C.E. King’s rushing tandem too much for Clear Brook in loss
WEBSTER - It didn’t matter that Clear Brook put eight men in the box most of Friday night, the Wolverines were no match for the C.E. King tandem of Ulysses Bentley and Roderick Crumedy.
Quarterback Bentley rushed for 292 yards and five touchdowns while fullback Crumedy barreled ahead for 271 yards and three more scores as the Panthers cruised to a 56-35 win at Challenger Columbia Stadium.
The Panthers’ amassed 604 yards rushing as Bentley was unstoppable darting to the outside. In addition to his touchdown runs, Bentley also had two other rushing scores nullified which covered a combined 93 yards.
“It’s just practice - coach makes us work over and over again,” said Bentley, an SMU commit. “They were all playing inside so once I faked the ball to the fullback, I could easily pull it and take it outside.
“Roderick makes my job a lot easier. When I don’t give it to him, he blocks for me, and when I do give it to him he runs over people. I trust him because I know he’s going to score.”
Leading just 35-28 at halftime, the Panthers (3-0) began taking control of the game when Crumedy bolted 75 yards up the middle on the first play of the third quarter for a 42-28 cushion.
After Brook (1-3) closed to 42-35, the Panthers responded with a 20-yard touchdown run from the elusive Bentley and later stretched the advantage to 56-35 at 10:18 of the final period.
Bentley was a one-man wrecking crew in the first half, rushing 15 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns in carving up the Clear Brook defense as the Panthers held a slim 7-point lead.
Bentley scored on runs of 49, 2, 53 and 14 yards while King fullback Crumedy carried 12 times for 125 yards and one touchdown.
Clear Brook countered with touchdown runs of four and one yards by Michael Norris while Tyler Swanagan caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from quarterback La’Darrion Florez that tied the game at 21.
Brook tied the game again at 28 on a 2-yard run by Florez with 2:31 left in the first half, but Bentley’s fourth scoring run gave the Panthers a seven-point halftime lead.
King rolled up 357 yards in the first half when Bentley also had a 78-yard touchdown run and a 50-yard scoring pass to Katrevion Smith negated by penalties.
“They’re an extremely athletic group of guys,” Clear Brook head coach Lupe Florez said of the Panthers. “We worked on the veer all week and they came out and ran something different on us.
“It’s one of those things where we go back to work and figure out what we need to do for next week. The good thing is that this is a non-district ballgame and it doesn’t count (in the district standings). Our kids fought and the coaches coached their tails off.
“C.E. King just came out the better ballclub tonight.”
Bentley hopes his team can continue its impressive play into district.
“I feel like we’re playing pretty good but we can play better,” Bentley said. “Our confidence is very high. This is our first time going 3-0 so we’re doing pretty good.”