Rebels put up huge numbers in W. Virginia

NEW MARTINSVILLE. W.Va. — With three turnovers in the first quarter, things could not have started much worse for Crestview Friday night.

On the other-hand, things could not have turned out much better for coach Paul Cusick’s team after running off 47 consecutive points to take control against struggling Magnolia.

Junior Andrew Yanssens ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns and the Rebels’ defense continually came up big in their own territory all night long in rolling to a convincing 47-9 victory, sending the Blue Eagles to their ninth consecutive home loss dating back to 2015, Friday night on Alumni Field at Bill Stewart Stadium.

Freshman Ethan Powell also ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns, most coming in the second half.

After each team turned the ball over and went three-and-out on their initial two possessions of the game, the Rebels finally dented the scoreboard, taking over at their own 48 following a punt.

A total of three plays gained 19 yards before senior quarterback Caleb Hill found Dylan Huff on a quick out with Huff breaking a pair of tackles on his way to a 33-yard touchdown. Brandon Yanssens’ PAT at 5:18 made it 7-0.

Unfortunately for the visitors, their next two possessions ended in turnovers by Blue Eagles’ junior Gage Adams, with both turning into points and a Magnolia lead.

Adams first intercepted Hill, putting the ball on the Crestview 20. After a 19-yard sideline pass to Leo Herrick, quarterback Pat Mirandy carried the ball in for the score on the next play with 1:17 to go in the frame. The PAT failed and it was 7-6.

Only two plays later Adams fell on an Andrew Yanssens fumble at the Rebels 35. Magnolia had a touchdown called back on the ensuing drive and eventually settled for a 32-yard Mirandy field goal through the center of the uprights to make it 9-7 with 8:12 to play in the half.

“Turnovers have been our issue all year long,” Cusick said. “I really think we came out and tried to play too fast right off the bat, but the kids really got things cleaned up after that first period and ran the game-plan to near perfection.”

Crestview put together a 12-play, 65-yard march after the field goal, with the big play being a fake punt by Hill with the ball on the Rebels’ own 29 and facing a fourth-and-16. Hill gained 19 and the visitors marched down the field with Andrew Yanssens going in from two yards away at 3:32 to make it 13-9.

For the second time in five minutes Big Blue had another touchdown called back when Dakota Litton took the ensuing kickoff at his own 10 and pitched it back to Brooks Parsons to out-run the kicking team to the end zone. However, a holding call put the Eagles in a hole at their own nine.

The Rebels scored a big touchdown just before the half, converting a huge third-and-21 with a 23-yard Yanssens run, before Hill took it in from 12 yards out with 49 seconds showing. Brandon Yanssens added the point-after.

Magnolia drove all the way to the enemy 24 with 10 seconds showing and no time out remaining before Mirandy was sacked as the clock ran out on the hosts. In all, the Blue Eagles were limited to just 47 total yards in the first half, but did score on two of three Crestview turnovers.

The Blue Eagles again drove deep into Rebels’ territory to start the third, only to have their drive stall at the 21. From there the visitors needed eight plays and a Magnolia personal foul to extend the lead. Hill and Yanssens did most of the damage before junior Devin Turvey covered the final three yards to make it 26-9 at 6:09 of the third.

Powell added a six-yard run, on a fourth-and-goal call, after an interception that pushed the margin to 33-9 late in the third while Andrew Yanssens added a 14-yarder early in the fourth after another Magnolia interception.

“We pride ourselves in being a physical team and we came out and showed that (Friday),” Cusick added. “The fake punt kind of got us going also. It was not a called play, it was a read play by our punter, his option, but he better get it if he does it.

“I thought we had a good week of practice this past week and we wanted to come in and get back to doing what we do. We have run the no huddle here for decades, but got away from it this year and brought it back (Friday). That’s who we are and our goal is to get back to that.”

CRESTVIEW: 7-13-13-21–54

MAGNOLIA: 6-3-0-0– 9


C–Dylan Huff 33 pass from Caleb Hill (Brandon Yansens kick)

M–Patrick Mirandy 1 run (kick failed)

M–Patrick Mirandy 32 field goal

C–Caleb Hill 1 yard run (kick failed)

C–Caleb Hill 7 run (kick failed)

C–Devin Turney 4 run (kick failed)

C–Ethan Powell 6 run (kick failed)

C–Andrew Yanssens 15 run (kick failed)

C–Ethan Powell 42 run (kick failed)

C–Ethan Powell 63 run (kick failed)



First downs 21 12

Total Yards 481 187

Rushes-yards 44-396 29-51

Passing 85 136

Comp-Att-Int 4-9-1 7-27-3

Punts 1-49 3-24

Fumbles lost 2-2 1-1

Penalties-Yards 12-113 10-78



RUSHING–Crestview, Caleb Hill 13-72, Andrew Yanssens 18-138, Stephen Barr 1-12, Devin Turvey 4-15, Ethan Powell 7-140, Dylan Huff 1-19 ;Magnolia, Patrick Mirandy 9-4, Brooks Parsons 1-(-3), Silas McKeever 4-9, Gage Adams 4-19, James Stillwagon 1-3, Hunter Partridge 8-17, Lent Beegle 2-2

PASSING–Crestview, Caleb Hill 4-9-85-1 ;Magnolia, Patrick Mirandy 7-27-136-3

RECEIVING–Crestview, Dylan Huff 4-85, Devin Turvey 3-0 ;Magnolia, Brooks Parsons 5-81, Hunter Partridge 2-55

INTERCEPTIONS–Crestview, Dylan Huff, Danny Moore, Stephen Barr ;Magnolia, Gage Adams