Crestview Offense Too Much for Pirates


Dakota Bricker (by M. Foster)

Dakota Bricker (by M. Foster)

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(BLUFFTON) - Crestview junior quarterback Drew Kline only stands 5’9” tall and weighs but 150 pounds but he was by far the biggest star on the field for either team Friday night.  The speedy signal caller accounted for four touchdowns in a 40-20 Knight victory. 

Crestview entered the game undefeated, leading the Northwest Conference in scoring at 39 points per game and ranked fifth in this week’s state rankings for Division VII.  If there was any doubt about the ranking, it vanished pretty quickly.  The Knights scored on the their first five possessions and built a 33-0 halftime lead to take the air out of a beautiful night at Harmon Field. The first offensive play of the game for the Knights saw Kline fake a hand off and throw a dart to tight end Grant Schlagbaum for a 54 yard gain.  Four plays later, running back Charles Stefanek scooted into the end zone for a score. On the Knights next possession, Kline again was accurate on a long throw down the middle, this for a 44 yard touchdown to Wade Sheets.  Kline added two more touchdown passes before halftime.  But his feet were also dangerous.  On third down and nineteen, the shifty quarterback scrambled outside and zipped up the left sideline for a 39 yard touchdown.  

The Pirate offense was stymied their first three drives before making some headway late in the half.  Dakota Bricker returned a kickoff to midfield setting up the Pirates with great field position.  Runs by Kaleb Jefferson, Brice Rayle and Dakota Bricker advanced the Pirates to the Crestview 19 yard line.  Knight safety Wade Sheets intercepted a pass on the next play and returned it to the Pirate 20 yard line. 

The teams traded possessions in the third quarter as the game experienced a running clock with the Knights leading by over 30 points.  In the fourth quarter, Bluffton was able to gain some positive plays to build on,.  Dakota Bricker completed a 37 yard pass to Logan Rhodes and followed it up with a 26 yard touchdown run on the next play. On the next drive, Gavin Conrad took a pitch and raced 32 yards for a touchdown.  And on the final play of the night, Deandre Nassar rumbled 35 yards to form the final score at 40-20.  Nassar ran two other times for gains of 20 and 19 yards.  

Brice Rayle completed 3 of 8 passes for 33 yards and two interceptions.  Deandre Nassar was the leading Pirate rusher with 74 yards on just three carries.  Logan Rhodes and James Badial-Luna had one catch each for 37 and 29 yards respectively.  Hunter Busch led the defense with six tackles.  The Knights outgained the Pirates 377-262 in total yardage and 16-10 in first downs.  

The Pirates will host Paulding Friday night for Homecoming. The Panthers are 1-3 on the season and coming off a 35-0 loss to Columbus Grove.  


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