BOILING SPRINGS — Jim Sosebee never expected anything to be given to his Crest football team, particularly in regard to its primary goal of winning a state football championship.
His words rang true Friday night, Statesville putting the Chargers’ feet to the fire in a NCHSAA 3A West second round playoff game. Just as it seemed their undefeated season, which earned them the region’s top seed, was for naught, Crest awakened to keep its dream season alive.
Ny’Tavious Huskey threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another, helping Crest take down Statesville 28-16 at Sid Bryson Stadium in Boiling Springs.
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“I told my guys, ‘To go on a playoff run, sometimes you have to win a game where you don’t play your best or have your A-game,’” he said. “Tonight certainly wasn’t our best, but we found a way. Hopefully that was our one off night.”
After Crest moved down the field with ease for its first score — an Aiden Carson touchdown run in the first — one wouldn’t have expected Statesville to limit the Chargers to their lowest point total of the 2023 season.
The Greyhounds did, however, a safety and a Tyreek Carter 6-yard touchdown scamper giving them a 10-7 lead.
A Huskey 5-yard TD run allowed Crest to take a 14-10 lead into halftime. Three plays into the second half, Statesville moved back in front courtesy of a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tre’ Turner to Ameiyon Jehahj Sherrill.
Crest had ample opportunity to retake the lead, but had a touchdown pass from Huskey to wideout Malachi Addison wiped out by penalty, in addition to a fumble inside the Greyhound 10-yard line.
Statesville couldn’t capitalize,…