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Rebels win big in East Liverpool

September 10, 2011
PAUL EDGAR - Staff Writer , Salem News

EAST LIVERPOOL - East Liverpool found out the hard way what so many other area teams have - Crestview is not your typical Division V football team.

Behind a strong rushing attack, the Rebels pounded the Div. III Potters, 34-7, on Friday at Patterson Field.

Crestview attempted only eight passes, but had little trouble picking up first downs on the ground en route to 347 yards rushing.

"We really focused hard on working on the run game this week," Crestview coach Paul Cusick said. "We wanted to get off the ball better and get off our blocks. The guys responded tonight."

The Rebels improve to 2-1 with the win, while the Potters fall to 0-3.

"I thought we saw some things we can build on," East Liverpool coach Rick Prescott said. "We've just got to continue to get better. All we can do is keep working hard."

The first play from scrimmage was a precursor of things to come as Crestview's Nick Blower burst through the line on his way to a 61-yard touchdown putting the Rebels up, 7-0, just seven seconds into the game.

East Liverpool responded with a 14-play, 56-yard drive that took eight minutes off the clock.

However, the Potters came up empty as Derek Thompson was stopped for no gain on a 4th-and-1 from the Rebels 9-yard line.

Late in the first quarter, Crestview once again turned to the run. This time is was Matt Hardenbrook who reached pyramid from seven yards out. The score was set up by a 33-yard run by Blower and it put the Rebels up, 14-0, with 1:29 left in the opening frame.

Crestview's C.J. Collies was a force on the defensive side of the ball. In the first half alone, the 6-foot-4 Collies deflected two passes, had a tackle for a loss and blocked a field goal.

The blocked field goal attempt by East Liverpool's Kyle Mackey came after the Potters' offense stalled on the Crestview 23-yard line. A pass by Jon Weyand was dropped by Mike Williams forcing East Liverpool to attempt the 40-yard field goal which was blocked by Collies.

On the next drive, Crestview rushed nine times and were aided by two East Liverpool penalties as Craig Lower cashed in from seven yards out giving his team a 20-0 lead at the break.

While the Rebels attempted only eight passes in the game, one went for a touchdown.

It came with 5:06 left in the third quarter as Dam Coppock connected with Disarm Gregory from 30 yards out putting the score to 27-0 in favor of the Rebels.

Crestview's last score came on a 12-yard run by Collie Greenbelt with 9:48 left in the game.

East Liverpool's lone score came with just 10 seconds remaining when Jimmy Neville found the end zone from six yards out. On the drive, East Liverpools Kale Talent had runs of 35, 8 and 5 and Trevelle Thompkins had gains of 17 and 9.

The Potters gained 128 yards on the ground for the game, but 80 of those yards came on that final drive against the Rebels second team.

Crestview, which picked up 19 first downs in the game, has rebounded from an opening loss to St. Clairsville with back-to-back wins against Beaver Local and East Liverpool.

Crestview hosts Mineral Ridge next week.

"We wanted to beef up our non-league schedule and we've been able to do that the last two years," Cusick said. "Our goal was to be 2-1 at the worst heading into the league schedule. Now, it's time to focus on the teams in our league and get prepared for them."

Crestview will host Mineral Ridge next Friday, while East Liverpool will host Hubbard.



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