By J. SCOTT SEWELL | firstname.lastname@example.org
It turns out that playing perhaps the toughest schedule in South Carolina high school football over the first two weeks of the regular season has some benefits to it after all.
After blowout losses to a pair of undefeated 5A powerhouses, Crestwood pulled out a much needed 43-20 road victory over Richland Northeast on Friday.
“It was a good crowd, it was their only home game that they have on campus, and it was their Alumni Night as well,” Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson said of RNE. “We went on the road and were able to go out there and get a win, and that’s big for our program.”
The Cavaliers did manage to put a scare in Crestwood early on, scoring the first 13 points of the game after a couple of long runs resulted in scoring drives for RNE.
The Knights’ offensive unit then went to work, rattling off 22 consecutive points to take a 22-13 lead in the third quarter.
“I definitely was very proud of them for showing some resilience and some grit and fight,” said Nelson. “They were able to shake off that 13-point deficit and bounce back to score 22 unanswered points. I’m proud of my guys. They kept playing and kept competing at a high level.”
Junior quarterback Clayton Feagin connected with sophomore receiver Maki Williams for the first score, a 30-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Crestwood didn’t waste any time, scoring next on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Feagin to Montrell White to give the Knights a 14-13 halftime lead. White finished with 100 all-purpose yards and a touchdown on the night.
Crestwood added a safety early in the third quarter, and then a 4-yard rushing touchdown by Tony Raymond to complete their 22-point scoring run.
The Cavaliers answered with their final touchdown of the night to cut the deficit to 22-20, but Jaice Calderon added a 38-yard touchdown run to stretch the lead back to 29-20.
Feagin connected with Maki Williams for a 31-yard touchdown pass to put the game officially out of reach at 36-20 in the fourth quarter. Feagin finished 16 of 25 for 197 yards and three touchdowns.
“Feagin had a good game,” said Nelson. “There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but he’s a first-year starter, and he’s working at it, trying to get better week by week.”
TyJuan Wally added the final score, a 25-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
“I think it was a complete team effort,” said Nelson. “Our guys settled down defensively, after giving up two cheap long runs that led to scores. The offensive line did a good job of protecting, and a good job in the run game. Special teams busted two long kickoffs across midfield that set us up for scoring drives and the few times we did punt early in the game it gave us outstanding field position.”
Junior defensive end Parris Lowry shined on defense for the Knights, racking up five total tackles, three for loss, and two sacks.
It was an important win for a Crestwood team that had been outscored 86-2 so far this season, and it served as revenge for a 21-20 loss suffered to the Cavaliers last year.
“We needed it,” said Nelson. “You need to have some success. You need the guys to see that what we’re doing can work and hopefully try to feed off that for next week.”
The Knights travel to Manning on Friday.
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