Friday, May 24, 2024

Daniels, Blasiole lead Red Devils to big win over Berkshire

MANTUA—Crestwood’s offense nearly scored at will in a 50-7 win over visiting Berkshire on Friday.

Using a balanced rushing and passing attack, the Red Devils traded early scores with the Badgers and then reeled off 43 unanswered points to snap a three-game skid and improve to 2-3 on the year.

“This team played tough football, we talked about it all week, overcoming adversity, and being able to finish games,” said Crestwood head coach Jack D’Amato. “Tonight, they kept their foot on the pedal all night long. I am super proud of these guys.”

Crestwood jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Evan Daniels threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Mason Daniels, who reached over a Berkshire defender to secure the catch.

The Badgers responded with a Jack Kuehn touchdown run but the 7-7 tie didn’t last long.

Daniels threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jonas Honeycutt and Louie Blasiole broke several tackles and finished off his touchdown run with a dive over the pylon for a 21-7 lead with 5:26 left in the first half.

“The first half, I felt like I was trying to cut too much, which made me slip all over the place,” Blasiole said. “At the end, I just lowered my head and the line did a great job getting me in the end zone.”

Daniels tacked on another touchdown pass before the half. Ethan Strahan pulled in the over-the-shoulder catch to complete the 50-yard scoring play that gave the Red Devils a three-score lead at the break.

Midway through the third quarter, Daniels picked off his Berkshire counterpart and returned the interception for a touchdown.

After a Berkshire drive stalled, Daniels found threw a slant to Honeycutt, who took it to the house for a 41-7 lead. A bad snap on the extra point attempt turned into a bonus for the Red Devils as they converted a two-point try.

Blasiole closed out the scoring with a 10-yard run.

“This win shows a lot about our brotherhood, as well as our friendships and how we all just come together as a unit and never let our foot off the gas,” Blasiole said.

Crestwood travels to Wickliffe on Friday while Berkshire, who fell to 3-3, hosts Hawken.

Brian Papesch
Brian Papesch
Papesch, an Orange High School and Notre Dame College graduate and life-long Cleveland fan, has a passion for all sports. He is focused on delivering accurate, informative, and amazing information on Northeast Ohio's finest teams and athletes.

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