The Centerville Elks advanced to the Region 4 semi-finals with a convincing 27-17 victory over the Moeller Crusaders in Saturday's playoff opening-round matchup.
Centerville (8-3) made no bones about it they were going to stay with their running game. It is what got them this far so why abandon it now. The Elks ran the 61 times for 341 yards and three touchdowns in their win over Moeller (7-4) on Saturday. It was sheer domination on the line of scrimmage as they also won the time of possession battle by over 10 minutes.
Tristin Boykin scored on a 12-yard run to get the scoring started less than four minutes into the contest. Chris Barr added two short touchdown jaunts before the first quarter had ended to take a 21-7 advantage. Boykin would end the night with 149 all-purpose yards, Barr contributed 144 on the ground and Jon Overstreet led all rushers with 166 yards.
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The second saw Centerville grind it out and play keep away from Moeller. Kicker Chris Kuzma scored the only points of the half on a pair of 25-yard, fourth-quarter field goals.
The Crusaders got a two-touchdown passing performance in the first half from Taylor Bockrath. His strikes went to max Richey and Monty Madaris. They wouldn't be enough as the aerial attack was non-existent in the second stanza.
Centerville will look to avenge a Week 8 loss to Wayne next Saturday. The Elks were embarrassed in front of their home fans on national TV 34-10 by the Warriors. There is plenty of motivation in this affair.