High School Sports

Crestwood slams Lancaster

DALZELL -- Bennie McMurray's silence spoke volumes Friday night outside Crestwood High School's District II Memorial Stadium.

The Lancaster football coach had just witnessed his Bruins fall 40-7 to the Knights.

When he did speak, McMurray was blunt.

"We didn't play," McMurray said. "We got beat in all phases of the football game. Offense, defense, we just got beat. They're a real good football team."

Crestwood left no one doubting its victory. Tarik Hall rushed 12 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Knights to their first win of the season. As a team, Crestwood rolled up 388 yards on 45 attempts against the 1-1 Bruins.

"We challenged them this week, especially our offensive line," said Knights coach Keith Crolley, whose team fell to crosstown rival Sumter in its season opener last week. "They came out and accepted the challenge. I felt like we played pretty well on the offensive line, and our backs blocked well for one another."

Lancaster had some early success in a long first-quarter scoring drive, but Crestwood's defense wore down the Bruins, forcing three second-half fumbles and holding them to 171 total yards.

"We settled in and got used to their speed," Crolley said in stopping the Bruins. "Our defensive coaches did a good job at making some adjustments and things to help us out here in the ballgame."

Crestwood's defense held Lancaster to 121 yards on the ground, mostly expended in the first quarter.

Running back Jamais Clark led Lancaster with 109 yards on 15 carries and notched the team's only score. Otherwise, the night was bleak for the Bruins.

"I thought our kids were at a point where we could respond to a little adversity, and we haven't gotten to that point yet," McMurray said. "The one good thing about it, it's still early in the season, and we've got a chance to make corrections.

"And trust me, we will."

Crestwood wasted no time in putting points on the board. After Knights' returner Mike McMillan ran the opening kickoff to the Knights' 39-yard line, quarterback Treginald Wilson fed the ball to Dion Franklin, who burst through the line of scrimmage on the right side and took off for the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown run 18 seconds into the game. Placekicker B.J. Ray's point after made it 7-0 Crestwood.

The Knights snuffed out any potential Bruins rally in the third quarter, jumping on three Lancaster fumbles and eventually taking two of them back for scores. Terrence Wilson scored on an 11-yard touchdown run at the 8:32 mark of the third quarter to make it 28-7 Crestwood. Later in the third, Hall ran for his second score of the night, a TD run from 6 yards out to make it 34-7 Knights.

Crestwood 40

Lancaster 7