WRIGHT TWP. — Tunkhannock wasn’t even given much of a chance to get its offense going.
For comparison: Crestwood put 21 points on the scoreboard needing just 14 plays in the game’s first 10 minutes. Tunkhannock, in the same time frame, managed just 5 yards.
Things didn’t get much easier for the Tigers Friday. Crestwood shut out the Tigers 56-0 to move into a tie with Coughlin for second place in the Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A race.
The Comets ran with ease over the Tiger defense. Crestwood averaged just under 10 yards per carry, rushing the ball 30 times for 298 yards.
“We certainly wanted to establish the run game,” Crestwood coach Greg Myers said. “That’s what we do. We run the ball well. Our offensive line is going to only get better. Some of our younger running backs are only going to get better. If teams are loading the box, we can certainly throw the ball too.”
Frank Aigeldinger scored three rushing touchdowns and caught a fourth to lead the Comets. He finished with a game-high 149 yards on 14 carries.
Crestwood utilized the passing game much more frequently than it had earlier in the season. In addition to his two rushing touchdowns, Jay Popson completed 7-of-10 passes for 117 yards. Popson found Aigeldinger for an 18-yard touchdown to put the Comets ahead 21-0 with 2:21 left in the first quarter.
“They were certainly loading the box on us,” Myers said. “We felt like we could get them on some play-action. It was very similar to what Wallenpaupack did to us last week. We run the ball so well that teams are going to start doing that.
“The nice thing is we have a quarterback that can throw the football well and some receivers that can catch the ball.”
Timothy Tokash caught four passes for 63 yards.
Tunkhannock struggled to move the ball, only garnering two first downs before Crestwood substituted out its starters in the fourth quarter. The Tigers finished with 67 yards of total offense and mustered an average of 1.63 yards on 35 carries. Tunkhannock did not achieve a first down until 10:08 in the second quarter.
“We mix it up a lot on defense,” Myers said. “We try to keep teams off-balance, and we certainly did that tonight. They have some nice skill players, and we had a lot of success keeping the ball out of their hands.”
Crestwood 56, Tunkhannock 0
CRE — Jay Popson 17 run (George Gendler kick), 10:22
CRE — Popson 7 run (Gendler kick), 5:33
CRE — Frank Aigeldinger 18 pass from Popson (Gendler kick), 2:21
CRE — Aigeldinger 6 run (Gendler kick), 0:21
CRE — Tanner Kahlau 39 run (Gendler kick), 9:45
CRE — Aigeldinger 18 run (Gendler kick), 4:16
CRE — Aigeldinger 53 run (Gendler kick), 1:24
CRE — Josh Kaminski 4 run (Gendler kick), 1:52
RUSHING — TUN, Ryan Cywinski 13-34, Ryan Eli 2-(minus-15), Joey Leon 6-28, Brian Beauchemin 4-(minus-12), Brett Stage 1-(minus-7), Shane Edmonson 6-26, Brandon Dailey 3-8. CRE, Aigeldinger 14-149, Popson 6-35, Kahlau 3-53, Lance Blass 4-40, Seamus Rother 1-11, Kaminski 2-10.
PASSING — TUN, Eli 2-6-0-10, Beauchemin 0-2-0-0. CRE, Popson 7-10-0-117
RECEIVING — TUN, Beauchemin 1-9, Cywinski 1-1. CRE Timothy Tokash 4-62, Aigeldinger 2-35, Kahlau 1-13, Connor Sheloski 1-7.
INTERCEPTIONS — None
MISSED FGs — None