ASHLAND — Crater came down to Ashland and crashed the Grizzlies’ homecoming party Friday night.
The visiting Comets controlled things from start to finish in a 41-13 win over Ashland at a rain-soaked Walter A. Phillips Field to remain tied atop the Midwestern League South Division standings and send the Grizzlies to their third straight loss.
Crater (4-2, 3-0 MWL) outgained Ashland 473-182 in total yards and never trailed after Gavin Acrey and Tony Flores scored on touchdown runs of 8 and 20 yards, respectively, within a six-minute span midway through the first half.
Ashland (2-4, 0-3) cut Crater’s lead to 13-6 with 6:20 to go in the second quarter on Rieger Sayre’s 6-yard TD pass to wideout Gabe Ekwall, but that was as close as the Grizzlies got in the game.
Crater scored 28 unanswered points to take command and pull away for good. That included three touchdowns in less than three minutes to close the first half to take a 27-6 lead into halftime — a stretch that got started when Sayre was picked off as he tried to make something out of nothing right in front of the goal line and instead got intercepted by defensive lineman William Woitte for an easy pick-6.
The Comets limited Grizzlies running back DaMario Watson to just 31 yards on 20 carries.
Sayre — who threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Nolan Rinefort in the third quarter for Ashland’s other touchdown — finished 9-of-24 passing for 151 yards with two TDs and a pair of interceptions.
Crater quarterback Trever Davis proved to be a threat both through the air and on the ground all night, completing 17 of 32 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns while also leading the Comets with 91 yards rushing on just 14 carries. Davis connected with nine different receivers in the win.
Flores carried the ball 12 times for 80 yards and a TD.
Defensively for Ashland, senior linebacker Myles Montgomery finished with a game-high 13 tackles, 11 of which were unassisted.
Ashland next hosts North Eugene — which has also lost its first three league games — in its regular-season home finale next Friday night, while Crater hosts Eagle Point in a rivalry game.