Eagles.
Forist threw a touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to Schmitt, then the pair hooked up again with 9:34 left on a 58-yard strike.
Forist finished CC-Crystal’s scoring with a 51-yard throw to Failing with 6:47 left in the game.
“They (Laingsburg) built a lead in the third quarter, but we got the ball back and scored three of the last four touchdowns,” Gray said. “We moved the ball on offense but we can’t turn the ball over and expect to win. Once we get that shored up we’ll be OK.”
Forist finished the game 7-of-15 passing for 195 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Failing was the leading rusher with 17 carries for 69 yards and Wesley carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards.
“We had almost 400 yards of offense,” Gray said. “We had been very successful on offense. We drove on the first drive of the game and got it to the one before throwing an interception that they returned for a touchdown. We shot ourselves in the foot with some turnovers.”
But stopping the Wolfpack proved troublesome despite 14 tackles from Jack Powers and 13 more from Eric Ward.
“Their (Laingsburg’s) quarterback made a couple of really good plays. (One) where he fumbled the ball, picked it up and threw a touchdown pass,” Gray noted.
Even though the Eagles are still looking for their first win, Gray said he’s not going to approach practice any differently in preparing for a road game against Fowler next Friday than he has all season.
“We’re going to work on the same things we worked on all year, blocking and tackling,” he said. “We’re going to approach Monday’s practice like we’re playing for a league championship Friday. I don’t care whether we are 7-0 or 0-7, we’re going to prepare like it’s a league championship. We’re going to be ready and I hope they will be too.”