"Our kids showed a lot of backbone tonight instead of wishbone," Huntington coach Billy Seals said. "We bowed up there on defense a couple times and got some fourth-down stops."
The game looked as if it might pick up its pace at the start of the third quarter. Huntington took the second-half kickoff and marched down the field with ease before Christian, who finished with 97 hard yards on 23 carries, bolted in for a 14-yard score to put Huntington up 12-0.
"Our guys complement each other so well," Seals said. "If someone's going to take away our speed from the outside, we're going to pound Paden at them all night long. That's kind of what we did in the second half."
Midland answered with its best drive of the game, moving 74 yards in seven plays and cutting the lead to 12-7 when Teran Barnitz scored on a 27-yard touchdown with 5:55 left in the third.
With 6:15 left in the game, Midland had the ball at its own 23 and quickly moved to the Huntington 42 when Dontae Hendricks picked up 23 yards on a first-down call from his own 35.
From there, though, senior running Kasey Thomas, who entered the game as one of the top five rushers in the state with 444 yards on 44 carries, lost a fumble that set up Crawford's game-icing score.
Crawford led Huntington with 109 yards on 12 carries. Thomas led all players with 157 yards on 19 carries.