Crowley opened a 17-point lead after three quarters but had to hold off a late charge from North Crowley to knock off its crosstown rival 32-22 at Clark Stadium on Saturday night.
The Eagles (2-0) didn’t have the game sealed until less than a minute was left when an interception, their third of the game, ensured the victory.
North Crowley (0-2), which for the first 22 minutes had negative 19 yards on offense, picked up the pace just before the half as they appeared ready to cut the deficit to 14-7. But a penalty negated a touchdown and the next pass was intercepted in the end zone.
North Crowley outgained Crowley in total offense but lost for the second consecutive season.
Given Tippins-Hill paced the Panthers by throwing for 261 yards and one score. His favorite receiver was Rodney Stewart, who hauled in nine passes for 123 yards and a 15-yard score in the fourth.
Quarterback Matt Marner led Crowley by rushing for 104 yards on 10 carries including a 65-yard score in the fourth quarter. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 188 yards and two scores.
It was a game that was sloppy at times. The two teams combined for 30 penalties for 221 yards, seven fumbles (three lost), three interceptions and 11 punts.
Crowley got on the board first on a 21-yard pass from Marner to Michael Williams late in the first quarter.
Crowley dominated the first half, but North Crowley’s defense stepped up when it needed to keep the game close as the Panthers went into the locker room down 14-0.
The Eagles’ first-half possessions ended with a missed field goal on the first drive, a turnover on downs on their second after they had it first-and-goal at the 2 and touchdowns on their third and fourth drives.
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