WRIGHT TWP. — Crestwood would line up in the shotgun. Jay Popson and Frank Aigeldinger would frequently both be in the backfield awaiting the snap.
If Pocono Mountain West ever did get a bead on which one would end up with the ball, it didn’t matter. The talented Crestwood juniors ended up doing equal damage.
Aigeldinger and Popson combined for nearly 300 of Crestwood’s 342 rushing yards as the Comets won their sixth straight with a 42-0 dismantling of the Panthers on Friday.
Popson finished with 140 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns, including an impressive 43-yard scamper through traffic that effectively ended the game at 21-0 midway through the third quarter.
Aigeldinger finished with 158 yards, polishing off a big night with a 44-yard run in which he dragged defenders on his back all the way to the 2 before punching in the game’s final touchdown.
“Our offense is focused on (the fact that) anybody can rush for 100 yards, 150, 200 yards every game,” said Aigeldinger, who went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season on the night. “Anyone can make big contributions.”
Defensively, the Comets (6-1) shut down a West offense that had hit its stride in winning the last two games. Qmac Quiteh and Amir Blair had combined for 300 yards and four scores a week ago on the ground, but Crestwood managed to hold them to just 90 on Friday.
Taking snaps out of the shotgun himself, Quiteh ripped off a 14-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. He finished the night at 14 yards rushing, factoring in a pair of sacks.
“When you’re playing a team like Pocono Mountain West, you don’t want to give up too many big plays, because that’s what they thrive on offensively,” Crestwood coach Greg Myers said. “The kids, defensively, played a heck of a football game.”
The Panthers (2-5) were held to 113 total yards as the Comets pitched their second shutout in the last three weeks. Crestwood forced three turnovers, including a late interception by Aigeldinger.
Still, the Comets led just 14-0 at halftime on touchdown runs by Tanner Kahlau and Popson. Myers said he thought his offense was “sluggish” in the first half with “plenty of room for improvement.”
Popson added his final two touchdowns in the third quarter. Then the defense nearly found the end zone, too, falling on a fumble just a foot short of the goal line.
Fullback Jacob Zbegner punched it in on the first play of the fourth quarter before Aigeldinger closed out the scoring.
“We’re just scratching the surface right now with this offense,” Myers said. “The kids see it. We’re putting up some good numbers and we’re scoring a lot of points, but we’re still trying to work some kinks out. The kids are still learning.”
Crestwood 42, Pocono Mountain West 0
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CRE —Tanner Kahlau 31 run (kick failed), 2:57
CRE — Jay Popson 6 run (Popson run), 6:46
CRE — Popson 43 run (George Gendler kick), 8:03
CRE — Popson 5 run (Gendler kick), 0:42
CRE — Jacob Zbegner 1 run (Gendler kick), 11;57
CRE — Frank Aigeldinger 2 run (Gendler kick), 3:40
RUSHING — PMW, Amir Blair 9-76, Qmac Quiteh 15-14, Ryan Kinger 1-14, Chris Sanchez 3-11, Yashiyah Louissant 1-(minus-2). CRE, Frank Aigeldinger 19-158, Jay Popson 19-140, Tanner Kahlau 4-40, Brandon Cole 1-3, Jacob Zbegner 1-1.
PASSING — PMW, Quiteh 1-5-1-12, Kinger 1-3-0-5. CRE, Popson 3-7-1-42.
RECEIVING — PMW, Jordan Hardy 1-12, Chris Martinez 1-5. CRE, Aigeldinger 1-16, Kahlau 1-16, Cole 1-10.
INTERCEPTIONS — PMW, Zach Swingle. CRE, Aigeldinger.
MISSED FGs — None.