Crestview, Hicks move past Aviators

NEW WATERFORD, Ohio (WKBN) – The spread offense may be designed to pass the ball to receivers in open territory, but for the Crestview Rebels it is clearly a way for it’s running backs to get lanes in which to run. They did just that as Zack Hicks led the Rebels with 194 yards and four touchdown in the Rebels 49-28 victory over the Alliance Aviators.

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The win improves the Rebels to 3-0 on the season, while Alliance drops to 0-3.

“I have to give the rest of my guys credit,” senior center Jake Wick said. “Both my guards, and all of us just talk really well, we have great communication. We have always been a run strong team, and were going to keep it that way.”

PHOTOS | Crestview 49, Alliance 28

“We wanted to come in here and tire them out and physically win up front,” senior tackle Jarred Jones remarked. “They are a division three school, a lot bigger than us, but we don’t back down to anyone.”

“I think they are really working hard to come together as a unit. We have some new guys with a mix of veterans. We have a nice solid unit up there,” Cusick added. “They have a lot of potential and can really get better.”

In addition to Hick’s 194 yards, halfback Tyler Stratton added 120 yards with one touchdown and quarterback Spencer DeSalvo ran for 82 yards.

“It starts up front but they run really hard for us and I’m very proud of our backfield,” Wick said.

“It good to have a good line, but when you have the back to back them up it’s really nice,” Jones added.

On the night the Rebels would out-rush the Aviators 462-228. Most of the Aviators scoring coming as a result of some big plays.

“They did a good job up front, Aviators Coach Mike Schott remarked. “We knew coming into the game it was going to be a challenge on both sides of the ball. They do a nice job. They have a good program.”

The Aviators scored first in the contest on a big play as receiver Duce Johnson took an inside handoff 80-yards for a touchdown on just the Aviators second play of scrimmage. That score made it 7-0 with 9:23 left in the first quarter.

The Rebels answered with a touchdown of their own as Hicks scored on a 29-yard run to tie the game at 7-7 with 6:02 left in the quarter.

But wasn’t until the second quarter that the Rebels really started to exert their force on Alliance as they scored on two consecutive drives. The first was a -yard run by Stratton with 8:59 remaining in the quarter, then Hicks caught a 16-yard pass for another touchdown with 5:14 left in the half. At that point the Rebels held a 21-7 lead.

The Aviators would close the gap just before halftime when Devernte Martin hauled in 6-yard pass from quarterback Aeyron Williams with just 38-second remaining. The score was set up on a bobbling 52-yard catch by Elijah Hill that took the ball to the Rebel 6.

The Rebels would essentially seal the game in the third quarter when Hicks scored twice more to put the Rebels up 35-14. The first was a 1-yard dive, and the second a 8-yard run with just 45-second remaining in the quarter.

The Aviators and Rebels traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter with Johnson scoring again with 11:19 left in the game on a 57-yard run, and then Tyler Williams caught a 27-yard pass with 5:20 remaining in the game.

The Rebels scores came on a 24-yard run by Hicks and a 59-yard scamper by Brandon Sherrill with only 2:28 left in the contest.

Next eek the Rebels travel to Warren’s Mollenkoft Stadium to take on the Warren JFK Eagles on Saturday night.

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