CENTRAL POINT — Crater Comets quarterback Trever Davis figured his receiving corps would probably get some separation against the Ridgeview secondary, which meant Crater’s prospects, at least offensively, likely rested heavily on the accuracy of its junior quarterback.
Davis started on fire and never really cooled off and Crater jumped out to a 33-6 halftime lead on its way to a 53-33 win in the Midwestern League’s second-place crossover game Friday at Dutch Meyer Field.
Davis passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, completing five passes of 30 yards or more, Trevor Jaasko had five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown and Logan Lowder forced two fumbles, including one that he returned 7 yards for a touchdown, as the Comets won for the fifth time in their last six games and rebounded nicely from last week’s 58-20 loss at MWL champion Churchill.
“We had a good first half and it was obviously key to get out fast,” Crater coach Randy Waite said. “But they posed some problems because they do stuff that we don’t see all the time — power right at us, and if we’re not ready then they can cause some problems and you saw them do that. They can definitely score some points but I think we just kept playing. We were pretty sharp on offense.”
The win moved the Comets closer to a home game next week in the first round of the OSAA’s 16-team Class 5A state playoffs, but the OSAA had yet to determine next week’s schedule late Friday night. Crater entered the game with a No. 9 state power ranking.
Crater got the start it wanted, jumping out to a 14-0 lead barely four minutes into the game thanks in part to the Ravens’ inability to hold onto the ball. Ridgeview fumbled away its first possession after a long run by Kadden Brown gave it a first down at the Crater 25, then fumbled it away again at its own 32 on its next possession. Brown rushed for 164 yards, with 81 coming on one long fourth-quarter touchdown run.
The Comets capitalized on both turnovers. Davis’ 10-yard touchdown pass to Jaasko capped a six-play, 79-yard drive to make it 6-0, and Gavin Acrey’s 32-yard touchdown run up the middle made it 13-0 with 7:57 to go in the first quarter.
“We saw they ran man coverage on film and we knew all week that that’s what we wanted, and that’s what we’ve been planning to do — just throw it over the top,” said the 6-foot-1 Jaasko.
“We think we can beat them over the top with our receivers, I think we can, too,” Davis said. “Flat out, we beat ’em.”
Ridgeview, which had won four of its previous five games to finish second in the MWL North, looked like it had righted its ship while methodically marching down the field on its next possession, converting two third downs on its way to a first-and-goal opportunity at the Crater 3. But on perhaps its most important defensive sequence of the night, the Comets denied the Ravens on two runs and a pass before Bryce Demars’ fourth-down lob to Kevin Edmondson sailed over his head. Crater linebacker Gavin Acrey’s tight coverage narrowed Demars’ window of opportunity to barely a sliver, and the Comets took over on downs with 2:19 to go in the first quarter.
Demars completed 20 of 32 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns.
Ridgeview jump-started Crater’s next possession when it gambled and lost big, losing yards on a fake punt run inside its own 35-yard line early in the second quarter. On the very next play, Davis found Ethan Scott over the middle for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
A nine-play touchdown drive by Ridgeview cut the lead to 21-6, but the Comets went right down the field on their next possession to make it 27-6 on Brady Brock’s 1-yard dive, and added to the rout with the most spectacular play of the day.
Eyeing a first-and-10 from the Ridgeview 45, Davis scrambled up the middle then shook off two would-be tacklers at the 20 before sprinting the rest of the way untouched to give the Comets a 33-6 lead.
“We wanted to establish running outside a little bit and we did in the beginning and that helped, and then it opened up the inside,” Waite said. “I thought we were sharp in all aspects there. And I thought (Davis) played well at quarterback.”
The Comets scored the first touchdown of the second half — a 20-yard run by Dylan Kinney, who had 56 yards rushing — to go up 40-6, then cruised the rest of the way. Lowder’s fumble return early in the fourth quarter was the highlight of the second half and gave the Comets a 53-20 lead.
Crater had yet to find out its first-round opponent and site as of midnight, but Jaasko knows where he wants the game to be played.
“It’s definitely an advantage to have the student section behind us,” he said. “It gives us a lot of momentum.”
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