Crestview’s running back Brody Brecht tries to shake a defender in the first quarter of their game against Bluffton. Brecht had two touchdowns and a 69 yard rush. (DHI Media/ Reid Maus)
Crestview’s running back Brody Brecht tries to shake a defender in the first quarter of their game against Bluffton. Brecht had two touchdowns and a 69 yard rush. (DHI Media/ Reid Maus)
CONVOY — The Crestview Knights came storming out onto the field Friday night. As the home crowd in Convoy cheered on and the visiting Bluffton Pirates looked on, a Knight thrust a sword into the grass, which fared as a prophecy for what would take place on the gridiron.

The Knights would dominate the Pirates winning by a score of 53-0. 40 of those points were scored in the first half. Though the game looked like it might have headed in a different direction based on the opening kick-off.

When the Bluffton Pirates took the field they scrunched their players to the middle and executed a perfect onside kick, catching the Knights by surprise. The Pirates moved the ball down field, getting two first downs. Then just as Bluffton was moving the ball, they suddenly stopped making progress. After freshman quarterback Nate Schaadt ran for no gain, he threw an incomplete pass, this set up third and long. After two failed plays, the Knights offense would take over and never look back.

The Knights utilized a balanced attack giving the ball to all their weapons in their first drive. Hand-offs to their power back, sophomore Brody Brecht, passes to their senior all-conference receiver Wade Sheets and of course this was all dished out by senior quarterback Drew Kline.

After marching the ball down field, Crestview finally punched it in with a five yard rush from Brecht, with 5:31 left in the first quarter. This was the Knights only drive in the first act of the game, though they scored just two minutes later.

An astute showing by Crestview’s defense forced Bluffton to punt on their own 24 yard line. Knight’s senior Drew Dealey came quick off the right end and fully extended to block the Pirates punt. The ball kicked away back toward the end zone and after several players, Knights and Pirates alike, were unable to recover the fumble, in came Dealey scooping and scoring for a Knights touchdown and a 12-0 lead.

This was the only time the a touchdown would be scored when the Pirates started out with the ball, as Crestview shut-out the visiting Bluffton team. Crestview’s defense limited Bluffton to 190 total yards during the lopsided victory.

“We challenged the guys to continue to play better defensively,” said Crestview head coach Jared Owens. “I thought we made improvements last week. We still gave up some big plays tonight, but we were able to put together a pretty solid performance. There is still places we can get better, but we are heading in the right direction.”

Though Crestview controlled the game throughout, the second quarter is where the Knights started dominating.

Crestview forced Bluffton’s quarterback Schaadt to fumble on the first play of a drive following a Knights punt, which Crestview recovered. Three plays later Brecht would find himself in the end zone following a 21 yard rush— his second and final touchdown of the game. Kline found Sheets in the end zone for a two point conversion and a 20-0 Knights lead.

The rain didn’t stop for the visiting Pirates as their next drive they would have a three-and-out and be forced to punt. The first play of that drive for Knights was 72 yard touchdown pass from Kline to Sheets.

Bluffton once again turned the ball over after finding moderate success moving the ball down field. Sophomore defensive back Logan Gerardot picked off the ball for the Knights giving them the ball on the 25 after a block in the back penalty.

The first play of that Crestview drive? A 69 yard rush for Brecht which featured a duo of stiff arms and a pirouette past the defenders. Kline punched it in for six yard touchdown rush the very next play—33-0.

Then Bluffton fumbled the resulting kickoff and Crestview scored on the first play of the drive—again. This time it was a 41 yard pass from Kline to Dealey. After the PAT the Knights lead 40-0, scoring 28 in five minutes of play.

“Bluffton is well coached team, they do things the right way,” said Owens. “They just had some younger guys out there, that once we were able to establish our running game and wear on them a little bit, we were able to spread the field and open up to play makers in the second quarter and those guys made plays.”

The second half saw two long touchdowns by the Knights. A 54 yard rush by Dealey and 48 yard rushing touchdown by Kaden Short.

Brody Brecht led the Knight in rushing with 136 yard and two touchdowns, though Dealey, Kline and Short also found the end zone on the ground. Kline threw for 144 yard on only five completions, two of which were housed. Sheets had two receptions for 78 yards and Dealey had 2 receptions for 62 yards.

Coach Owens who celebrated his birthday Friday night, received a fantastic present from his team in the form of 53 point shut-out victory.

The Knights host Columbus Grove next Friday.