Crestview routs rival Panthers, 35-0
Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:49 AM
By Nick Johnson
Crestview’s Isaiah Kline (4) attempts to break a tackle against Parkway’s Sage Dugan (34) on Friday night. The Knights beat the visiting Panthers 35-0. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
DHI Media Correspondent
CONVOY —The 2014 football season began much the same way the 2013 campaign did for the Crestview Knights: a shutout of area rival Parkway on opening night.
After a 21-0 win last year at Panther Stadium, the Knights went on to a Northwest Conference championship and a playoff victory. If Friday night’s 35-0 win over the visiting Panthers is any indication, the Knights are on the right track to see similar success this year.
Parkway had an opportunity to score first, thanks to excellent starting field position when the Knights tried an onside kick to start the game.
Parkway’s first snap was a Justin Barna run. Barna broke into the open field and dashed for 34 yard into Knights territory. Four plays later on 4th-and-8, Barna faked the option and ran for 20 yards to put Parkway in the red zone.
Parkway was set up on Crestview four yard line, but a false start penalty on second down forced the Panthers to try a short field goal, which was missed.
Crestview hit the ground running as Preston Zaleski put up nine yards on a third down bootleg followed by a 14-yard jet sweep by Malcolm Oliver. The Knights finished off the drive with a 19-yard swing pass from Zaleski to Oliver for a touchdown with 3:48 left in the first quarter. Jake Tatum added the extra point to give the Knights an early 7-0 lead.
The following Knights drive saw Zaleski hook up with Dylan Grandstaff on a 2nd-and-5 for 22 yards. An 11-yard Jake Lippi run put Crestview in the red zone, where Oliver ended the drive with a 19-yard touchdown run with 11:11 left in the second period. Tatum connected on the point after and Crestview had a 14-0 lead.
Parkway got some momentum going when Cody Coffman ran for 19 yards on an option play, and Barna picked up 14 yards by himself on a quarterback keeper, but a bad snap on the next play derailed the Panther drive and Parkway was forced to punt.
After the punt, Crestview went to the air as Zaleski found Nate Owens downfield, and Owens took the ball to the house for a 78-yard touchdown pass with 8:04 left in the first half. After a Tatum extra point Crestview was up 21-0. The Knights scored on their next drive when Grandstaff took a 40 yard sweep to pay dirt to give Crestview a 28-0 lead after Tatum added the point after with 4:15 left in the second period.
The Panthers second drive of the third quarter featured a 31-yard pass from Barna to Kevin Flowers, but three plays later Parkway coughed up the ball on a bad snap and fumble.
Crestview capped off the scoring with a 66-yard touchdown run by Zaleski in the fourth quarter with just 8:51 left in the game. Zaleski took the ball up the middle, ran towards the home team sidelines, and then cut back towards the opposite side of the field before finally making it into pay dirt. Tatum added the point after to give the Knights a 35-0 win.
“I thought in the first half, we were focused and executing very well offensively and defensively,” remarked Crestview coach Jared Owens. “In the second half I felt we put it on cruise control a little bit. We didn’t really try to extend the lead like I would like us to try. It just gives us something to work on. In the end, we come out healthy and got a win in a big rivalry game, and it’s huge to start the year.”
“I’m really disappointed in the way things went,” Parkway’s Dan Cairns said. “This may stupid, but I felt like it was a closer game then the score showed. When you get inside the five a couple times and you come up empty, that’s definitely deflating. We had another good drive, but we had a holding and just really shot ourselves in the foot. We had guys at the point of attack, we just didn’t make plays when we needed to.”