The Rebels beat the previously unbeaten Huskies with a ball control offense.
By JOHN BUTERA
WEST SALEM -- For the Crestview High football team and its loyal fans, Saturday night's drive to Northwestern High School was a difficult one.
Once there, their difficulties were non-existent as the Rebels topped Northwestern 29-13 in a Division V Region 17 playoff game.
The Rebels (9-2) did it with ball-control offense and a stingy defense that caused six turnovers.
The Huskies were 10-0 coming in and had given up only 42 points the entire season, but the game was all Crestview.
Drewnowski scores twice
Keith Drewnowski rushed 22 times for 79 yards, which included touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards for the Rebels (9-2).
"We had a good week of practice and it carried over tonight," Drewnowski said. "Even though we were ahead at halftime, we went into the locker room like the score was 0-0."
Using a no-huddle offense, but still maintaining an edge in time of possession, Crestview got on the scoreboard first thanks in part to two poor Northwestern punts.
Drewnowski scored on a 1-yard run to put the Rebels out in front.
"It was a great feeling when we got that first score," Drewnowski said. "We had a great turnout with our fans and it took their fans out of it a little bit."
Crestview coach Paul Cusick said, "This was no doubt out best week of practice. I'm telling you these kids were ready to play on Wednesday."
"Once we got ahead, I think that put a little pressure on them. They were a team not use to coming from behind and I think we capitalized on that," Cusick said.
"Coming in, we wanted to be aggressive on out play calling. Earlier in the year we want to be a little conservative with our quarterback Tony Britton, but there is no reason to do that now," said Cusick.
Britton, who was 8-of-10 passing for 127 yards, rushed 12 times for 53.
"We had a great week of preparation and the coaches really had us ready and this was just a great team effort," Britton said.
Rebels took control
After Northwestern tied the second in the first quarter, The Rebels outscored the Huskies 12-0 in the second period, a quarter, during the season that saw Northwestern give up just six points, while scored 125.
Crestview came up with one of its most impressive drives of the season going 66 yards in 11 plays with Shane Danks scoring on a 10-yard run to put the Rebels ahead for keeps 13-7.
A fumble recovered by Crestview's J.D. Harris in the Northwestern endzone in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Rebels.