Rebels huff and puff and blow down West Branch

Morning Journal/Wayne Maris Crestview’s Dylan Huff is off to the races for one of his four touchdowns as West Branch’s Jesse Rastetter and Kyle Linhart (3) give chase Friday.

COLUMBIANA–The big-play ability of junior Dylan Huff helped spark the Crestview football team to a 41-20 season-opening victory over West Branch Friday.

Huff scored on an 86-yard kickoff return and had two interceptions to go with six receptions for 122 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

With the Rebels trailing 13-6 late in the first quarter, Huff’s kickoff return put them in front to stay.

Dakota Stratton followed with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Hill, before Huff hauled in a 58-yard pass from Hill to make it 27-13 Crestview at halftime.

After the Warriors drew within 27-20, Huff helped put them away in the fourth quarter. His 26-yard touchdown pass from Hill extended the lead to 34-20 and his 96-yard interception return finished the game off.”

Hill finished the night completing 12-of-19 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Andrew Yanssens added 101 rushing yards on 18 carries, including a 26-yard score in the first quarter to put the Rebels on the board.

The Rebels forced six turnovers, which helped offset the five turnovers they coughed up. Austin Brodigan and Danny Moore also came up with interceptions for Crestview.

Quarterback T.J. DeShields led the Warriors, completing 23-of-44 for 264 yards and two touchdowns.

Kyle Linhart had nine receptions for 124 yards, while Cole Pittman scored on a 27-yard touchdown run. Brock Wilke and Nate Crick each had interceptions.

West Branch hosts Beaver Local next week, while Crestview is at Struthers.

WEST BRANCH: 13-0- 7- 0–20

CRESTVIEW: 13-14-0-14–41

SCORING

WB –Cole Pittman 27 run (Jared Butler kick)

CR–Andrew Yanssens 26 run (kick failed)

WB–Nate Crick 15 pass from T.J. DeShields (kick failed)

CR–Dylan Huff 86 kickoff return (Danny Moore kick)

CR–Dakota Stratton 15 pass from Caleb Hill (Moore kick)

CR–Dylan Huff 58 pass from Caleb Hill (Moore kick)

WB–Brandon Zuchowski 18 pass from T.J. DeShields (Butler kick)

CR–Dylan Huff 26 pass from Caleb Hill (Moore kick)

CR–Dylan Huff 96 interception return (Moore kick)

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WB CR

First downs 10 10

Total Yards 343 362

Rushes-yards 18-79 35-161

Passing 264 201

Comp-Att-Int 23-44-4 12-19-3

Punts 3-25 1-38

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2

Penalties-Yards 7-68 14-113

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INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING–West Branch, Cole Pittman 6-56; Crestview, Andrew Yanssens 18-101, Caleb Hill 11-44.

PASSING–West Branch, T.J. DeShields 23-44-264-4; Crestview, Caleb Hill 12-19-201-3.

RECEIVING–West Branch, Kyle Linhart 9-124, Jesse Rassiter 4-53, Brandon Zuchowski 3-27, Nate Crick 3-29; Crestview, Dylan Huff 6-122, Jeff Feo 2-33, Hunter Woodring 1-18, Dakota Stratton 1-15.

INTERCEPTIONS– West Branch, Brock Wilke, Nate Crick; Crestview, Dylan Huff (2), Austin Brodigan, Danny Moore.

FUMBLE RECOVERIES–West Branch, Luke Woolf, Collin Lawniczak; Crestview, Andrew Yanssens, Stephen Barr.

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