Crestwood creates problems for Tunkhannock
BY MATT RAYMOND
WRIGHT TWP. – Crestwood scored early and often and kept its foot on the throttle throughout the game as the Comets demolished Tunkhannock 56-0 at home Friday night.
Early on, Crestwood, which had attempted just 26 passes in four games prior, threw the ball against a loaded box.
Jay Popson threw the ball 11 times for 118 yards in the first half alone, while also running for two touchdowns.
“We didn’t come out ready to play,” Tunkhannock head coach Rod Azar said. “Crestwood is a good team and we got some momentum early but we couldn’t stop them on defense and were very unproductive offensively. We thought we could avoid having a night like that but we’ll have to move forward and do better.”
Crestwood’s Frank Aigeldinger continued his torrid pace of late, rushing for 146 yards and three scores and hauling in a Popson touchdown pass to boot.
“They were certainly loading the box on us and we felt we could get them with some play action,” Crestwood coach Greg Myers said. “We’re starting to run the ball so well that teams are going to do that.”
Popson’s two rushing scores got the onslaught started in a 21-point first quarter that included his touchdown pass to Aigeldinger, who added the fourth score of the half on a 6-yard run with just 21 seconds left on the clock.
“Crestwood is one of the better teams in the conference so we struggled,” Azar said. “They have one of the better offensive lines and they pushed us around and controlled us all night. We had moments of good defense but Aigeldinger is a talented kid who gave us fits all night.”
Meanwhile, in the first half, Tunkhannock notched just two of its five first downs on the night.
In all, the Tigers (1-4) were held to just 82 yards of offense on 43 plays. The powerful Comet defensive line also continued its strong play of late with three sacks on the evening.
“We struggled,” Azar said. “We tried to run the ball against them but they stacked the box and basically said to throw it to beat them and we had an off night doing that. When you can’t loosen things up to get your running game open that’s the recipe for a bad offensive night.”
The second half was more of the same as Crestwood forced a three and out on both of the half’s first possessions.
The offense followed suit with a two-play, 40-yard drive capped by a 39-yard Tanner Kahlau score and a four-play, 29-yard drive capped by another Aigeldinger touchdown.
Aigeldinger added a 53-yard score in the third and the scoring finally ended with a Josh Kaminski 4-yard run in the fourth.
Tunkhannock faces another tough challenge when it hosts Berwick this Friday night.
“We’ve got two games coming up against two of the best teams in the district, so we have to get back to what we do offensively by spreading the field and controlling the ball in the hands of our athletes,” Azar said. “We mentally have to be prepared for all quarters and sustain some drives to keep them off the field and stay in the game. If we get down on ourselves and don’t play hard we’ll get into trouble.”
Tunkhannock 0 0 0 0 – 0
Crestwood 21 7 21 7 – 56
CHS – Popson 17 rn (Gendler kick), 10:22.
CHS – Popson 7 run (Gendler kick), 5:33.
CHS – Aigeldinger 18 pass from Popson (Gendler kick), 2:21.
CHS – Aigledinger 6 run (Gendler kick), :21.
CHS – Kahlau 39 run (Gendler kick), 9:45.
CHS – Aigeldiner 18 run (Gendler kick), 4:16.
CHS – Aigeldinger 53 run (Gendler kick), 1:24.
CHS – Kaminski 4 run (Gendler kick), 1:52.
First downs 5 13
Rushes-yards 35-72 31-294
Comp-Att-Int 2-8-0 8-11-0
Passing 10 118
Total Yards 82 412
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 8-56 5-53
Rushing: Tunk – Cywinski 13-38; Beauchemin 4-1; Leon 6-27; Edmondson 6-26; Stage 1-(-7); Ell 2(-16); Dailey 3-3. CHS – Algeldinger 15-146, 3 TDs; Kahlau 3-53, 1 TD; Popson 5-35, 2 TDs; Kaminski 2-10, 1 TD; Blass 5-39; Rother 1-11.
Passing: Tunk – Beauchemin 0-2-0, 0.; Ell 2-6-0, 10. CHS – Popson 8-11-0, 118, 1 TD.
Receiving: Tunk – Cywinski 1-1; Beauchemin 1-9. CHS – Tokash 4-62; Sheloski 1-7; Aigeldinger 2-37, 1 TD; Kahlau 1-12.
Crestwood linebacker Frank Cordeiro sacks Tunkhannock quarterback Brian Beauchemin in the first half. The Comets held a 28-0 lead at halftime. PHOTO/MICHAEL R. SISAK