Crestwood (0-3) suffered a heartbreaking loss to visiting Coughlin on September 18 before an enthusiastic hometown crowed. After battling hard for four quarters, the Comets came up a point short in the 42-41 loss with only 50 seconds left.
Tanner Kahlau was the workhorse for Crestwood, scoring four touchdowns. Kahllau carried the ball 22 carries for 232 yards.
Both teams lit up the scoreboard in the second half as each scored a pair of TDs. Kahlau scored the Comets’ first two touchdowns in the opening quarter, one from a yard out and the other on a rambling 68-yard run. The scores put Crestwood in front 14-12.
Coughlin started the scoring in the second quarter on a 17 yard scoring run. Crestwood responded when quarterback Lance Blass completed a 26-yard pass to Seamus Rother. Once again the Crusaders responded on a 3-yard pass play. Josh Malkemes tacked on the Comets’ second score of the quarter pulling in a 15-yard pass from Blass. The half ended with Crestwood having the edge, 28-27.
Coughlin pulled ahead in the third quarter but the a fourth quarter scoring frenzy made for an exciting finish. The Crusaders added their final score of the game to put the Comets behind by 14. Kahlau scored again on a 3-yard run. With less than a minute left in the game, Kahlau again crossed the goal line to pull Crestwood within one and a tie but Crestwood opted to try for two and the win. When the run for two failed, the Comets fell by one.
Statistically, the teams played fairly even. Crestwood rushed for 343 yards on 43 carries and Coughlin ground out 300 yards on 53 carries. In passing, Crestwood had 449 yards compared with Coughlin with 357. Connor Sheloski caught four passes for 42 yards, Rother was 2-35, and Malkemes, 2-29.
Crestwood will take on Pittston Area in the Homecoming Game on Friday evening at 7 p. m.