WRIGHT TWP. – Save for the yardage, each one of Zac Evans' five touchdowns had the same look to it – run up the middle untouched, between a Moses-at-the-Red-Sea-like hole.
Evans saved a career-best rushing performance for his last regular season game to lead Coughlin to a 42-20 win over Crestwood.
The senior halfback ran for five touchdowns and 262 yards on the ground.
It feels great, Evans said. Once you're getting to three or four touchdowns, and you know that your scores mean something and help your team. I can't even describe (the feeling).
The loss muddies Crestwood's district playoff chances. The Comets must root for Lake-Lehman to defeat Dallas on Saturday in order to qualify for the District 2 Class 3A playoffs as a No. 4 seed. If Dallas wins, then the Comets are relegated to the Eastern Conference playoffs and the Mountaineers will make districts.
It says a little bit about our football team, Crestwood coach Greg Myers said. Ask any reporter in the area what our record would be, and they'd say 4-6 and 5-5. But here we are going to the playoffs, while everyone else is going home.
The Comets were actually in the driver seat for the first half of the game.
Trailing by seven at the break, Coughlin outscored the Comets 35-6 in the second half.
I don't think we really played four quarters, Myers said. I think we gave up there at the end. That's why you play the game. You have to give Coughlin credit for putting pressure on us.
Evans opened the second half like he started the first with a 43-yard touchdown on the Crusaders' first possession. Evans scored again on a delayed handoff for 11 yards to put Coughlin ahead for good.
Crestwood brought the game to within one possession when Rich Golden caught a 7-yard touchdown with 6:08 remaining.
But the Comets' last hopes lasted exactly eight seconds.
A questionable call reversed a recovered Crestwood onside kick. On the next play, Evans ran up the middle for a 35-yard touchdown. A pair of Crestwood unsportsmanlike penalties pushed the kickoff to the Comet 30-yard line, setting up a successful onside kick that would all but ensure the Crusaders a victory.
Evans touted his supporting cast for the open holes that led to his touchdowns.
The offensive line blocked great, he said. The fullbacks blocked great. Wide receivers … it makes it so much easier when they all block.
Coughlin 42, Crestwood 20
COU – Zac Evans 41 run (Hunter Bednarczyk kick), 10:09
CRE – Frank Aigeldinger 1 run (Evan Callahan kick), 10:30
CRE – Aigeldinger 11 pass from Jay Popson (Callahan kick), 6:01
COU – Evans 43 run (Bednarczyk kick), 9:42
COU – Evans 11 run (Bednarczyk kick), 4:30
COU – Bednarczyk 42 interception return (Bednarczyk kick), 3:35
CRE – Rich Golden 7 pass from Popson (kick failed), 6:08
COU – Evans 35 run (Bednarczyk kick), 6:00
COU – Evans 14 run (Bednarczyk kick), 4:27
RUSHING – COU: Paul Cole 5-9, Tim Pilch 13-95, Evans 29-262, Ryan Gorki 1-14, Alex Kane 1-2, Jalel Monroe 1-3, Team 2-(minus-3); CRE: Popson 8-24, Aigeldinger 10-37, Brandon Cole 1-(minus-1); Callahan 10-34, Kota Kishel 3-41, Team 1-(minus-1)
PASSING – COU: Pilch 0-9-1-0; CRE: Popson 5-14-1-106, Aigeldinger 0-1-0-0, Michael Legg 0-2-1-0
RECEIVING – CRE:
INTS – COU: Bednarczyk 1-42, Tyler Layton 1-35;
MISSED FGS – None