MOUNTAIN TOP - Crestwood had three running back rush for at least 90 yards in Friday night's 35-0 win over Williamsport. None of the three were Frank Aigeldinger, the Comets' 1,000-yard rusher.
It was that kind of night for the Millionaires' defense.
Crestwood spent the night running sweeps to the right and left which Williamsport (3-6) never seemed to get a handle on. The Comets averaged 8.7 yards per carry in rushing for 433 yards, and had 20 carries which went for at least 10 yards.
"I would like to see some more aggressiveness out of our guys. But that's a good football team and they did a nice job," Williamsport head coach Kevin Choate said. "They came to play football and we didn't do what we should have done. The bottom line is we had some young kids in there and they found those young kids."
Crestwood (8-1) running back Matt Bobeck had a season's worth of carries last night, and nearly doubled his rushing total for the season. It came on a night where Aigeldinger spent the second half in street clothes, leaning on crutches. Aigeldinger, who had 1,135 rushing yards coming into last night's game, carried just seven times, and only once after the first quarter.
Comets head coach Greg Myers decided to hold out Aigeldinger in the second half after his team had built a 21-0 lead and had 229 rushing yards at halftime. So Bobeck took his place, carrying the ball on direct snaps and the other various sweep plays the Comets ran.
Bobeck, a 225-pound running back, carried 15 times for 155 yards and a touchdown. The junior had just 20 carries and 156 yards this season prior to last night's game. Seven of Bobeck's 15 carries went for 10 yards or more, and at one point bridging the third and fourth quarters, six of his second carries gained at least 10 yards.
Bobeck's shortest carry of the night was a 1-yard run, and that was on a first-quarter touchdown.
"Matt is a kid that not a lot of people know about. He didn't play last year because of a knee injury and we didn't play him early on offense just to let him get back into the groove a little bit," Myers said. "Last week we started using him on offense a little bit. And holding Frankie out, Matt got a lot of carries. That's a great thing for us late in the season when we're going to start playing some physical football teams."
Bobeck was joined in going over 100 yards by quarterback Jay Popson, who ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Popson went over 82 yards for the fifth time this season, and over 100 yards for the third time.
But it's that variety in the Comets' running game which has made them so dangerous. All six of their ball-carriers last night averaged at least 5 yards per carry.
Tanner Kahlau rushed for 90 yards on just six carries.
"What we're doing offensively, it just allows a lot of kids to play a couple different positions," Myers said. "It's a nice luxury to have. And the nice thing about it is they're all underclassmen. We can hit you at a couple different points of attack with a couple different players."
Williamsport had some opportunities early last night to change the tide of the game, but never seemed to be able to get out of its own way. Malik Wilson recorded an interception of a Popson pass on the first play of the game, and the Millionaires appeared to have converted on third down with a huge pass play, but it was called back for an ineligible receiver down field.
On Crestwood's second possession a huge hit forced a fumble which was recovered by a Williamsport defender. But the officials ruled his foot was out of bounds when he recovered it and the Comets retained possession. Two plays later Aigeldinger scored on an 11-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
After Bobeck's 1-yard scoring run on the final play of the first quarter, Crestwood opened the second quarter with an onside kick which it recovered. Choate had a long discussion with the officials about whether or not the ball traveled 10 yards before Crestwood touched it.
"The fumble was big. The onside kick, I thought it was really big because I didn't feel it went 10 yards," Choate said. "But that's a judgment call and there's not a whole lot you can do at the time. I felt like we were trying to keep pace, and then the wheels kind of fell off."