Ex-gridder Crane climbs in the cage

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Kevin Crane (No. 52) was one of the best defensive players in Nordhoff's history. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)

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Now he is climbing the MMA ranks (right) and hopes to fight in the UFC. (photo submitted)

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
When Kevin Crane took the field for the Nordhoff football team, he was unstoppable. Despite being undersized and playing primarily along the defensive line, the 2013 NHS graduate would run through opposing offensive linemen to get to the quarterback. As a senior, he helped the Rangers earn their first-ever CIF Southern Section Divisional Championship. Crane finished his senior season with 65 tackles, 16 were for a loss of yards and he recorded nine quarterback sacks.

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