Crestview senior defensive back Wade Sheets (3) and Wayne Trace senior Korbin Slade (3) fight for a pass on Friday night in Convoy. Crestview continued their winning streak while Wayne Trace falls again. (DHI Media/ Tina Eley)
Crestview senior defensive back Wade Sheets (3) and Wayne Trace senior Korbin Slade (3) fight for a pass on Friday night in Convoy. Crestview continued their winning streak while Wayne Trace falls again. (DHI Media/ Tina Eley)
CONVOY - Drew Kline finished 16 of 18 passing for 191 yards and threw for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Crestview Knights to a 34-14 win over rival Wayne Trace Friday night in Convoy.

With the victory, the Knights record their fifth consecutive football victory over the Raiders in improving to 3-0 on the season. Wayne Trace falls to 1-2 on the year with the loss.

Trailing 14-0 at halftime, the Raiders cut into the deficit in the third quarter.

As Crestview faced a fourth and seven at its own 34 early in the period, the snap was over the head of night punter Landin Burch. Burch then kicked the ball out of his own end zone to give the Raiders a safety and pull Wayne Trace within 14-2 at the 8:46 mark.

On the ensuing possession, the Raiders drove to the Crestview 12-yard line before being stopped on fourth down by the Knight defense.

The fourth down stop was one of several key stops by Crestview’s defense on the night.

“We were able to come up with some big stops tonight,” noted Knight head coach Jared Owens. “Defensively, I thought we started to gel a little bit and we played better tonight.”

Wayne Trace forced the Knights into a three-and-out, getting the ball back for the Raider offense at its own 44 yard line.

A three-yard run by Trevor Speice followed by a nine-yard completion from Speice to Evan Mohr moved Wayne Trace to the Crestview 44.

After an 11-yard run by Kameron Bevis, a Speice six-yard run combined with a personal foul on Crestview put the Raiders at the Knight 13-yard line.

Speice then hooked up with Mohr for an 11-yard completion to the Crestview two-yard line. Three plays later, Speice connected with Nate Gerber on a one-yard touchdown toss that pulled the Raiders within 14-8 at the 2:41 mark of the quarter.

“I was proud of the effort from the guys tonight,” said Raider head coach Mike Speice. “They battled and we were right there with a good Crestview football team.”

With Wayne Trace seemingly grabbing the momentum, the Knights responded with a huge drive.

Crestview, taking over at its own 35, put together a six-play drive that culminated with a five-yard scoring strike from Kline to Wade Sheets to give the Knights a 20-8 advantage on the first play of the fourth quarter.

“That was a big possession,” said Owens. “Give Wayne Trace a lot of credit. They came in with a great defensive game plan and executed it tonight.”

The Knights pulled away from there.

Brody Brecht added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, running for a 12-yard score at the 6:04 mark before rumbling 15 yards for a touchdown with 2:09 left.

Wayne Trace rounded out the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Speice to Gerber, setting the final margin at 34-14.

Brecht finished the night with 81 rushing yards on 12 carries to lead the Crestview ground game. Dealey added 39 yards on seven carries for the Knights, who totaled 130 rushing yards as a team.

“We were able to get our rushing attack going tonight,” said Owens. “That opens a lot of things for us when we are able to do that.”

Speice finished the night completing 15 of 26 passes for 183 yards for Wayne Trace, which finished with 227 yards of total offense compared to the Knights’ 321.

Wayne Trace opens Green Meadows Conference play on Friday as the Raiders host Tinora in the league opener for both schools. The Rams enter the contest at 0-3 after a 13-7 loss to Delta Friday night. The GMC ended non-league play with a record of 14-10 overall.

Crestview will welcome in Bluffton in the Northwest Conference opener on Friday. The Pirates are 1-2 on the year following a 21-13 loss to Ayersville last night. The NWC is currently 10-13 in non-league play with Ada visiting Lima Central Catholic this evening.