PREP FOOTBALL

Crestwood hoping to hit stride

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Roosevelt Nelson thinks his Crestwood High School football team is playing the best it has all season the past two weeks.

The Knights defeated Lakewood 40-14 in their regular-season finale to secure the No. 3 seed from Region VI in the SCHSL 4A state playoffs. They followed it by by going on the road and beating 7-3 Chapin 28-14 in the first round of the playoffs, the program's first playoff win under Nelson in his four years.

"We've been getting better each week," said Nelson, whose team owns a 6-5 record. "It's been a collective effort on both sides of the football with everyone coming together."

The victory allows CHS to travel to Little River today to take on undefeated North Myrtle Beach at 7:30 p.m. in the second round.

The Chiefs are 11-0 on the season and are ranked second in the state among 4A schools behind defending state champion South Pointe.

"They're a pretty balanced offensive team," Nelson said.

North Myrtle Beach quarterback Cason McLendon had a huge game against Colleton even though he only threw the ball 14 times. McLendon connected on 10 of the passes with five of them going for touchdowns.

McLendon has completed 101 of 179 passes for 1,557 yards and 23 TDs on the season.

Running back Kered Class rushed for 254 yards and a score against Colleton as the Chiefs ran for 387, finishing with 581 yards of total offense. Class has rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 scores.

"All 11 of our guys our going to have to step up and do their jobs for us to be successful defensively," Nelson said. "We've got to execute our game plan to the best of our abilities."

Crestwood's passing game has come to life in the past two weeks, particularly between quarterback Anthony Bradley and wide receiver Joshua Simon.

After he had seven catches for 136 yards and two scores against Lakewood, Simon had seven more catches for 185 yards and another TD against Chapin. Bradley completed 12 of 20 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns while running for two more scores.

"Those two guys have really stepped up the past two weeks," Nelson said.