EATON TWP. — A new era of Midview football kicked off Friday night at Adelsberg Stadium.
And, in dramatic fashion, it started on the right foot.
Sophomore quarterback Dustin Crum — making his first varsity start after the graduation of four-year starter Cody Callaway — calmly drove his Middies 89 yards in nine plays, capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass to junior Logan Bolin with 1:03 remaining.
A final, hurried drive by Lorain ended on the Midview 26 when senior quarterback Eddie Williamson slipped while trying to elude pressure for a game-ending sack, and the Middies gave first-year coach D.J. Shaw a memorable 30-26 come-from-behind non-conference win.
“I’m just really, really proud of our team,” said Shaw, who took over for Bill Albright after six years as a Middies assistant. “I thought we should have done some things better to get a little bit more of a lead. Give Lorain all the credit in the world. They kept fighting and fighting and they took advantage of our guys’ mistakes.
“At the end of the game, our guys could have just folded up the tent and went home. But they kept fighting and I think they knew, deep down inside, that we were good enough to come back and pull off an 80-yard drive to win it.”
The Titans rallied from a 24-8 third-quarter deficit with three unanswered touchdowns and had a first down at the Midview 17 and a 26-24 lead with about four minutes left. But Williamson’s fourth-down pass just eluded Rashod Berry in the end zone, giving the Middies new life at their 11 with 2:40 on the clock.
“Dustin’s a fighter,” Shaw said. “He’s unbelievable. He’s a great player. It’s his first varsity game ever, and to have a game like this was fantastic. He stuck in there despite taking some shots. He got right back up and kept fighting. I think even his face mask is a bit crooked after that.”
Crum started the drive with a 15-yard scramble, followed by a 10-yard pass to Dante Redwood. A deep ball to Bolin drew a pass interference penalty for 15 more yards.
Crum went Bolin’s way on the next play, finding him for a 12-yard completion and their fourth first down in as many plays. A defensive holding call made it five and put the ball on the Lorain 26.
Crum, being blitzed on almost every play, misfired on back-to-back plays, making it third-and-10. But using play-action, Crum bought time and found Bolin along the sideline for a 16-yard gain to set up first-and-goal from the 10.
One play later, Bolin got open on a quick slant, and Crum found him on the goal line for the winner.
“It was what I’ve been dreaming about since I was 4 years old,” said Crum, who finished 18-for-28 for 225 yards and three touchdowns. “Being out here, being a ball boy, watching all these guys coming through, it’s just a dream come true for me. My receivers, my line, everyone came through for me. It was perfect, that’s the only way to describe it.”
Crum beat out Bolin during two-a-days for the starting quarterback spot. Bolin, who did play one series under center, wasn’t disappointed with his role.
“We lost momentum in the second half,” he said. “We had it going and they took it from us. We had a tough time getting it back. But once our defense got that stop, there wasn’t one person on our offense who didn’t think we were going to score. We marched it right down with confidence.
“I was calling for it, but I feel like every one of our receivers is completely capable of doing it. I was able to get open, and credit Dustin for making the throws and making the right reads.”
When senior tailback Brett Zupancic, who gained 139 yards on 17 carries, capped the opening second-half drive with a punishing 24-yard touchdown run, it seemed like Midview had it wrapped up.
But a 37-yard kickoff return by Perry Mincy, followed by a 15-yard face mask penalty, seemed to give the Titans the jolt they needed. Lorain put together three consecutive scoring drives, capped by sophomore fullback Carlos Chavis’ 11-yard touchdown run with 9:49 remaining, to stun the home crowd and take a 26-24 lead.
“I’m proud of the kids,” first-year Lorain coach Dave McFarland said. “We just didn’t seem ready to play at the beginning, and that’s on me. I didn’t have them ready. We turned the ball over and we didn’t play well. I think we have great kids and a great community, and I’m very proud of our football team. We just came up on the short end there. Next week, we’ll be better prepared for Elyria.”
Williamson gained 88 yards on 14 carries to lead the Titans. He threw for 115 more on nine completions.
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