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A Crestview player tries to break free of Spencerville defenders during a game between Crestview and Spencerville on Friday, Oct. 16, in Spencerville.
Times Bulletin photo A Crestview player tries to break free of Spencerville defenders during a game between Crestview and Spencerville on Friday, Oct. 16, in Spencerville.
BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin News Writer

egebert@timesbulletin.com

SPENCERVILLE - That elusive first victory seemed close for the Spencerville Bearcats. With Crestview in town, the team in black took advantage of a pair of Knight turnovers to pull out to a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

However, Crestview came storming back in the second half on a pair of rushing touchdowns from senior quarterback Steven Semer to down the Bearcats 27-21 at Spencerville.

Semer ended up with 124 yards on the ground to lead Crestview. "With the new guys we had in there, we became very right-handed because of guys that weren't there tonight, so we ran a lot to the right," explained Crestview Head Coach Jason Cross. "So give credit to those guys on the right side of the line, and give credit to Semer for running the ball hard."

The Knights began the game with a 10-play, 72-yard drive. All the yardage was gained on the ground until Crestview faced a fourth-and-goal from the Spencerville 12. Semer laced a ball over the middle that was deflected by a Bearcat, but ended up in the arms of freshman receiver Trevor Roop. The PAT made it 7-0 Crestview just over four minutes into the game.

The score stayed that way through the first quarter, but Spencerville got a break when a long Semer pass was picked off by Tyler Deitering and run back to the Bearcat 48. Then on the first play of the second stanza Deitering found sophomore Daniel Binkley who had raced past the Crestview coverage. The 39-yard-pass set up a Deitering quarterback sneak that tied the score at 7.

"Mistakes," said Cross, shaking his head after the game. "We need to take care of the football no matter who you're playing. We gave up a couple of big plays and gave them positions where things shouldn't have happened that way. We need to shore that up."

After scooping up a Knight fumble at the Crestview 20, it took only one play for the Bearcats to take the lead on a 20-yard connection from Derek Goecke to Binkley. With the conversion, Spencerville held a 14-7 lead.

Each team punted one more time before Crestview took over near midfield with just over two minutes left in the quarter. Semer hit on one pass to Noah Gebert, a pair of big connections with Drew Nofer for 43 and 12 yards, before hitting the end zone on an 11-yarder to junior Joey Overmeyer. The point-after kick hit the crossbar and the Bearcats went to the locker room with a 14-13 lead.

After being forced to punt on their first position of the third period, Crestview caught a break when the punt was mishandled and the Knights fell on the ball. The first Semer scoring run put Crestview back on top, and the two-point conversion on a shovel pass from Semer to sophomore Dallis Gibson gave the Knights a 21-14 advantage.

Semer's other score came with just nine minutes left in the game to put Crestview on top 27-14, but the Bearcats did not give up. With 1:08 remaining in the game, Spencerville capped off a scoring drive on a quick pass to senior flanker Greg Beougher who ran the ball in. The kick cut the lead to 27-21, but Crestview was able to recover the onside kick to put the game away.

After the game, Cross was happy to get the win. "We had a ton of kids sick this week, and we had a lot of guys playing in positions that they probably shouldn't be there quite yet," he admitted. "But, we'll give it to a couple of the younger guys who stepped up. We had two guys who were actually sick tonight and played anyway, and we got a win. That's what counts."

Along with Semer's 124 yards on the ground, Matt Holden added 47 yards, and Gebert tacked on 27. Nofer led Crestview with four catches for 75 yards. and Overmeyer had four grabs for 32 yards and a touchdown.

Spencerville remains winless after eight games and will travel to Columbus next week to take on Bishop Hartley.

Crestview moves to 3-5 on the year (2-4 in NWC) and will host Columbus Grove next Friday.