Crestview makes a good first impression
EAST LIVERPOOL–In the first-ever meeting between the Crestview Rebels and the East Liverpool Potters, the Rebels were able to accumulate 340 yards on the ground and take down the Potters, 22-6, Friday night.
Senior running back William Hardenbrook ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns and Ethan Powell added 70 yards and a touchdown. Powell was slowed down by an injury in the second half that he played through.
“You just have to be patient in the backfield and wait and see what opens up,” Hardenbrook said. “I got to give all my shoutout to the offensive line for doing everything they can and just working their butts off during practice all week.”
The Rebels had five different guys with four or more rushes and were able to keep backs fresh all night by constantly rotating.
“We are able to get rotations in and get a break and get freshened up,” Hardenbrook said. “We are always able to run fast and play fast because we are a fast team.”
According to Crestview coach Paul Cusick, running the ball was not even the main focus heading into the game.
“Actually our game plan was to throw quick,” coach Cusick said. “We thought we were going to through quick and have some issues on the line of scrimmage but our guys up front really adjusted well. We were able to create some gashes and our backfield made big plays so we kept it on the ground.
“We got some great team speed on defense and our defense can be surprising with how fast it is and we showed that today. We gave up some big plays and had a lot of penalties which I am not happy with but sometimes you have to win ugly and that was an ugly win.”
It was an ugly win indeed, as the Rebels had 15 penalties for 175 yards and three turnovers on their first four possesions, including two in the red zone. However, the defense stepped up and made plays to contain Howie Williams and the East Liverpool offense.
The Rebels held a 14-6 lead heading into the half and then after a scoreless third quarter, some controversy arose.
East Liverpool punted the ball back to Crestview after a three and out and the Rebels fumbled and it was recovered by East Liverpool. However, an inadvertant whistle before the fumble forced a rekick.
Then, on the ensuing punt, the ball seemed to touch a Crestview blocker, making it a live ball, and was jumped on by the Potters. This apparently was not seen by the officials and Crestview retained possesion.
On the next possession, Hardenbrook broke open a 39 yard rushing touchdown and put this game on ice.
For the Potters, it is about learning and growing from each game. The Potters started 2-0 but fall to 2-2 on the year now after consecutive losses.
“You always go into the game and try to shut down what they do well and they run the ball really well,” East Liverpool coach Josh Ludwig said. “We were hoping to contain their playmakers and we weren’t able to do that.
“These kids are fighters and aren’t gonna give up. We are going to try and find out what we did wrong and fix it but we aren’t going to dwell on it and we will start preparation for next week.”
EAST LIVERPOOL 6-0-0-0–6
EL– Howie Williams 22 run (kick failed)
C– Ethan Powell 13 run (Brandon Yanssens kick)
C– William Hardenbrook 11 run (Yanssens kick)
C– William Hardenbrook 39 run (Joey Hawkins run)
First downs 18 8
Total Yards 365 87
Rushes-yards 47-340 27-50
Passing 25 37
Comp-Att-Int 5-10-2 4-15-1
Punts 3-117 6-242
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 15-175 7-50
RUSHING–Crestview, William Hardenbrook 15-193-2, Ethan Powell 15-70-1, Anthony Cusick 7-39, Brandon Yanssens 6-30, Roclen Bettura 4-9; East Liverpool, Howie Williams 14-30-1, Devin Toothman 10-13, Eric Williams 3-7.
PASSING–Crestview, Anthony Cusick 5-10-25-0-2; East Liverpool, Howie Williams 4-15-37-0-1.
RECEIVING–Crestview, Brandon Yanssens 2-13, William Hardenbrook 2-2, Joey Hawkins 1-10; East Liverpool, Devin Toothman 4-37.
INTERCEPTIONS– Crestview, Roclen Bettura; East Liverpool, Braidyn Wright, Devin Toothman.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES–East Liverpool, Jamar Allen.