Rebels record league win
NEWTON FALLS –The Crestview football team came out flying in its first game as a member of the All-American Conference.
Behind a big night from quarterback Anthony Cusick, the Rebels claimed their first victory of the season by blowing out Newton Falls 49-14.
Crestview is now 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the AAC. It was the Rebels first conference game since they were members of the defunct Inter-Tri County League in 2016.
Cusick finished 15-for-24 for 282 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He got the Rebels off and running with a 39-yard pass to Brandon Yanssens and added scores of 43 yards to Joey Hawkins and 21 yards to Jack Yerkey.
Running back Ethan Powell had a strong night on the ground with 143 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. Powell found the end zone on runs of 16, 34 and 24 yards. William Hardenbrook added a 35-yard interception return.
The Rebels must gear up for a tough test next week as they welcome in unbeaten Southern. Newton Falls is at Brookfield.
NEWTON FALLS: 6-8-0-0–14
CR–Brandon Yanssens 39 pass from Anthony Cusick (Brandon Yanssens kick)
NF–Jacob Wright 85 interception return (kick failed)
CR–Ethan Powell 16 run (Yanssens kick)
NF–Paul Broadrick 69 run (2-point conversion good)
CR–Ethan Powell 34 run (Yanssens kick)
CR–William Hardenbrook 35 interception return (Yanssens kick)
CR–Ethan Powell 24 run (Yanssens kick)
CR–Joey Hawkins 43 pass from Anthony Cusick (Yanssens kick)
CR–Jack Yerkey 21 pass from Anthony Cusick (Yanssens kick)
First downs 20 8
Total Yards 468 231
Rushes-yards 29-186 28-176
Passing 282 55
Comp-Att-Int 15-24-1 9-18-1
Punts 3-37 3-40
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-35 5-35
RUSHING–Crestview, Ethan Powell 16-143, Brandon Yanssens 4-18, Anthony Cusick 1-14; Newton Falls, Paul Broadrick 4-66; Nick Oyster 7-25.
PASSING–Crestview, Anthony Cusick 15-24-282-1; Newton Falls, Nick Oyster 9-18-55-1.
RECEIVING–Crestview, Jack Yerkey 3-90, William Hardenbrook 4-62; Brandon Yanssens 5-67; Joey Hawkins 2-58; Newton Falls, Adam Honeycutt 3-26; Jacob Wright 2-10, Shayne Battison 1-10.
INTERCEPTIONS–Crestview, William Hardenbrook; Newton Falls, Jacob Wright.
Poland 27, S. Range 7
POLAND — Poland welcomed South Range into the Northeast 8 Athletic Conference Friday.
Quarterback Jack Fulton accounted for three touchdowns as Poland defeated South Range, 27-7, in the Raiders’ first game in their new league.
The Raiders scored on the opening possession as Dylan Dominguez ran in from 1 yard out only 2:17 into the contest. Poland’s defense held the Raiders scoreless the rest of the way.
Voitus threw touchdown passes of 14 and 44 yards to Michael Voitus and added 74 yards on 13 carries. That snapped a streak of eight straight scoreless quarters by the South Range defense.
Poland senior Joshua Alessi — the younger brother of South Range’s all-time leading rusher and current Youngstown State running back Joe Alessi — ran for a game-high 116 yards on 16 carries.
Fulton added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Jake Rutana scored on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
Patrick McCabe was the Raiders’ top rusher with 53 yards on 12 attempts. Ian Toy and Jacob Gehring each had two receptions, for 49 and 46 yards, respectively.
Both teams are 2-2 on the season. It doesn’t get any easier for the Raiders next Friday as they host Girard, which reached the Division IV state championship game last year.
S. RANGE: 7- 0-0-0–7
SR–Dylan Dominguez 1 run (Logan Weaver kick)
P–Michael Voitus 14 pass from Jack Fulton(Mikey Kushner kick)
P–Michael Voitus 33 pass from Jack Fulton (kick blocked)
P–Jack Fulton 1 run (Mikey Kushner kick)
P–Jake Rutana 9 run (Mikey Kushner kick)
First downs 12 16
Total Yards 235 305
Rushes-yards 28-72 42-235
Passing 163 70
Comp-Att-Int 12-23-1 3-6-0
Punts 8-37.5 6-36.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 2-17 5-35
RUSHING–South Range, Patrick McCabe 12-53, Dylan Dominguez 7-22; Poland, Joshua Alessi 16-116, Jack Fulton 13-74.
PASSING–South Range, Isaac Allegretto 12-23-163-1; Poland, Jack Fulton 3-6-70-0.
RECEIVING–South Range, Ian Toy 2-49, Jacob Gehring 2-46, Trey Pancake 3-35; Poland, Michael Voitus 3-70.
Alliance 28, West Branch 10
ALLIANCE–West Branch took another one on the chin with a 28-10 loss to Eastern Buckeye Conference rival Alliance on Friday.
West Branch falls to 0-4 and 0-1 in the EBC. Alliance is 2-2, 1-0.
Alek Wilson had 63 yards rushing for the Warriors.
Hunter Makcen had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brock Hillyer threw for 124 yards and a touchdown for Branch.
Brandon Alexander had 166 yards rushing and a touchdown for the winners who had 161 yards in penalties.
West Branch hosts winless Minerva next Friday.
W. BRANCH: 3-7-0-0–10
WB–Jared Butler 33 FG
A–Jeff Talbert 3 run (kick failed)
A–Jhon Howard 12 pass from Brandon Alexander (run failed)
W–Hunter Sayer-Makcen 25 pas from Brock Hillyer (Jared Butler kick)
A–Brandon Alexander 3 run (Talbert run)
A–Talbert 2 run (Alexander run)
First downs 18 18
Total Yards 187 382
Rushes-yards 27-44 44-284
Passing 143 98
Comp-Att-Int 18-28-0 8-17-0
Punts 5-30 3-35
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-2
Penalties-Yards 8-55 14-161
RUSHING–West Branch, Alek Wilson 8-63; Alliance, Brandon Alexander 19-66, Jeff Talbert 11-50, Carva Hancock 5-42.
PASSING–West Branch, Brock Hillyer 16-22-124-0, Justin Goode 2-6-19-0; Alliance, Brandon Alexander 8-17-98-0.
RECEIVING–West Branch, David McKevier 9-28, Hunter Sayer-Makcen 4-56, Nick Wilson 2-23; Alliance, Jhon Howard 4-70.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES–West Branch, Matthew Coblentz, Andrew Cranston.