The Crestwood Comets Varsity Football team finished their season with a bang Saturday November 9 against the Berwick Bulldogs losing in the D2 Class 3A semifinals by only one point at the winner’s home Crispin Field.
The Crestwood offense was amazingly strong rushing nearly double yardage as Berwick 302-157. A disappointing callback of a 56 yard touchdown run by running back Frank Aigeldinger in the second period on a penalty called away from his run made the Comets battle harder. The first half ended with a 7-6 score.
Crestwood’s defense was all over the Berwick team including four sacks of Berwick quarterback C. J. Curry, grandson of the coach. The Comets held the Dawgs to 23 yards on the ground through 19 attempts.
Crestwood was first on the board when Frank Aigeldinger’s touchdown run went for 53 yards in the first quarter to put the Comets up 6-0. The extra point attempt sailed wide. Berwick was unable to get much yardage on the ground. Curry threw a 51 yard clincher at 1:55 of the second quarter. The extra point by Olivia Seely was good for a 7-6 lead at halftime.
Aigeldinger rushed for a total 178 yards and two touchdowns. The second Crestwood touchdown saw Aigeldinger scoring on Crestwood’s first drive of the third quarter with a 6-yard run to put the Comets back on top. Crestwood went for the extra point to make the game 13-7.
Berwick’s Dain Kowalski’s game-winning touchdown with 7:23 left in the game capped an 80-yard, seven-play drive. The Bulldogs used a 31-yard pass play and a tight end screen for 13 yards take the lead.
A controversial call was made in the last play of the game. Crestwood’s final drive began on its own 18. The Comets picked up a first down on a fourth-and-inches from their own 28. Berwick was called for defensive pass interference later in the drive on a fourth-and-9 play that gave the Comets a first down at the Berwick 24.
On the next play, the Comets lost 16 yards because of a holding penalty which helped contribute to the down and distance on the final play that was ruled an incompletion.
Berwick’s Curry took to the air for 134 yards, less than half of the yardage he completed in the team’s 41-7 opener in September. The Comets rushed 198 yards on 47 attempts. Berwick managed only 26 yards on 19 attempts.
Crestwood’s season is complete at 9-2.