Crater’s Bryce Peila goes up for ball over Springfield’s Dusty Jarvis during Friday’s game in Central Point.

Crater pulls away from Springfield

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater High football team wrapped up a difficult nonconference schedule with a 31-13 victory over Springfield Friday night at Dutch Meyer Field.

D.J. Pree rushed for 124 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, and the Comets amassed 297 yards on the ground as they ran their overall record to 2-3 entering Southern Sky Conference play next Friday against fifth-ranked and unbeaten Ashland.

"It would have been nice to get another win or two, but we played some awfully good teams and I would think that we're battle tested and ready to go for league play," said Crater coach John Beck, whose September slate included games against third-ranked Sherwood and fourth-ranked Wilsonville. "I guess we'll find out next week."

Crater trailed the Millers 13-10 late in the first quarter but dominated the rest of the game thanks to its productive running game, the opportunistic passing of Nick Brothers and a defense spearheaded by linebackers Zach Boskovich and Kenny Fahndrich and safety Bryce Peila.

Brothers, the Comets' senior quarterback, completed 11 of 17 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Crater finished with a 415-221 advantage in total offense.

"We've had a lot of mental busts in the games we've lost, but tonight we finished that team off," Brothers said with a grin. "We can still play better, but we did some good things."

One of the positive plays came just 31/2 minutes into the game when Boskovich, playing fullback on offense, ran 79 yards for a touchdown on a reverse that gave Crater a quick 7-0 lead.

"We caught them off-guard — I had a lot of green in front of me around that left end," said Boskovich, who totaled 83 yards rushing on just four carries. "It was clear sailing until about the 10-yard line, when Peila threw me a great block."

Crater's lead didn't last long, however.

On Springfield's first play from scrimmage after regaining possession, the Millers executed a double pass. Quarterback Auxier Brock tossed the ball backwards to halfback Dusty Jarvis, who then lofted a 65-yard touchdown strike to a wide-open Zady Navarro.

Jarvis' extra-point kick tied the game at 7-all with 8:18 remaining in the first period.

Crater then drove 44 yards and got a 27-yard field goal from Christian Massey that made it 10-7, Comets, but Donavan Ramsdal returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to the Crater 8, and one play later Jarvis blasted over left tackle 4 yards to pay dirt.

Jarvis' extra-point kick was blocked, but the Millers had a 13-10 lead in what became a wild first quarter.

Ramsdal's long kickoff return came off a fake reverse, something Crater had worked on in practice, Beck said.

"That's what made it so frustrating," Beck added. "It wasn't like they tricked us."

The Comets grabbed the lead for good with 5:58 left in the first half when Brothers hit junior wide receiver Josh Lokeno on a slant route up the middle. The play covered 35 yards and it came on a fourth-and-10 situation.

"The safety was cheating up and I ran past him," said Lokeno, who just missed making a spectacular diving catch near the goal line on the final play of the first quarter. "Nick (Brothers) laid it out there perfectly."

Lokeno's touchdown gave Crater a 17-13 halftime lead and the Comets made it 24-13 early in the third period when they drove 79 yards in 12 plays, capped by Pree's 6-yard touchdown run.

Crater's final touchdown came on a 27-yard hookup from Brothers to Peila with 55 seconds left in the third period.

Springfield head coach Dave Heuberger was pleased with his team's efforts after the Millers put in a new spread offense this week. The change came after former head coach Joe Kanach resigned for undisclosed reasons three weeks ago.

"We had been running the wing-T, but we've got some quick kids and decided to open things up," Heuberger said. "It's still a work in progress, but for the limited amount of time we've practiced it, I thought we did a good job.

"But in the end, Crater was just too physical for us, and their coaches made some great calls at key times."

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