Ben Johnston's 1-yard TD helped the Raiders break a 21-21 fourth-quarter tie.
By JOHN BUTERA
NORTH LIMA -- On a night when big plays were the order, it all came down to a 1-yard run as the South Range High football team edged Crestview 28-21 Friday.
Using a high-risk, high-reward offense that featured a no-huddle shot gun, Crestview (1-1) amassed over 300 yards rushing but couldn't overcome Ben Johnston's short plunge, which gave the Raiders (2-0) the winning touchdown with just 1 minute, 59 seconds to go.
"We knew it would be a heck of a game coming in, and it was," South Range coach Dan Yeagley said. "It all comes down to good people making good plays, and we were able to get it done in the end."
Crestview, the odds-on favorite to win the Tri-County League, marched 57 yards late in the opening period.
Jordan Reynolds carried the final yard for the touchdown, but David Myers put the Rebels in that position with runs of 37 and 14 yards as Crestview went out 7-0.
Myers was impressive the entire night, with his best effort coming on a play in which he smacked into his own teammate only to recover and gain 9 yards. By the half he had over 100 yards.
Reynolds, meanwhile, came up big the entire game -- not only rushing but passing, especially on third-and-long.
South Range tied the score on a 26-yard run by John Less, but the Rebels came back to lead 14-7 as Myers scored from 25 shortly after a nice run of 14.
Crestview had things going its way again late in the half when South Range stopped it on a fourth-and-1 from the Raiders' 15.
From here, South Range needed just two plays to cover 75 yards and go into intermission tied at 14-14.
The Raiders' touchdown came when Less found David Maxwell, who ran 40 yards after the catch to finish the 58-yard score.
With 1:22 left in the third period, Justin Carolyne burst 68 yards on a punt return as South Range went ahead 21-14.
"The coach said it could come down to special teams," Carolyne said. "I love it back there. Every time, you want to break one."
Reynolds was just getting warmed up, though, as his 45-yard burst tied the score 21-21.
With 4:36 left the Raiders got a huge break when Joe Marino recovered a Rebel fumble at the Crestview 38. Not only did Crestview lose the ball, but Myers was done for the night too, suffering a laceration.
Runs of 15 yards by Tony Darkadakis and 14 by Less set up Johnston's game winner.
Myers ended up with 146 yards, while Reynolds topped everyone with 183. Both had 21 carries.