WRIGHT TWP. — Crestwood ran into a tough offensive juggernaut on Friday night.
Pottsville piled up three plays of 50 yards or more setting up a score on each of those drives en route to a 33-6 win over the Comets. The Crimson Tide converted on passing plays of 57, 61 and 60 yards and a run of 42 yards with all either setting up a touchdown or being one.
It wasn’t just the defense, which had trouble tackling, that let down the Comets. The team also committed nine penalties for 82 yards. They also had two scoring plays called back because of penalties.
“I thought the kids executed, they just didn’t take advantage of those big plays, and we let up too many big plays on defense,” Crestwood coach Greg Myers said. “We had them backed up a few times and we just didn’t capitalize. They made the plays tonight. They’re a good football team. We just can’t allow a good football team to keep making plays.”
The game started the way Myers drew it up as his team took the lead after the first drive of the game. The Comets drove 60 yards on 11 plays after the opening kickoff with the drive capped by a 12-yard TD strike from Chase Passman to Ryan Petrosky for a 6-0 lead with 8:17 on the clock in the first.
But the lead didn’t last too long.
The Crimson Tide went ahead 8-6 early in the second quarter on a 10-yard run by Justice Minor, who also ran in the two-point conversion. That score was setup by a 57-yard pass after the Tide were in a second-and-22.
The Crestwood offense stalled after the opening-drive score. After three first downs on the first possession of the game, the Comets recorded just three the rest of the first half.
Meanwhile, Pottsville was putting more points on the board scoring two more TDs during the first 24 minutes on a pair of scores in the air, one being a 61-yard strike after the Crestwood defense backed the Crimson Tide into a second-and-24 situation.
With a flurry of injuries, Passman, a senior, is leading the team. And did so again on Friday completing 14 pass for 161 yards, while rushing for 28 yards.
It was a tough loss, but Myers is staying positive, and knows how to keep his team in good spirits.
“I think we gotta regroup mentally,” Myers added. “It’s a tough schedule. There’s no off week. We just have to regroup and get back together and play as a team and get some guys in the right positions.”
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