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Rebels roll onward

November 12, 2011
By JOE GIESY - Staff Writer , Salem News

RAVENNA - The Rebels stormed the Knights' castle Friday to topple them in a 41-20 win at Ravenna Stadium.

"I'm real impressed with how we executed in all phases," Crestview coach Paul Cusick said. "That's what you have to do in the playoffs."

He said both their offensive and defensive lines stepped up to meet the challenge, which is exactly what they needed to do.

Crestview met Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas in the second round of Division V playoffs after defeating Cuyahoga Heights a week ago. They will face Kirtland in the third round at 7:30 on November 18.

"I knew they were going to be a physical team, and they were," Cusick said.

He said he was pleased with how physical the Rebels played tonight and how they "flew around" Aquinas and made plays.

"Our offensive line's great," quarterback Adam Coppock said. "The holes seemed to get bigger as the game went on."

After a scoreless first quarter, Coppock ran the first touchdown of the game a minute into the second quarter to give Crestview the lead, but Aquinas tied up the game two minutes later with a 44 yard pass to Colby Hart.

With 6:29 left in the half, Blower shook off Aquinas's defenders who were putting pressure on him the entire game and ran the ball for a 35 yard touchdown then Aquinas's Bryan Wilkins came right back with his own 33 yard rush to tie up the game once again.

Cusick said they knew the Knights would be keen on Blower so they ran counters with him and got the ball to some other people.

Unwilling to let the game go into half-time tied up, Coppock and Blower pushed the ball up from the midfield until Coppock was able to recreate the magic of his first touchdown by putting the ball in from within the five-yard line once again.

"We have a good chemistry going, it's kind of a one, two punch," Coppock said about himself and Blower. "We have to give credit to up front though because if they aren't making those big holes, we aren't going to get that one, two punch that we need."

Crestview controlled the quarter until they reached the 20-yard line and Aquinas held them to a fourth down and kicker Zack Moore scored the only points of the quarter with 35-yard field goal.

Crestview dominated the fourth quarter both offensively and defensively. They put 17 more points up with touchdowns from Blower and Craig Lower and another field goal from Moore.

Lower's touchdown came with 11:35 left in the game after a 79 yard rush by Blower put the ball on the one-yard line. Blower nearly had the touchdown himself but was pushed out of bounds before he could get in the end zone.

Coppock said Blower's rush was his favorite play of the game.

"That was the game changer right there," he said.

The Rebels' final touchdown of the game came off a 38-yard rush from Blower who would end up setting a school record with 322 rushing yards in a single game.

"He just ripped off some big runs," Cusick said. "Once he gets going, it really makes our offense click."

The 2011 Rebels now also hold the Crestview record for most wins in a season with 11.

Aquinas scored one more touchdown off a 40 yard pass to Hart with four seconds left in the game but failed the two-point conversion.

"Crestview's an outstanding football team," Aquinas coach Tim Budd said. "They were better than us in every facet of the game."



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