POWER SHIFT: No. 10 De Leon mauls No. 9 Crawford in district opener

De Leon has charged into the role of favorite in 10-2A Division after tits 38-18 thumping of Crawford Friday. || The Flash Today file photo by RUSSELL HUFFMAN

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(September 30, 2017) — Analysts would have told you De Leon can play with Crawford because quarterback Kevin Yeager gives the Bearcats a chance to beat anybody.

While that’s certainly true, Kevin’s father, De Leon head coach David Yeager, never put that kind of pressure on the junior star Friday night. Not because Kevin, already a two-time district offensive player of the year, can’t handle it, but because it wasn’t necessary.

Not even against a foe the Bearcats had never previously defeated, one that last lost a home game in 2009.

De Leon has come so far even since reaching the quarterfinals then losing to Crawford 41-14 last year, that the Bearcats didn’t need a precision clinic by its quarterback. They were capable of simply lining up, dominating the line of cribbage and totally flipping the tables on the reigning district and Region II-2A Division I champion Pirates with a 38-18 road win that makes De Leon the favorite in the district, perhaps the region and pits them at least in the conversation of state title contenders.


Anthony Rangel stole the show, averaging 23 yards on his nine carries to finish with 207 yards and two touchdowns. Yeager just sat  back and managed the statement delivering performance by his teammates, completing 8 of just 13 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns, one each to Chris Cox, Calvin Martin and Eli Gilmore.

The Bearcats racked up 403 yards of offense including 263 on the ground. Their defense meanwhile, allowed only six points after Crawford led 12-3 late in the first quarter and has yet to surrender 20 points in a game.

The Bearcats are back home for another tough customer next week when Hico (3-1) travels to Bearcat Stadium for the Tigers’ district opener following a bye week.

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