South Range gives Yeagley 200th win

South Range’s Dan Yeagley, shown with Dagan Windsor (14) and Alec Ballentine (16), gets his 200th career victory as head coach on Friday night. (Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer)

GREENFORD — With South Range holding a night of celebrating and festivities, the Raiders topped off the night by rolling over Crestview 48-21. The Raiders improve to 2-1 on the season while the Rebels drop to 1-2.

With the victory, Raider head coach Dan Yeagley reached the 200-win milestone. It’s something he credits to the Raiders program more than his own abilities.

“It’s about the program, it really is,” a humble Yeagley remarked. “The kids have to come out and play every week, but I’m just so proud of my seniors and how they have brought this team together. They are pulling together as a team, which we need to have happen.”

“The programs been around for 50 years now and I have been fortunate to be around it for a while. To me beating Crestview is the most exciting thing because they are a great program and to beat a good program is huge. That was our goal tonight,” Yeagley added.

“I’ve created such a bond with him,” senior tight end Ryan Davenport said. “I feel so great for him. It’s such a big win.”

“It’s a great feeling,” Raiders quarterback Isaac Allegretto said. “That our coach got 200 (wins) and we can share this moment with him and being part of the team it’s really great for both him and us.”

The game had an auspicious beginning for the Raiders though as the Rebels opened the game with a workmanlike drive consuming seven and half minutes off the opening clock while marching 76 yards on 14 plays. The Rebels drew first blood when Andrew Yanssens raced into the end zone from 5 yards out.

“When they scored we just answered back twice as hard,” Davenport said. “It was awesome.”

But the Raiders answered right back, and in a very quick manner. Following a 33-yard kickoff return by Trey Pancake, a short run by Trent Harold and two costly penalties against the Rebels, the Raiders scored on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Isaac Allegretto to receiver Jacob Gehring. That score came just 45 game clock seconds following the Rebels score and knotted the game at 7-7.

The two teams traded touchdowns as the Raiders scored again at the 2:28 mark of the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Harold, and the Rebels tied the game at 14 on an 86-yard pass and catch by quarterback Stephen Barr to Dylan Huff.

But in the second quarter, the Raiders began to pull away as they forced the Rebels into making some costly errors while taking advantage of a key Rebels injury. Rebels running back Ethan Powell would leave the game with a shoulder injury and not return, in addition to the Rebels throwing two interceptions and misplayed a kickoff into a turnover deep in their own territory.

“The game changed a little bit when Ethan went down,” Yeagley said. “Ethan Powell is a great running back and defensive back. It changed because now they lost that one-two punch. He’s a great ball player and I hope he gets better soon.”

The Raiders took advantage as they scored on a 2-yard run by Allegretto at the 8:53 mark of the second quarter, then follow that score up with a 57-yard pass from Allegretto to Dylan Dominguez with 2:54 left in the second frame. That gave the Raiders a 28-14 lead.

“Yeah, we put ourselves in some bad spots,” Rebels head coach Paul Cusick said. “When you play a team like that, they were clicking on all cylinders on offense and you can’t make those mistakes.”

Following that score, the Rebels special team had a miscue as the bouncing kickoff went through the hands of Brandon Yanssens with the Raiders Greg Rhoton recovering the ball at the Rebels 22. Five plays later the Raiders they would hit pay dirt with an 8-yard pass from Allegretto to Chris Brooks. That gave the Raiders a commanding 35-14 lead at the intermission.

“It all starts with our line,” Allegretto said. “Whatever the defense was doing our line countered it so I had great protection back there and I was able to take my drops and find who was open. Our receivers did a great job getting open all night.”

Yeagley’s 200th win overshadowed an impressive performance by Allegretto as he hit on 15 of 23 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns on the night. He also ran for 20 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns.

The Raiders scored twice in the second half on a 4-yard run by Harold at the 5:10 mark of the third quarter and Allegretto closed the scoring on the night with a 5-yard run with 8:11 remaining in the game.

The Rebels scoring was highlighted by an electrifying 79-yard run by quarterback Stephen Barr. That run came at the 9:13 mark of the fourth quarter.

“I told the team that sometimes another team just plays better than you, and they give you a butt whipping,” Cusick said. “And that’s what happened tonight. We didn’t play our best game and they did. They played a great game. Hats off to them. They deserved to win the game, there is no excuse.”

Next Friday the Rebels will host the Warren JFK Eagles while South Range will host the Marlington Dukes.

Game notes

¯ Raiders head coach Dan Yeagley reached the 199 mark last week with a 52-12 win over Cleveland JFK

¯ South Range recognized their 2017 Division IV state championship baseball team prior to the kickoff of the game. State representative John Boccieri presented Raiders baseball coach Hanek with a plaque.

¯As part of South Range’s 50th year anniversary alumni from 1980-1989 were treated to a special tailgate party before the game.

¯ This game is the last between Crestview and South Range for the foreseeable future. Next year Crestview will participate in the ACC while South Range will be in the newly formed NE8, leaving only the first three weeks to schedule. Crestview picked up McDonald for week three next year.

CRESTVIEW: 14- 0-0-7–21

SOUTH RANGE: 14-21-7-6–48

SCORING

CR — Andrew Yanssens 5 run (Brandon Yanssens kick)

SR –Jacob Gehring 21 pass from Isaac Allegretto (Logan Weaver kick)

SR — Trent Harold 1 run (Weaver kick)

SR — Dylan Huff 86 pass from Stephen Barr (B. Yanssens kick)

SR — Allegretto 2 run (Weaver kick)

SR — Dylan Dominguez 57 pass from Allegretto (Weaver kick)

SR — Chris Brooks 8 pass from Allegretto (Weaver kick)

SR — Harold 4 run (Weaver kick)

CR — Barr 79 run (B Yanssens kick)

SR — Allegretto 5 run (kick failed)

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CV SR

First downs 15 16

Total Yards 361 454

Rushes-yards 37-219 28-131

Passing 142 323

Comp-Att-Int 9-21-2 15-23-0

Punts 3-16 2-30

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 1-110 11-91

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INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING–CRESTVIEW, Stephen Barr 12-127, Andrew Yanssens 12-94; SOUTH RANGE, Trent Harold 20-82, Dagen Windsor 1-26, Isaac Allegretto 4-20

PASSING–CRESTVIEW, Stephan Barr 5-15-116-1-2, Anthony Cusick 4-6-26-0-0; SOUTH RANGE, Isaac Allegretto 15-23-323-3-0

RECEIVING–CRESTVIEW, Dylan Huff 4-103, Joey Hawkins 3-16, Andrew Yanssens 1-26; SOUTH RANGE, Ryan Davenport 5-142, Josh Stear 4-70, Dylan Dominguez 1-57, Jacob Gehring 2-26, Chris Brooks 2-22

INTERCEPTIONS–SOUTH RANGE, Trey Pancake, Alec Balentine

FUMBLE RECOVERIES–CRESTVIEW, Gabe Cusick ; SOUTH RANGE, Anthony Czap.