Bucyrus built a big league and then held on for a 25-17 victory over Crestline on Friday at Hutson Stadium.
The Redmen (1-1) led 19-9 at halftime and extended their advantage to 25-9 in the third quarter thanks to a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Gavin Lewis. The Bulldogs rallied in the fourth quarter, marching the length of the field to score a touchdown and 2-point conversion that trimmed the deficit to eight points with a little over three minutes to play.
Lewis completed 9-of-21 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries.
Lewis threw an 81-yard scoring pass to Harley Robinson and hit Gram Dick for a 1-yard touchdown. He also connected with Kade Slagle on a screen pass that covered 83 yards and set up the short scoring toss to Dick. Dick also scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter that gave the Redmen the lead for good.
All told, Bucyrus amassed 585 yards of offense.
Crestline (0-2) countered with a solid game by quarterback J.R. Wolfe. He finished 12-of-33 for 179 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception. He carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards rushing. Wolfe also kicked a 37-yard field goal to open the scoring in the first period.
Chandler Gaskill caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Wolfe late in the second quarter to keep the Bulldogs close. Gaskill caught eight passes for 79 yards. Caleb Moore was the recipient of Wolfe’s 12-yard scoring strike on Crestline’s final drive with 3:09 left in the game.
The Bulldogs piled up 364 yards of offense.
The Redmen open Northern 10 Athletic Conference play next Friday against Seneca East. That game will be played at the BHS Athletic Complex.
Crestline plays host to Lancaster Fisher Catholic next Friday at Hutson Stadium.
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