WRIGHT TWP. — With a win-or-go-home game looming next week, Crestwood wasn’t looking ahead at its Week 10 opponent. But it probably could have.
The Comets had no problem whatsoever with Williamsport on Friday night outgaining the Millionaires by nearly 400 yards in a 35-0 victory.
With the win, Crestwood moves to 8-1 and will face Coughlin (7-2) next week on Saturday night at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium with the winner claiming the final spot for the District 2 Class 3A Tournament.
“They’re ready to go. Our kids are focused. They care about winning football games and they’ll be focused,” Crestwood coach Greg Myers said. “We gotta get a couple guys back off of injuries but they’re focused and I think they’re going to approach this game like it’s the last game of the season whether we go on or not. This is it and they’ll be ready.”
The biggest concern for the Comets on Friday night occurred in the first quarter when running back Frank Aigeldinger left the game in the first quarter with an injury and did not return. The junior, who has rushed for more 1,100 yards this season, was seen on the sideline leaning on crutches nursing what appeared to be an ankle issue.
“I don’t know any details, but he’ll be fine. We didn’t want to put him in there and risk anything; just played it safe,” Myers added.
In Aigeldinger’s absence, Crestwood’s Matt Bobeck filled in nicely. The junior entered the game with just 155 yards for the season. He surpassed that total against Williamsport, picking up 160 yards on 16 carries, an average of 10 yards per carry.
It wasn’t just Bobeck who piled up yardage. Myers could’ve instructed his backs to run in reverse and they still would’ve picked up big chunks. The Comets offensive line helped the unit amass 436 yards on the ground as six different backs carried. Two of them — quarterback Jay Popson and Bobeck — went for more than 100 yards apiece, Tanner Kahlau was eight yards shy of the century mark, and Aigeldinger had 52 yards on six carries before he left.
“I’m not kidding when I say I got six good backs. Matt just proved that tonight,” Myers noted. “He’s going to continue to get carries and depending what’s going on next week injury wise he might be our starting tailback.”
Crestwood got off to sluggish start, fumbling twice and throwing an interception the first three times the team touched the ball. Both fumbles were recovered by the Comets, while the interception came on their first play from scrimmage, the Millionaires (3-6) were forced into a three-and-out. Crestwood rebounded nicely after that to go up 21-0 at halftime and 35-0 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.
“It was a little sloppy start for us, but we found a way and got on track and once again we played great defense,” Myers added.
Crestwood 35, Williamsport 0
CRE — Frank Aigeldinger 11 run (George Gendler kick) 5:09
CRE — Matt Bobeck 1 run (Gendler kick) :00
CRE — Jay Popson 1 run (Gendler kick) 6:12
CRE — Popson 22 run (Gendler kick) 7:44
CRE — Brandon Cole 5 run (Gendler kick) 1:14
RUSHING — WIL, Justin Hoffman 4-12, Isaac Foust 11-3, Dale Berkheimer 4-7. CRE, Frank Aigeldinger 6-52, Jay Popson 16-111, Tanner Kahlau 6-92, Matt Bobeck 16-160, Brandon Cole 4-24, Jake 1-6, Zbegner, TEAM 1-(minus-9).
PASSING — WIL, Dale Berkheimer 6-16-0-59. CRE, Popson 1-3-1-23.
RECEIVING — WIL, Foust 2-32, Nick Manzitti 1-6, Tyler Gardner 2-21. CRE, Connor Sheloski 1-23.
INTERCEPTIONS — WIL, Malik Wilson
MISSED FGs — CRE, Gendler (41, WR)