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Fresh off a bye week, the Crestwood High School football team is aiming to continue its positive momentum when it travels to Columbia on Friday to face A.C. Flora.
The Knights will be opening play in Region IV-4A, and they'll be doing it against the top dog. The Falcons are the defending region champions and are ranked seventh in the most recent 4A rankings in the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll.
The Falcons enter the contest undefeated at 5-0, outscoring their opponents 216-96 on the season. The Knights come in on a 2-game winning streak and have that extra week of rest.
"We're basically just trying to improve ourselves, looking at some film and making corrections on some things we can control," said Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson.
Crestwood dropped its game against Flora last season, losing a tight one, 17-16, at home. According to Nelson though, the team isn't looking back. Instead, the Knights are just focused on Friday.
"Honestly, it hasn't even been brought up," Nelson said. "We've got a new team, they've got a new team. It really hasn't come up."'
The Knights used their week off to get healthy and get ready for a high-octane Falcons offense. Flora has scored 40 points or more in each of their past four games, including last week's 49-43
victory over 5A Chapin this past Friday.
The Falcons are led by running back Matthew Pack. Pack has emerged as one of the top running backs in the state so far this season, racking up massive running totals week in and week out. He notched his third 200-yard performance of the season against Chapin last week when he finished with 222 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with just over three minutes remaining.
"We've got to play fundamental football," said Nelson. "We've gotta tackle, we've gotta limit the big plays, and we gotta make sure we get after the ball."
The Knights will look to their much improved defensive unit to stop Pack. Crestwood has allowed just 14 points per game over its past two games, after allowing 43 points per game in its first two.
"It's about all three phasas, not necessarily one group that has to do anything extraordinary," said Nelson. "We have to go out and play within our scheme."
The Knights entered their game with the Falcons 0-4 last season, but are .500 this year and primed to compete in a wide open region.
"Whenever you get wins it breeds confidence, and that's what we're kinda seeing right now," said Nelson. "At the same time, that only goes so far. You still gotta go out and execute and do the things that make you successful."
After scoring only two points in their first two games, the Knights have scored 67 in the two wins. They beat Richland Northeast 43-20 and Darlington 24-8.
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