Crespi quarterback Randy Redell ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as Crespi High beat Burroughs, 28-8, Friday night at Crespi to give the Celts their first victory in the last 16 games.
The win marked the triumphant return of Coach Bill Redell, who had returned to Crespi after two years coaching in the United States Football League.
“We played well for the first game of the season,” Coach Redell said. “The fact that Crespi hasn’t won in so long made it nice to start out with a win.”
Crespi dominated the game from the outset. The Celts took possession of the opening kickoff at their 22-yard line and proceeded to march 78 yards in 14 plays. Redell scored the touchdown on a nine-yard bootleg play.
Burroughs could do nothing with the ensuing possession and was forced to punt.
Crespi got the ball at its 49, and it took Redell just one play to engineer another touchdown when he hit Tom Conway with a 51-yard bomb that gave Crespi two touchdowns within 1 1/2 minutes and gave the Celts a 13-0 lead.
“In the first half, they beat us up physically and intimidated us,” Burroughs Coach George Rosales said. “We need a lot of work on our line play.”
Crespi continued to score in the third quarter when Jeff Kellogg capped a 62-yard, 10-play drive with a two-yard plunge into the end zone.
Burroughs scored its only touchdown with 5:22 left in the game. The Indians put together a 74-yard, nine-play drive climaxed by Dan Cusumano’s one-yard run.
Crespi answered with a touchdown with 2:37 left in the game. Redell drove the Celts 44 yards in seven plays and capped the drive himself with a quarterback sneak from the one-yard line.
Redell completed 9 of 13 passes for 127 yards. He also rushed seven times for 37 yards.
“The losing streak is past, it’s gone,” Randy Redell said. “Crespi is back.”
Redell had good protection from the Crespi offensive line. The line also did its job for fullback Jeff Marconet, who carried the ball eight times for 44 yards. Kellogg also benefited from the big holes opened up by the offensive front, rushing for 42 yards on nine carries.
Burroughs had come into the game with a planned attack that featured two quarterbacks--Finnbarr Geary and Jeff Barrett. Geary started the game but only played two series. Barrett took advantage of the opportunity to com-plete 13 of 17 passes for 177 yards.
Andy Iacenda was the leading rusher for the Indians carrying the ball eight times for 30 yards.
BB Burroughs 0 0 0 8 -- 8 Crespi 13 0 8 7 -- 28 C--Redell 9 run (kick failed). C--Conway 51 pass from Redell (Zenobi kick). C--Kellogg 2 run (Howard pass from Redell). B--Cusumano 1 run (Herron pass from Barrett). C--Redell 1 run (Zenobi kick). EB