Crawford standing out

Crawford standing out

Ballard quarterback Moez Crawford has shared his quarterback role with fellow senior Christian Wallace. Crawford has stuffed the stats sheets this season despite sharing snaps.

Ballard quarterback Moez Crawford has shared his quarterback role with fellow senior Christian Wallace. Crawford has stuffed the stats sheets this season despite sharing snaps.

Moez Crawford stepped into the quarterback role and has performed well this year. Christian Wallace has shared snaps with Crawford, but that wasn't a new role for Moez.

"I split time with Dominique Dickerson last year, but he started most of the games," Crawford said.

Now as a senior, he feels like he's in control of the offense and has improved his game.

"I think my strength is getting the ball out (of my hands) real fast. I know the offense really well," he said. "I want to get better at my accuracy," he finished. "My decision making has improved. I'm getting rid of the ball and not trying to do too much and create plays that aren't there," he continued.

Crawford has been blessed to have one of the most dynamic receivers in Kentucky history to throw to as well: DeVante Parker.

"I just get him the ball into open space and he'll do the rest," he said.

That's one of the things that led to Ballard's great comeback against St. Xavier this season, which wound up falling short.

"We were down 28-7 and then Coach Jackson just spread the offense and let me throw the ball. I think that was probably one of my best games throwing the ball," he said.

Through nine games, Crawford had completed 85 passes out of 168 attempts with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's thrown for 1874 yards.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder hasn't picked up a lot of interest at this point, but he's heard from Southern Illinois and he camped with Ball State this summer. Crawford has also taken unofficial visits to Kentucky and Louisville.

Crawford could see his interest increase should Ballard make a big playoff run, which they have the talent to do.

"I think we have a good chance (to make it to state). Butler (their first round opponent) has a nice run game, but we have a nice defense. I think we can keep them in the box and hold them off the board," he said.

Crawford and Ballard take on Butler Friday night in their playoff opener.

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