WRIGHT TWP. ‚?? The Crestwood band started into Ozzy Osbourne‚??s ‚??Crazy Train‚?Ě midway through the first half, and it was very much appropriate.
The Comets were on one crazy, runaway ride, as seemingly nothing went right ‚?? and worse yet, all that went wrong just kept snowballing ‚?? in a 61-21 loss to Scranton Prep in an Eastern Conference Class 3A semifinal Friday night.
‚??Just the fact that we‚??re using a lot of guys in different positions ‚?Ľ we lost another starter this week,‚?Ě Crestwood coach Greg Myers said of a depleted lineup. ‚??But all the credit to Scranton Prep. The bottom line is Scranton Prep wanted this game more than we did.‚?Ě
Scranton Prep senior Marshall Kupinski ran for 206 yards and five touchdowns in the first 22 minutes. He had seven runs of at least 10 yards, with touchdowns of 1, 58, 1, 10 and 9 yards.
Pat Marino ran seven times for 141 yards, including three runs of 41 or more yards, all in the first half.
‚??It starts with the kids up front,‚?Ě Scranton Prep coach Nick Donato said. ‚??They did a terrific job. Marshall has been solid running the ball for us, even when they don‚??t have as good of a game up front as they did tonight.‚?Ě
The Cavaliers scored the first eight times they had the ball. Adding insult to injury was Owen Perih, as the junior blocked a punt at the end of the Comets first possession, then scooped it up and tumbled into the end zone for a 12-0 lead 3:34 in.
Perih‚??s star-struck season came to an end seven minutes later, as he apparently broke his left leg on Crestwood‚??s biggest play of the first half, a 25-yard completion from Michael Legg to Brandon Cole.
Perih was carted off the field to a waiting ambulance.
‚??We wanted to go after one and we got them to execute,‚?Ě Donato said of the punt block. ‚??I think he broke his leg. He was the kid with the punt block.‚?Ě
The first 24 minutes were perhaps the worst half of football in Crestwood history. The deficit was 27-0 just 5:30 in, and reached 40-0 just 1:06 into the second quarter. Cavs senior Jake Stafursky had three interceptions in a seven-minute stretch of the first quarter
The Cavaliers had 452 yards of offense in the first half, compared to 49 for the Comets. Scranton Prep went to the locker room with a 61-7 lead, the 61 points surpassed in a game only once by a Crestwood opponent ‚?? Southern Columbia posted a 76-0 win over the Comets in 1969.
Crestwood‚??s Kota Kishel pulled down six passes for 69 yards to eclipse the 1,000 yards receiving mark for the season.
Eastern Conference Class 3A Semifinal
Scranton Prep 61, Crestwood 21
SP ‚?? Marshall Kupinski 1 run (run failed), 10:04
SP ‚?? Owen Perih 2 blocked punt return (pass failed), 8:26
SP ‚?? Clem Rinaldi 8 pass from Griffin DiBileo (Aaron Para pass from DiBileo), 7:28
SP ‚?? Kupinski 58 run (Mark Fetter kick), 6:30
SP ‚?? Kupinski 1 run (kick failed), 1:54
SP ‚?? Kupinski 10 run (Fetter kick), 10:54
C ‚?? Brandon Cole 83 kickoff return (Evan Callaghan kick), 10:41
SP ‚?? Pat Marino 42 run (Fetter kick), 9:12
SP ‚?? Kurpinski 9 run (Fetter kick), 5:40
SP ‚?? Marino 41 run (Fetter kick), 1:27
C ‚?? Kota Kishel 4 pass from Michael Legg (Callaghan kick), 8:17
C ‚?? Frank Aigeldinger 9 run (Callaghan kick), 8:37
RUSHING ‚?? SP, Kupinski 16-206, Marino 7-141, Ed Gilmartin 4-20, Mike Terrery 5-19, Rinaldi 3-16; CRE, Aigeldinger 10-92, Callaghan 9-29, Michael Legg 4-18, Cole 4-2, Team 1-(-23).
PASSING ‚?? SP, DiBileo 4-6-0-89, Nick Solfanelli 1-2-0-18; Legg 11-23-3-117.
RECEIVING ‚?? SP, Rinaldi 2-27, Rock INTS ‚?? SP, Stafursky 3-0. MISSED FGS ‚?? None.
INTS ‚?? SP, Stafursky 3-0.
MISSED FGS ‚?? None.