BELOIT-For the second straight season-opener, the West Branch football team was handed a sizable defeat by Crestwood, as the Red Devils beat the Warriors 49-26 Friday at West Branch High School.
The Warriors grabbed an early lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Justin Stowe late in the first quarter to make the score 7-6.
Crestwood responded with three unanswered touchdowns to make it 28-7 in the third quarter, but running back Rob Lozier gave the Warriors a spark with a 55 yard touchdown run to make it 28-14.
West Branch quarterback Corey Snyder kept the Warriors within shouting distance with with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kip DeShields and a 4-yard strike to Logan Nagy. DeShields finished with seven receptions for 114 yards.
However, the Red Devils iced the game with two touchdowns in the final five minutes.
The Warriors (0-1) travel to Crestview (1-0) next week.
CW -Jared Bailey 2 run (Kick failed)
WB-Justin Stowe 1 run (Matt Manley kick)
CW-Logan Thut 22 pass from Gabe Sturgeon (Sturgeon run)
CW-Jordan Fabry 9 pass from Gabe Sturgeon (Rick Kollman kick)
CW-Fabry 36 pass from Sturgeon (Kollman kick)
WB-Rob Lozier 55 run (Manley kick)
CW-Thut 50 pass from Sturgeon (Kollman kick)
WB-Kip DeShields 12 pass from Corey Snyder (kick failed)
CW-A.J. Foulkes 37 run (Tyler Reese kick)
WB-Logan Nagy 4 pass from Snyder (pass failed)
CW-Sturgeon 30 run (Reese Kick)
First downs 2018
Total Yards 530306
RUSHING-Crestwood, Gabe Sturgeon 18-125, A.J. Foulkes 11-66, Jared Bailey 11-59; West Branch, Rob Lozier 3-56, Corey Snyder 13-38, Justin Stowe 12-23.
PASSING-Crestwood, Gabe Sturgeon 13-16-270-0; West Branch, Corey Snyder 13-28-179-2.
RECEIVING-Crestwood, Logan Thut 4-117, Jordan Fabry 5-105; West Branch, Kip Deshields 7-114.
INTERCEPTIONS- Crestwood, Logan Thut.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES-Crestwood, Alex Strahler.