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GOWER, Mo. — With the opposition knocking on the door and inching toward tying the game in the fourth, Cru Conaway made his mark on Friday’s game between Lathrop and East Buchanan.

With Lathrop converting on a fourth-and-1, the East Buchanan defensive back put a hit on the receiver. At the time, he didn’t realize he forced a fumble inside the 10-yard line.

When he looked up, his teammates had recovered the game in the endzone, preserving the one-score lead and fueling East Buchanan’s 35-14 win in Gower, Missouri.

“I just tried to hit him as hard as I could. That’s what I did, and I guess good things happen,” Conaway said. “I had no idea, but I looked up and guess we got the ball.

“It changed the momentum. We came down, the offense went to work, and the rest is history.”

Conaway would haul in a short touchdown pass on the ensuing drive to extend the lead to 28-14. With a run play drawn up, Conaway signaled to quarterback Conner Musser for an audible and hauled in a leaping catch in the end zone.

“Cru’s an alphamale,” East Buchanan head coach Dan Ritter said. “He comes out and hits people, then he transitions to offense and makes plays. He may not have the stats Trevor Klein does, but he’s equally important.”

And Klein left just as much of an imprint on the game with a kickoff return for a score and the go-ahead rushing touchdown late in the third.

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