With the loss, South Central fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the FC, while the Cougars stayed in playoff contention and league contention by improving to 6-2 (4-1).
Sage Baith opened the scoring with a 7-yard TD run at the 3:29 mark of the first quarter for the Cougars. He added a 34-yard TD with 10;11 left in the first half for a 14-0 lead.
The Trojans responded with their lone score of the night less than three minutes later, as Evan Legg found David Lamoreaux for a 22-yard TD pass. Curtis Fredericks added the extra point to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 7:33 left in the first half.
However, four minutes later, Baith scored again on a 22-yard run with 3:31 left in the half. Neither team found the end zone in the second half.
Legg was 16-of-35 passing for 252 yards with a TD and an interception, while Timmy Jayes caught 11 passes for 185 yards. Lathan Sholes led the rushing attack with 46 yards on 15 attempts.
Baith ran 32 times for 188 yards and 3 TDs for the Cougars, while Ross Kuhn was 10-of-11 passing for 181 yards.
South Central is at Plymouth (6-2, 3-2) next Friday, while Crestview has another big game at Western Reserve (6-1, 4-0), which visits St. Paul (7-0, 4-0) tonight in Norwalk.
Crestview 7 14 0 0 — 21
South Central 0 7 0 0 — 7
CVW — Sage Baith 7 run (Levi Kibler kick)
CVW — Baith 34 run (Kibler kick)
SC — David Lamoreaux 22 pass from Evan Leg (Curtis Fredericks kick)
CVW — Baith 22 run (Kibler kick)
Mapleton 7, New London 6
ORANGE TWP. — Trailing 6-0 at half, the Mounties picked up a touchdown in the third quarter and held on from there to earn their first win of the season on Friday at John E. Camp Stadium.
Mapleton improved to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the FC with the loss, while New London fell to the same record (1-7, 1-4).
The lone New London score came in the second quarter when Ben Kalizewski broke off a 63-yard TD run, but the extra point was blocked to leave the score 6-0 in favor of the ‘Cats.
Mapleton then capped a four-minute, 53-yard scoring drive on a 1-yard run by QB Gage Scurlock at the 8:15 mark of the third quarter, and the extra point was good for what proved to be the winning points.
“They brought pressure on us the entire game and we just couldn’t handle the pressure,” New London coach Kemmes Keys said “There was literally no time for us to do anything — run or pass. They had a great game plan, we just didn’t execute offensively.”
New London was paced by Kalizewski with 96 yards on 13 carries. Peyton Wilson completed 9-of-25 pass attempts for 105 yards. Jacob Allen grabbed 5 passes for 82 yards.
It gets no easier for the ‘Cats, as they host state-ranked St. Paul (7-0, 4-0) next Friday at Recreation Park.
Tiffin Columbian 16, Bellevue 14
TIFFIN — In a big SBC Lake matchup between two former longtime Northern Ohio League powers, it was host Columbian slipping by the visiting Redmen on Friday at Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
The Tornadoes opened the scoring with a 90-yard TD pass from Chase Frankhauser to Nick Koerper on the first play from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead. They extended it to 13-0 with 3:49 left in the first quarter when Frankhauser ran in from 43 yards out.
The Redmen (5-3, 1-2) then battled back.
Jack Howey capped a scoring drive with a 2-yard TD run with 7:29 left in the first half — then he finished off a 6-play, 94-yard march just before half on a 6-yard TD run. Two Hunter Knottke PATs put the Redmen up 14-13 at halftime.
But Columbian (7-1, 2-1) got a 31-yard field goal from Xavier Coppus with 11:13 left in the game, and both teams buckled down as it was the final margin.
Bellevue hosts Sandusky (6-2, 2-1) next Friday.
Port Clinton 63, Willard 28
WILLARD — The Redskins returned the opening kickoff 75 yards and never looked back in Friday’s SBC Bay Division win over the host Crimson Flashes.
Port Clinton (4-4, 2-1) led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, but then scored five times in the second quarter to open up a 49-8 halftime lead.
With the loss, Willard fell to 0-8 (0-3), and the schedule gets no more forgiving with a trip to Div. V No. 5-ranked Oak Harbor (8-0, 3-0) next Friday.