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Crestview crushes United

October 6, 2012
Morning Journal News

COLUMBIANA - Crestview is blowing its Inter-Tri County League upper tier competition away.

Senior running back Nick Blower became the school's all-time leading rusher with eight carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns as the Rebels marched over United 63-14 on Friday at Crestview High School.

Blower surpassed 2009 graduate Corey Hill's total of 3,343 yards on a 34 yard run with 4:20 left in the second quarter. He scored a 15-yard touchdown on the next play and his night was over as far as running the ball was concerned as the Rebels led 42-0.

The record was announced over the public address system and the crowd greeted him after the touchdown with a standing ovation.

"I had no idea I was that close (to the record)," Blower said. "It was a surprise to me. I didn't know what was going on at first."

Blower now has 3,376 career rushing yards. This season Blower has 1,109 rushing yards despite not playing in 10 quarters due to blowout wins.

"It wasn't an easy record to break," Blower said. "Corey Hill was an amazing running back. I looked up to him for sure."

Blower said he hasn't been tired after a game since the opener against Columbiana. There's a good reason for that. The 7-0 Rebels, which have scored at least 57 points in the last five games, haven't been challenged since.

"I've never know a team to score as many points as they have," United coach Mike Ward said. "They're an excellent team."

Crestview coach Paul Cusick said he wasn't sure how Blower's career would work out when it started.

"As a freshman and sophomore he had a little fumbling problem," Cusick said. "We had to work on that with him. He took it to heart and worked hard. He got himself in the weight room. I know he's a small kid, but he's very strong."

Blower showed the ability to break long runs as a sophomore. Cusick still didn't know what kind of player he had though.

"We knew he was going to be a big playmaker, but we didn't know how he was going to fit in the offense," Cusick said. "We weren't sure he was going to be an every down back because of his size, but I have no problem with him getting all those carries now."

Aside from Blower's milestone, the Rebel defense made a significant mark of its own as Jake Ferris returned a fumble 3 yards for a first quarter touchown and Matt Hardenbrook had a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown on United's last drive with starters at the beginning of the third quarter.

"The defense had its best week of practice," Cusick said.

United (4-3, 2-2) showed very little on offense against the Rebel starters and was down 55-0 at the end of three quarters.

Crestview's offense was its usual self totalling 395 yards with 315 on the ground. Quarterback Collin Gilbert had five carries for 59 yards including a 53-yard touchdown gallop. Hardenbrook added a 32-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Dimitri Gregory caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Gilbert.

Rebel reserve players scoring including Darrell Wooten on a 23-yard pass from Jesse Best. Best, who had 103 yards rushing, scored on 56-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Power and Cody Dickens had fourth quarter touchdowns for the Eagles.

 
 

 

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