Crestview’s Malcolm Oliver carries the ball in a game at Crestview earlier this season. The Knights take to the road Friday as they visit the Ada Bulldogs. (Times Bulletin/Kirk Dougal)
BY SEAN LAFONTAINE
Times Bulletin Correspondent
CONVOY - The Crestview Knight football team dropped a close game last week to Delphos Jefferson, falling to the Wildcats 32-27. The task for the Knights will not get any easier week, as they head to Ada to take on the Bulldogs.
Ada is currently tied for the top spot in the Northwest Conference, sitting at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the NWC.
The Crestview defense will have their hands full with a dangerous Bulldog offense. The Knights are giving up an average of 26.3 points per game. The defense is giving up an average of 329 yards per game, including 171 rushing yards per game. However, they are only giving up 158 passing yards per game, which the Bulldogs will be sure to test.
On the offensive side, Crestview is putting up 26.7 points per game. The Knights have done most of their damage on the ground, averaging 190 rushing yards per game. Senior Jacob Harmon, who has 275 rushing yards on the year, leads that rushing attack. Malcom Oliver follows him with 251 rushing yards.
Coach Jared Owens knows nothing will come easy against the Bulldog defense.
"They are a good team and they throw it effectively like they always have. They have a first-year quarterback who has come in and done a nice job. They also have a very good running back who is quick and shifty. He does a good job blocking and catching the ball out of the backfield - just an all-around good player. On the defensive side, they have a very aggressive defensive front seven or eight, it depends how they play it. They are going to be a big test for us."
The Knights have been battling numerous injuries throughout the season, but Owens is pleased to see some of those players status'simproving.
"We have had a few players get casts off their hands this week so that's some good news," said Owens. "We didn't have any real major injuries last week, so that is the first time in a couple weeks. We still don't have Shane Goings, Alex Brown or Trevor Roop. Losing some of that senior leadership does hurt, but our younger guys last week really started to get more comfortable and show some improvement."
With the loss last week, the Knights dropped to 3-3 overall, 1-3 NWC. Owens spoke to his team about the small margin of error is close games and how they can improve moving forward.
We told the kids they gave a great effort, which they always do," said Owens. "We need to work on making some key tackles here and there and not giving up the big play. We also had a couple of big turnovers and when you play in tight games it comes down to who makes big plays and the least mistakes.