DALLAS — Crestwood found out Saturday afternoon what some previous Dallas opponents knew. The Mountaineers aren’t a typical winless team.
Crestwood also used the same method of those past opponents to keep Dallas without a victory.
The Comets wore down Dallas’ defense in the second half, scoring three touchdowns for a 28-7 Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3A victory.
Crestwood (7-1) led 7-0 at halftime after scoring on its opening drive of the game. Running back Frank Aigeldinger ended the five-play, 48-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run. But the rest of the half, the Comets didn’t move deeper than the Dallas 33-yard line.
“It was more so what we weren’t able to do,” Crestwood coach Greg Myers said. “We weren’t really executing up front offensively. But if you look back, Dallas has been doing that all year. They’ve been playing tough first-half ball. We knew going into it it was going to be a tight game, especially early on.
“But I think our size and physical play wore them down.”
Dallas (0-8) has heard that refrain throughout the season. Once again, the defense did its job only to have the offense falter. The Mountaineers had 29 yards of offense in the first half, while the defense limited Crestwood to just 84.
Dallas’ only touchdown came at 7:19 of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Matt Harrison found receiver Justin Mucha on a crossing pattern right at the midfield logo. Mucha turned upfield for a 71-yard touchdown.
The scoring play accounted for over half of Dallas’ 129 yards of total offense. Harrison was sacked five times and hurried on many occasions. The running game was problematic again as the top rusher was Ryan Cheskiewicz with 11 yards on six carries.
Meanwhile, Crestwood deviated from its single-wing offense in the second half. Quarterback Jay Popson connected on a 54-yard pass to receiver Connor Sheloski, setting up a 2-yard run by Popson for a 14-0 lead at 9:09 of the third. The duo also hooked up on a 9-yard TD pass for a 21-0 lead later in the quarter as Sheloski just managed to get a foot down in the back of the end zone.
After a 2-yard touchdown run by Aigeldinger pushed the lead to 28-7, Crestwood tried to score again in the final minute. But Dallas held inside its 10-yard line as time expired.
“Once again, despite the score on the scoreboard these kids do not quit,” Dallas coach Bob Zaruta said. “They showed the resiliency to come back on that last drive even though Crestwood tried pretty hard to punch it in at the end.”
Aigeldinger paced Crestwood’s attack with 133 yards on 19 rushes. It was the fourth consecutive game — and sixth in all — where he topped 100 yards on the ground.
Crestwood 28, Dallas 7
CRE — Frank Aigeldinger 3 run (George Gendler kick), 8:43
CRE — Jay Popson 2 run (Gendler kick), 9:09
CRE — Connor Sheloski 9 pass from Popson (Gendler kick), 3:42
DAL — Justin Mucha 71 pass from Matt Harrison (Aaron Napkora kick), 7:19
CRE — Aigeldinger 2 run (Gendler kick), 4:40
RUSHING — Crestwood, Aigeldinger 19-133, Popson 12-31, Matt Bobeck 8-51, Tanner Kahlau 5-55, Brandon Cole 1-(minus-3), team 2-(minus-4). Dallas, Ryan Cheskiewicz 6-11, Harrison 8-(minus-36), David Simpson 5-5, Mucha 3-5.
PASSING — Crestwood, Popson 7-13-1-81. Dallas, Harrison 8-26-1-144.
RECEIVING — Crestwood, Kahlau 1-(minus-10), Andrew Chang 1-4, Tim Tokash 2-14, Sheloski 3-73. Dallas, Mark Michno 1-6, Mucha 4-97, Simpson 1-7, Jack Tomko 1-9, Logan Brace 1-25.
INTERCEPTIONS — Crestwood, Lance Blass 1-9. Dallas, Brace 1-0.
MISSED FGs — None.