WRIGHT TOWNSHIP — Most of the Wyoming Valley Conference already knows that Crestwood enjoys a healthy running attack. But what the Comets did to Pittston Area Friday is one for the record books.
Crestwood ran for 510 yards, 323 from running back Frank Aigeldinger, and completed only one pass for a yard en route to a 55-14 bewildering of the visiting Patriots.
Aigeldinger, in Crestwood’s sweeping offense, carried the ball 21 times and scored four more touchdowns to add to his already impressive season resume. The Patriots had no answer to the Comet front seven, or the Crestwood (2-1) lead blockers.
“Of course I scored touchdowns and that’s great,” Aigeldinger said. “But we had some really great blocking up front. The line and the fullbacks executed perfectly.”
Behind leading men Jacob Zbegner and Matt Bobeck, Aigeldinger had a pair of touchdowns over 60 yards in the second half — he already added a 19-yard and a 3-yard score in the second quarter.
“We certainly utilize our fullbacks mainly as blockers,” Crestwood coach Greg Myers said. “That was the case tonight. They deserve a lot of credit. Of course the offensive line played great, too. But those two fullbacks are just excellent inside.”
Pittston Area’s only real highlight of the night was when Josh John returned a kickoff 94 yards right up the middle for a touchdown. But that wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter.
After battling a pair of Lackawanna Conference teams the past two weeks, Pittston Area (0-3) was looking for a little more defensively in its 2013 WVC debut. Many of Crestwood’s long plays went via the sweep, and some turned that sweep into a reverse.
The Patriots didn’t really have an answer.
“They were stronger up front,” Pittston Area coach Mike Barrett said. “That was it. They were getting guys on the perimeter. They were just really strong.”
Crestwood built an early 14-0 cushion with touchdown runs from Brandon Cole and Tanner Kahlau. The Comets covered nearly 120 yards in those two drives.
But Pittston Area was able to answer. Starting at their own 18, quarterback James Emmett hit Kyle Gattusso for 30 yards up the seam. Add a pair of Comet penalties and two plays later Hassan Maxwell slashed and dashed from 8 yards out to make it 14-6.
But that’s pretty much the last of Pittston Area’s offense, which finished with only 134 total yards.
That’s when Aigeldinger and the Comets rushing attack really exploded. Aigeldinger answered the Pittston Area score with 10:36 to play in the second. And just before halftime, the swift tailback went 19 yards for a score and a 27-6 halftime lead.
Aigeldinger had 179 yards on the ground at halftime. Pittston Area had just 107 total yards.
Crestwood 55, Pittston Area 14
C — Brandon Cole 33 run (Parolo Audate kick), 8:41
C — Tanner Kahlau 5 run (Audate kick), 3:59
PA — Hassan Maxwell 8 run (pass failed), 0:22
C — Frank Aigeldinger 19 run (Audate kick), 10:36
C — Aigeldinger 3 run (kick failed), 0:09
C — Aigeldinger 61 run (Audate kick), 8:05
C — Aigeldinger 65 run (Audate kick), 10:16
C — Mike Bobeck 8 run (Audate kick), 4:51
PA — Josh John 94 kick return (James Emmett pass to Zack Hoffman), 4:37
C — Jay Popson 2 run (Audate kick), 2:20
Team statistics`Pitt Area`Crest
RUSHING — PA, Kyle Gattusso 12-30, Hassan Maxwell 3-11, Emmett 3-11, Zach Erfman 3-10. C, Aigeldinger 21-323, Kahlau 8-80, Popson 4-57, COle 2-38, Bobeck 1-8, Jacob Zbegner 1-4.
PASSING — PA, Emmett 7-16-73-0, Nico Ciquegrani 0-1-0-0. C, Popson 1-2-1-0.
RECEIVING — PA, Maxwell 3-26, Gattusso 1-30, Rich Weinstock 2-12, Michael Schwab 1-5. C, Bobeck 1-1.
INTERCEPTIONS — None.
MISSED FGs — None.