Crestview three wins away from winning a state football title

Just a year ago, Canton Central Catholic ended Crestview’s season with a 45-0 win in postseason play.

The Canton Central Catholic Crusaders are 22-10 all-time in the playoffs, with two state titles on their resume.

There could be plenty of points piled up on Friday night. Crestview is averaging more than 42 points per game. Meanwhile Canton Central Catholic has dominated its first two playoff opponents, outscoring them a combined 90-21.

Crestview Head Coach Paul Cusick: “Well, I think they’re very balanced. They’ve got great team speed. They run to the ball on defense. They’ve got good speed on special teams. They’ve got athletes all over the place. It’s just a matter of being where you’re supposed to be. Whatever you have to execute, you execute, and get it done to the best of your ability.”

Crestview Running Back Zach Hicks: “Last year we did lose to them, and it hurt. This year, there’s a lot of motivation. We know what it felt like to lose that game. And we don’t want that to happen again.”

Crestview Halfback Tyler Stratton: “Yeah it’s kinda like a revenge, rivalry game to me. They beat us last year, but, they’re a good team and we’re an even better team this year. So, I feel like we have a great opportunity to take it.”

Crestview and Canton Central Catholic kickoff Friday night at 7:30 at Minerva High School.

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