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Crestview steadily pulls away from Eagles

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 7, 2017 at 12:24 AM

OLIVESBURG — Crestview combined a balanced offensive attack with an outstanding defensive effort as the Cougars upended Monroeville 26-6 in a key Firelands Conference encounter Friday night.

The hosts racked up 347 yards of total offense, with 198 of those yards coming on the ground and 149 through the air, and rolled up 19 first downs.

Meanwhile, the stout Cougar defense limited the Eagles to just 72 yards rushing and 97 yards via the pass, and held the potent Monroeville offense to just seven first downs. Crestview also picked off a pair of passes and recovered a fumble.

After the teams battled to a scoreless deadlock during the opening period, Crestview drew first blood at 11:50 of the second stanza as quarterback Jay Oswalt capped a Cougar drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. The kick attempt failed, but Crestview led 6-0.

The Cougars widened that margin to 13-0 at 6:31 when Dylan Balcarel carried it in from the 4-yard line. Carly Stevens added the PAT to make it 13-0, and that is where things stood at the intermission.

Crestview made it 19-0 with 4:34 showing on the third quarter clock as Oswalt hit Garrett Dudley with an 11-yard scoring strike.

Oswalt tallied on a 12-yard run with 9:29 left in the contest to put this one out of reach. Stevens’ boot made it 26-0.

Monroeville got on the board with 53 seconds left in the contest on a 62-yard scoring pass from Chayce Schaub to Dominic Ruffing. The kick attempt wwas no good, and that sealed things a 26-6.

Oswalt completed 10 of 13 passes for 149 yards, with Dudley snaring six for 116 yards. Christian Durbin rushed for 67 yards of 12 carries.

Both teams return to action Friday night.Monroeville (5-2, 3-1) travels to Western Reserve, while the Cougars (4-3, 3-1) entertains New London.

Willard 20, SJCC 13

WILLARD — Willard picked up its second win of the season, and its first-ever Sandusky Bay Conference win, as the Flashes bested Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic 20-13 Friday night.

The Flashes jumped out to a 6-0 first quarter lead and were never headed the rest of the way.

That score came courtesy of a 1-yard run by quarterback Jerrett Sowers at the 7:08 mark. The conversion pass failed.

Neither team was able to score a touchdown in the second period, but the Crimson Streaks added a 28-yard field goal by Alex Baez at 6:28 to narrow the gap to 6-3, and that is how the first half ended.

Willard found lightning in a bottle at 5:12 of the third quarter as Sowers made connections with Spencer Parrott on a 50-yard touchdown pass. Sowers then hit Myles Pinkston for the bonus points making it 14-3.

St. Joe answered with another Baez field goal, this one from 25 yards with 11:52 left in the game to make it 14-6.

Then just over a minute later, Sowers and Parrott paired up on a 55-yard scoring aerial to make it 20-3.

The Streaks closed it to 20-13 at the 7:12 mark on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tad Foster to Spencer Harrison. Baez added the point after, but it proved to be too little, too late.

Sowers had a big night, completing 13-of-18 passes for 215 yards and the two scores. Parrott had six receptions for 152 yards.

Willard (2-5, 1-1) plays at Lakota Friday night.

Bellevue 28, Perkins 6

PERKINS TWP. — Bellevue held host Perkins to 35 yards in the second half, and scored touchdowns on three of four first-half drives, which was all it really needed in a 28-6 Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division win at Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium.

The victory moved the Redmen to 5-2 and 2-0 in the new division, while Perkins fell to 0-7, 0-2, respectively. We had to make some adjustments. They’re 0-6 coming into the game, so they opened up their playbook a little bit and ran a couple different formations and ran a couple counters on us,” Bellevue coach Ed Nasonti said. 

“At the end of the day, they’re big up front,” he added. “They got good size on both sides of the ball and they got good speed.”

That drive saw them convert four third downs and a pair of fourth downs. J’Andre Jackson’s 2-yard scoring run on third-and-1 from the 2 made it 6-0 Perkins with 1:28 to go in the opening quarter. The snap was botched on the extra-point attempt.

Perkins would only have one more drive over seven plays, But a nine-play, 45-yard drive with three minutes left in the second quarter ended with a Bryce McMurray interception in the end zone.

Bellevue quickly turned it around, going 80 yards in seven plays to take a 21-6 halftime lead. Renwand found Dakota McPeak on 39-yard pass play to set up a 5-yard scoring catch by Treston Francis with 20 seconds left on the clock. Hunter Notke made then made the third of four good extra point tries on the night.

The Redmen scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter after Perkins controlled the ball a majority of the opening 12 minutes with its opening possession.

Colton Ray, another Bellevue linebacker, caught a 3-yard scoring pass on fourth-and-2 in the second quarter to put Bellevue up 14-6. Renwand had 2 TDs passes for the Redmen, finishing 12-of-18 for 162 yards. He was picked off once by Perkins’ Derick Campbell in the second half.

The Redmen were held to 93 second-half yards as both offenses struggled during the final 24 minutes.

Francis ran for two scores, adding an 11-yard run out of the Wildcat formation to put Bellevue ahead for good with 10:19 left in the second quarter. He led all Redmen runners with 55 yards on 12 carries. Ray added 53 yards on 16 touches.

On the receiving end, McPeak had three catches for 69 yards and Francis had four for 50 yards.

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