CENTRAL POINT — Cade Weaver intercepted two passes to set up his own touchdown runs in the first quarter and kick-started Crater on its way to a 45-14 Midwestern League football victory over Ashland Friday at Dutch Meyer Field.
Weaver, a senior running back, added two touchdowns in the third quarter to punctuate an outstanding performance.
Weaver carried 18 times for 201 yards and added a 5-yard reception as the Comets improved to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the MWL.
Ashland dropped to 3-4 and 2-3.
The Grizzlies fell behind 21-0 and battled to within 28-14 in the second period before Crater pulled away.
“It’s hard to come back from 21 down like really quick,” said Ashland coach Beau Lehnerz. “We were put behind the 8-ball, but we didn’t quit.
“One thing we stress is we can live with results, whatever they are, as long as we’re giving our best effort. And to a man, our kids gave their best effort, so we’re proud of that.”
Ashland’s touchdowns came on two passes from sophomore quarterback Rieger Sayre to Anthony Swanson.
The first covered 20 yards two minutes into the second quarter, and the second was 10 yards with 1:22 left before halftime.
“We rallied,” said Swanson, a senior. “We have a lot of young guys, and I believe in them. We made the most of it. We all gave 100-percent effort.”
Sayre was 17 of 38 for 179 yards and three interceptions. Swanson had six catches for 90 yards.
The two scores, said Swanson, “were designed plays for this week, and they worked.”
DaMario Watson led the Grizzlies’ ground game with 92 yards on 20 carries.
Weaver’s scores came on runs of 24 and 8 yards in the first 4 ½ minutes of the game.
His final tallies went for 51 and 4 yards.
Crater quarterback Trever Davis hooked up with Bailee Robles for the game’s biggest play, a 91-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter.
Tony Flores added a 12-yard touchdown run for the Comets, and Davis booted a 35-yard field goal.
Ashland visits Thurston next Friday at 7 p.m.