Raiders edge past Rebels in 17-14 win
The tie-breaking kick went in with only about 10 seconds left in the game.
By JOHN BUTERA
NEW WATERFORD -- It was a championship drive and a championship kick.
With Crestview and South Range tied 14-14 Friday night, the Raiders put together an impressive drive and capped it with Pat Majernik's 28-yard field goal as South Range edged the Rebels, 17-14.
With 13 seconds remaining in the contest, Crestview used its last two time outs to try and ice Majernik, but it was to no avail as his game winner found the mark with but 10 seconds to go.
"I knew they were going to try and freeze me up," said Majernik, "They do it in the NFL all the time, but I tried to keep as calm as I could."
It seemed the whole Raider team was calm as it took control on its own 11 yard line with 2:31 remaining and all three time outs. Six plays, five of them passes, saw the Raiders get into Crestview territory at the 45 with 36 seconds on the clock. From here South Range came up big twice more as quarterback Mike Leskosky hit David Rach for gains of 19 and 10 yards. That set up the winning field goal.
"Against a great team like Crestview, you just want to try and make anything happen that you can," said Raider coach Dan Yeagley. "As for the kick, Pat's usually good from about 40, so there was really no pressure. If he misses it, we're in overtime."
With the score tied at 14, Crestview looked to be in great shape, beginning a drive at the 50 early in the fourth quarter. Soon the Rebels were at about the 20 before a hit by Steve Bensinger caused a fumble which was recovered by teammate Joe Novak. Crestview held, however, and had one more shot, this one starting at the South Range 40.
"You can't have turnovers and penalties against South Range," said Crestview coach Paul Cusick. "We just didn't play well enough to win. You have to take care of business, and we didn't. That's what I told the kids. Plus you have to give South Range credit."
Down by seven twice, 7-0 and 14-0, Jordan Reynolds and Adam Thompson led Crestview to tying touchdowns. Thompson scored from 6 yards out, thanks to a earlier run in the drive of 19 by Reynolds. Later, down 14-7, Reynolds scored from 1 yard out again after coming up earlier with runs of 36 and 10 on the two of the drive's previous three plays.
Reynolds, who is the key to Crestview's high-risk, high-reward offense, said, "Turnovers and missed keys hurt us."
Reynolds led the Rebels with 108 yards on 15 carries. Thompson finished with 98 yards on 19 attempts.
South Range's two scores were runs of 6 yards and 1 yard by Kris Davis.
Davis rushed 16 times for 72 yards.