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Crestwood hosts Lower Richland seeking out first region victory

By TIM LEIBLE
tim@theitem.com
Posted 10/11/19

The Crestwood High School football team opened up Region IV-4A play last week with a tough 49-7 loss to region favorite A.C. Flora, but the Knights should have a prime chance to break into the win column in region play as they play host to Lower …

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Crestwood hosts Lower Richland seeking out first region victory

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The Crestwood High School football team opened up Region IV-4A play last week with a tough 49-7 loss to region favorite A.C. Flora, but the Knights should have a prime chance to break into the win column in region play as they play host to Lower Richland on Friday at Donald L. Crolley Memorial Stadium.

Lower Richland comes into the matchup with a 2-4 overall record, but won its region opener last week, beating Dreher 56-7. While Lower Richland doesn't have a spectacular record, Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson knows the Knights will have their hands full.

"They're very athletic on the offensive side of the ball, and defensively they're aggressive and they pursue the ball very well," said Nelson, whose team owns a 2-3 record. "They're very active defensively, they give you a lot of fronts - they'll give you a 4-man front, they'll give you a 3-man front - so they do a lot of things defensively.

"Offensively they do a lot of things as well. They give you a solid run game, but at the same time they'll give you a power-pass formation that forces you to cover people."

Lower Richland is a tough team to game plan for defensively because they spread the ball around so much offensively. Jamison Ganzy Jr. runs the offense as the quarterback, but the Diamond Horents use a number of different running backs and wide receivers to keep defenses off balance.

"The quarterback jumps out at you as a talented kid. He's got a good arm, he's a dual threat and has good feet," said Nelson. "They spread the ball around, so there's not really one guy that get the ball to. They spread it around pretty good.

"It kind of makes it a little difficult," continued the Crestwood head coach. "Any given play anyone can get the ball, so from a defensive standpoint you can't take a play off because the person across from you can be a threat at any point."

Lower Richland has shown an ability to score this year, putting up 30 or more points four times. That makes the game plan pretty simple for Crestwood: take care of the ball on offense and limit the explosive plays defensively.

"We need to see success early on and have the ability stay on the field offensively," said Nelson. "Defensively, you've gotta take away the big plays, gotta limit the big plays."

Crestwood has had an up-and-down start to the season, but Nelson and the Knights know that they still have a lot of region play ahead. A win on Friday night would be a step in the right direction as they look to make a splash in the region.

"It would go a long way. It's that time in the season where everything matters a lot," said Nelson. "We've just got to focus on this one game and try to play well and look for that first region win."