Repeat City! Crusaders Own CFL

By Cealey Godwin

Published 06/14 2014 11:03PM

Updated 06/14 2014 11:19PM


Led by a team of several returners, the Joplin Crusaders have a sense of familiarity when it comes to playing. This year was no different, as the Crusaders went 12-0 on the regular season as they headed into their 10th CFL Championship game and second in a row. The reigning champs took on the Enid Enforcers for the 2014 title held at Junge Field in Joplin, Missouri.
In the first quarter, the Crusaders struck first with a 3-yard score from running back Joey Ballard. It would be 14-0 by the second quarter but the Enforcers size would start to create gaps in the Crusaders defensive line. Enid would punch in a 10-yard touchdown from Deon Powell to trail 14-6 heading into the break.
A back-and-forth third quarter would leave the Crusaders with their backs up against the wall to start the fourth. 
Enforcers quarterback, Al Hunt, would toss up a 50-50 ball into the endzone but would instead find Crusaders cornerback Ramon Bonner. The Tulsa native would do more than just that; Bonner would take it 107 yards to the opposite end of the field to put the Crusaders up by two touchdowns.  
Still, Enid would battle to the end but the Crusaders had enough pad to win their 7th title in program history, 28-20. 

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