COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Crestview Rebels used the combination of an explosive offense and a suffocating defense to overwhelm the Campbell Red Devils Friday night 59-0 to even their record on the year. The Rebels are now 1-1 on the season while the Devils fall to 0-2.
Senior running back Ethan Powell led the offensive outburst with 131 yards on the night and two touchdowns as the Rebels racked up 341 yards on the ground in the contest. They would add another 143 through the air.
While Powell and his teammates were churning out the yardage, the Rebels defense was keeping the Devils from being able to get any traction on the night. The Devils would only total 29 yards of offense in the game.
“Last week we struggled a little bit and we couldn’t adjust to the front that they (Champion) came out with last week. We really worked on it hard and it really worked out this week,” Powell said of the adjustments they made this week.
The Rebels suffered a 20-17 set back to Champion last which Powell admitted that was a big motivating factor, “We used it as fuel. 20 to 17, 20-17, we were talking about it all week.”
“We knew the mistakes we made last week that cost us and we focused on those things in practice. We preached about being physical and playing every snap, just little things,” Rebels coach Paul Cusick said.
The Rebels waisted little time in taking charge of the game as they scored on their first possession with a 4-yard run by Anthony Cusick. Following a safety when the Devils quarterback Christian Stores was sacked in the endzone, Powel scored his first of two touchdown on a 4-yard dive.
The Rebels continued to pour it on in the second frame as Powell exploded for a 62-yard run at the 10:40 mark then William Hardenbrook ran in from 23-yards out with 2:37 remaining, followed by a Brandon Yanssens 24-yard screen pass with just 39 ticks before halftime. That gave the Rebels a commanding 38-0 advantage at the intermission.
The Rebels would score three touchdown in the second half dispite a running clock as Roclen Buttera ran in from 22-yards, Matthew Strank caught an 8-yard pass, and Zander Witherow scored on a 37-yard run.
“The key is that we need to spread the ball around so they can’t key on just one guy. We were able to spread the ball around and let other guys make some big plays. We have to keep doing that going forward,” Cusick remarked about five different players scoring in the game.
Cusick was aalso pleased to see his defense respond after last week, “We were disappointed in how we played defense last week. We were really on our defense this week to sharpen up. The big thing was to just do your job and don’t try to make every play. Do your job and trust your teammates, and I think we took a step forward this week.”
“We played a team that has twenty-two started back from last year and we are playing a lot of young kids. We’re hoping that we are going to be that way three years from now. We’re playing a lot of young people,” Red Devils coach Mickey Sikora said.
CR – Anthony Cusick 4 run (Brandon Yassens Kick)
CR – Roclen Bettura tackle for a safety
CR – Ethan Powel 4 run (Yanssens Kick)
CR – Powell 62 run (Joey Hawkins Run)
CR – William Hardenbrook 23 run (Yanssens Kick)
CR – Yanssens 24 pass from Cusick (Yanssesns Kick)
CR – Bettura 22 run (Yanssens Kick)
CR – Matthew Strank 8 pass from Dominic Yerkey (Joey Carr Kick)
CR –Zander Witherow 37 run (Carr Kick)
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