2014 Crestview Football Preview

2014 Crestview Rebels’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 11-2 (6-1), ITCL Upper Tier
Head Coach: Paul Cusick, 19th Year (132-67)
Division: 5
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2013
School Playoff Record: 9-12
Last League Title: 2012
5-Year Winning Percentage: 85.2%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – at Beaver Local, 7
Sept. 5 – West Branch, 7
Sept. 12 – at Liberty, 7
Sept. 19 – at East Palestine, 7
Sept. 26 – South Range, 7
Oct. 3 – Lisbon, 7
Oct. 10 – at Jackson-Milton, 7
Oct. 17 – at Springfield, 7
Oct. 24 – United, 7
Oct. 31 – Columbiana, 7

Single Season Leaders
Rushing Yards: Corey Hill, 2073 (2008)
Passing Yards: Carter Hill, 1665 (2010)
Receiving Yards: Josh McDade, 830 (2013)

Career Leaders
Rushing Yards: Nick Blower, 4298
Passing Yards: Carter Hill, 4172
Receiving Yards: Adam Coppock, 933

Year in Review: Crestview made their 6th straight playoff appearance in 2013 after suffering just one loss during the regular season. The Rebels tied the school record for wins during a single campaign with 11 (2011 and 2012) and advanced to the doorstep of the state tournament before bowing out to Akron Manchester (69-21) in the Division V Regional Final.

Quarterback Collin Gilbert replaced Adam Coppock as the team’s starter in 2012. Gilbert went onto complete 56.3% of his passes and toss 35 touchdowns compared to only 10 interceptions during that time. Collin became one of only three Rebel passers to throw for over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (Carter Hill, 2009-10; Brad Gecina, 1992-93).

Despite the streak of Crestview’s run of league titles ending at five-straight years in 2013, the Rebels have won 62 games over the last six seasons.

Among area teams, Crestview’s offense has managed to be in the top 10 in scoring in each of the past six seasons. The defense allowed a pair of opponents to score a combined 118 points last year which snapped their nine-year streak of holding the opposition to less than 20 points per game.

The Rebels’ week one match up at Beaver Local will have special meaning for Coach Paul Cusick. He will lead his team onto the field for the 200th time as head coach which spans the past 19 years. Coach Cusick began his journey as an assistant at Columbiana in 1989. Seven year later, he was the head coach of Leetonia. During his stay at Crestview, he’s directed the Rebels to 11 post-season trips in the past 14 years. Cusick has accumulated a winning percentage of 66.3%.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 41.2 (5th in Area)
Rushing Offense: 315.0
Passing Offense: 122.9
Points Allowed Per Game: 26.1 (38th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in Crestview
Offensive Production?
The Rebels must replace their top four rushers, big-play receiver and their starting quarterback. Last year Collin Gilbert, Trevor Cope, Josh McDade and Jake Ferris gained 86% of the team’s 4,095 rushing yards. Gilbert passed the ball 157 of 166 times that the Rebels put the ball in the air. McDade set school records for his 830 yards receiving and 12 TDs a year ago. Returning senior Jesse Best completed 6 of 8 for 76 yards and averaged 7 stripes per carry in 2013. Evan Beachler took an Honorable Mention nod for his play in the league. Beachler caught 16 passes for 277 yards (17.3 ypc) and 2 scores.

Who will fill in upfront?
Crestview lost John Davis, Clint Linhart, John Kacenski, and John Radman all to graduation. They were all key cogs in the team’s success last fall. The Rebels must find replacements for each of those individuals this off-season.

Core group returns on Defense.
When three members of a defense tally 342 tackles amongst them, many would think that at least two of them would’ve been seniors. In Crestview’s case, each are back in 2014. Inside linebackers Cody Mackall and Derek Kozlowski compiled 117 (6 sacks) and 114 ( 4 sacks) defensive stops respectively last fall. Mackall, a senior, saw his number increase from 42 in 2012 as Kozlowski, also a senior, also saw a hike from 33. Junior safety Spencer DeSalvo had 25 tackles in 2012 as a freshman. Last year, his total went to 112. Sophomore defensive end Jordan Murphy returns after a 31 tackle season which also saw him complete 2 quarterback sacks.

Recent Statistical Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Collin Gilbert – 1522
2012: Collin Gilbert – 1006
2011: Adam Coppock – 1119
2010: Carter Hill – 1665
2009: Carter Hill – 1547
2008: Carter Hill – 960
2007: Tony Britton – 1063

Rushing Yards
2013: Collin Gilbert – 1904
2012: Nick Blower – 2041
2011: Nick Blower – 1872
2010: Carter Hill – 1104
2009: Carter Hill – 1116
2008: Corey Hill – 2073
2007: Tony Britton – 1156

Receiving Yards
2013: Josh McDade – 830
2012: Dimitri Gregory – 415
2011: Collin Gilbert – 580
2010: Kody Simpson – 487
2009: Adam Coppock – 560
2008: Jakob Leon – 516
2007: Corey Hill – 453

Tackles
2013: Cody Mackall – 117
2012: Kaleb Baker – 106
2011: Craig Lower – 124
2010: Craig Lower & Andrew Mayer – 91
2009: Adam Britton – 110
2008: Nick Robinson – 97
2007: Shane Dilling – 103

Quarterback Sacks
2013: Cody Mackall – 6.0
2012: Evan Nentwick – 7.0
2011: C.J. Collins – 11.0
2010: Derrick Riehl & C.J. Collins – 9.0
2009: Gary Cervone – 7.0
2008: Nick Robinson – 12.0
2007: Nick Robinson – 5.0

Interceptions
2013: Zack Hicks & Collin Gilbert – 2
2012: Matt Hardenbrook – 4
2011: Dillon Gorby – 3
2010: Jake Danks – 4
2009: Jake Danks – 5
2008: Jakob Leon – 9
2007: Cameron Reynolds & Corey Hill – 2

Fact Finder: Crestview is one of only three schools in the area to have had a winning season in each of the past ten years (Hubbard, Wilmington)…The Rebels are also one of only two schools in the area to have registered double-digit wins in each of the last three years (Hickory). Crestview also is just one of two area Ohio-schools to have registered at least one playoff win in each of the last three seasons (Western Reserve)…Despite not winning the league title last year, Crestview still holds the distinction of having won either the Lower Tier or the upper Tier championship the most times (5)…Cody Mackall led the team with 6 sacks last year as a junior. The last time a junior had 6 sacks for Crestview was in 2009 (Tom Marnejon)…The Rebels have won 17 consecutive games at home and have posted a 18-1 on the road.

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