Crawford stepping in at QB for WildcatsPublished 8:44am Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Edgewood coach Bobby Carr has been in this situation before.
Two years ago he lost his starting quarterback for the remainder of the season and put his best running back under center to lead the Wildcats to their first of three straight state championships.
After holding off Autauga Academy 24-21 to win their 37th straight game, the top-ranked Wildcats lost senior quarterback Taylor Hawthorne for the remainder of the regular season to a knee injury.
With Hawthorne out, junior running back Josh Crawford steps in.
While it may seem strange to see the Wildcats’ leading rusher under center, it is not unchartered water for the junior.
“Not many folks know this, but he played some quarterback when he was at Charles Henderson (Troy),” Carr said.
Crawford took over at quarterback in the second quarter of last Friday’s game and threw one touchdown pass while also converting some key first downs in the second half to keep the Generals at bay.
“We’ll do what we did offensively in the second half last week with him,” Carr said. “You’ll see us run a good bit of stuff from the Wildcat position.”
Injuries continue to mount for the Wildcats, who presently own the sixth longest active winning streak in the nation.
Keith Johnson, who has been Edgewood’s leading tackler much of the season from his linebacking position, is also out.
And Crawford is fighting a turf toe issue, according to Carr.
“We’re limping big time right now, and we’re about to get our manhood tested Friday night,” he said. “We’re beat up pretty bad, so we’ll see what kind of character this team has.”
Coosa Valley Academy (3-3) is coming off a 41-28 victory over East Memorial Christian Academy. The Rebels are averaging more than 30 points a game, and seem to be clicking on all cylinders, according to their coach Arlton Hudson.
“Overall we’ve played well and been in all of our games accept for the Restoration game,” Hudson said. “We’re playing good football right now.”
Niko Teofilo rushed for four touchdowns last week in the Rebels’ victory.
While Hudson’s teams have traditionally been a grind-it-out type of offense, his quarterback Zach Spratlin has been successful through the air.
“We can throw it around when we need to, so our offense is pretty balanced,” Hudson said.
In terms of the key to spoiling Edgewood’s homecoming night, Hudson said the game will be won at the line of scrimmage.
“If we can control the line of scrimmage and run the football with success, we can have a chance to come away successful,” he said. “We just have to win the line of scrimmage.”