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Crestwood football looks to rebound from 'disappointing' 2018

By J. SCOTT SEWELL jscott@theitem.com
Posted 8/21/19

The 2018 football season was a frustrating season for Crestwood High School. The Knights lost their first eight games before beating Lakewood and Darlington to earn a spot in the 4A state playoffs where they ultimately fell to Hartsville …

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Crestwood football looks to rebound from 'disappointing' 2018

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The 2018 football season was a frustrating season for Crestwood High School. The Knights lost their first eight games before beating Lakewood and Darlington to earn a spot in the 4A state playoffs where they ultimately fell to Hartsville 57-7.

However, it wasn't just that they lost those eight straight games; it's how they lost those games. The Knights dropped five games by one score or less, including a pair of 1-point losses to A.C. Flora and Richland Northeast.

"It was definitely a disappointing season for us," said Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson. "This year, we're looking to execute and finish. Heading into 2019 we've talked about finishing in whatever you do. Whether it's a block, a run, a catch, a tackle or an assignment in class; finish it the right way."

Offensively, the Knights are looking to senior wide receiver Montell White to fill the void left by Joshua Simon who signed to play at Western Kentucky. "We feel confident that Montrell White can step in and do a good job if not even better," Nelson said.

Crestwood is still trying to figure out what it will do at quarterback, with juniors Clayton Feagin and Aziah Gaskin battling for the starting job. Feagin appears to have an inside track on the starting job, and it helps that he has support from White.

"Feagin is pretty good, and I feel like Clayton would be a better starter at getting all of us receivers the ball," White said.

Luckily, for either Feagin or Gaskin, the Crestwood offensive line is perhaps the Knights' strongest unit.

"I think (offensive line) is probably our strong suit," Nelson said. "We have eight guys that can play offensive line if we had to play a game today. It helps. It helps a lot. If you have an offensive line, you can get things done."

While 2018 may have been a disappointment, it's helped the program forge a strong stable of leaders who now understand what it takes to overcome adversity.

"Sometimes it takes a complete athlete to be successful," Nelson said. "This is not the most talented team that I've coached. It's not. From a leadership standpoint, and character ... this is the best team so far."