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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020 11:21 pm

CRANE In a game that wasn’t short of offense, Crane held off Kermit, 40-30, in nondistrict play Friday at El Ave Stadium.

The Golden Cranes (2-0) jumped to a 12-point lead in the first half before holding off a few comeback attempts from Kermit (0-3) in the second half.

“We're very fortunate to come away with a win tonight," Crane coach Jeff Cordell said. "With the number of penalties that we had, we probably didn’t deserve to win this game. My hat goes off to Bubba Ross and Kermit. They’re a very well-prepared team. There are a lot of things that we have to go back and work on.”

Kermit took an early lead on a Zamarion Conally 15-yard touchdown reception from Jeremiah Salazar and led 8-0 after Bradley Peralta caught a pass for a two-point conversion.

Crane answered with three unanswered touchdowns before the first quarter was over as Trevor Owens capped the outburst with a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jaxon Willis with 40 seconds on the clock, giving the Golden Cranes a 20-8 lead after 12 minutes.

The Yellow Jackets defense would get them back in the game in the second quarter as Mikial Burrola returned an interception of a Willis pass that was deflected at the line of scrimmage for a 6-yard touchdown. Salazar added the two-point conversion to cut Crane’s lead to four, 20-16, with 3:06 remaining before halftime.

The Golden Cranes’ defense returned the favor when Donny Bishop, who had a touchdown reception in the first quarter, found the end zone a second time after returning an interception 27 yards with 1:23 remaining in the first half.

Kermit began the second half on a promising note, scoring on a 53-yard pass from Salazar to John Fostel and Salazar’s two-point conversion pulled the Yellow Jackets within two, 26-24, with less than two minutes gone in the third quarter.

Crane responded with Willis spotting Owens for a 23-yard touchdown pass and Ronaldo Cervantes’ extra point extended the Golden Crane’s lead.

Kermit’s Joel Garcia hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass with the two-point run coming up short with 2:17 on the clock to narrow the deficit to three.

Bishop responded for the Golden Cranes, scoring from a 22-pass from Willis to put Crane at a 40-30 lead.

Kermit had a few opportunities to come back but was unable to get more in the final stretch.

“I was so proud of our kids,"Kermit coach Bubba Ross said. "It was a great game. No one expected what they saw from Kermit tonight and I want to let our players how excited I am for them.”

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