Crenshaw, Yellow Jackets pound past Clarksville
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Crenshaw, Yellow Jackets pound past Clarksville

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Springfield quarterback runs for three scores, passes for another in rivalry victory

CLARKSVILLE – One of the state’s oldest rivalries added a new chapter on Friday, and Devon Crenshaw helped Springfield have the last word.

The Springfield quarterback rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another as the Yellow Jackets pulled away for a 27-10 victory at Clarksville.

Crenshaw started the scoring with a 1-yard run in the first quarter and finished it with a 22-yarder in the fourth, adding a 45-yard jaunt in the third quarter where he broke several tackles before finding the end zone. He finished with 117 yards on 12 carries and completed 7-of-9 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown.

“We came out here with a fire and we had some good coaching during the week,” Crenshaw said. “We had some good practices and we were ready for this game.”

Clarksville clawed to within 10, thanks to a Rayshawn Bowling 65-yard touchdown run following Crenshaw’s third-quarter score. The Wildcats had an opportunity to get even closer early in the fourth, driving deep into Springfield territory. But penalties short-circuited their chance at a touchdown and the Wildcats settled for an Andrew Irvin field goal to cut the Yellow Jacket advantage to 20-10.

Springfield quarterback Devon Crenshaw (14) looks for running room during a first-quarter run. Crenshaw rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another as the Yellow Jackets defeated Clarksville 27-10. (Drake Williams/615 Preps)

“We just got stuck down there and didn’t do well in the red zone,” Clarksville head coach Isaac Shelby said. “You punch it in there, different deal.”

Both sides kept to the ground for the majority of the evening, but the Wildcats did take to the air for a couple of large gains. Bowling hit Robert Riley for 30 yards in the second quarter, and Riley tossed a halfback pass to Ben Moore for a 43-yard gain in the third that set up Irvin’s fourth-quarter field goal.

Crenshaw’s touchdown pass came on a short toss to Zerel Boyd, who weaved through the Wildcat defense for a 41-yard score in the second quarter.

Until Bowling’s touchdown, the Springfield defense hadn’t let Clarksville inside the Yellow Jackets’ 40-yard line to that point.

“Defensively, I think we’re tough, but we’ve played two running teams,” Springfield head coach Dustin Wilson said. “I don’t know anything about Northeast until we see the film, so kind of saying that we’re decent against the run is an alright statement.”

The Wildcats forced the game’s only turnover near the end of the first half when Bowling intercepted a pass he tipped to himself.

Clarksville quarterback Rayshawn Bowling tries to elude a Springfield defender. Bowling rushed for a touchdown and grabbed an interception on defense. (Drake Williams/615 Preps)

Friday’s game was the 97th game between the two teams in a series dating back to 1919. They were scheduled to play in 2020, but Montgomery County teams missed the first two weeks of the season due to COVID-19.

“It’s the most important rivalry there is for guys who graduated in the 60s, 70s, guys like my dad,” Shelby said. “I feel bad we didn’t come out on top tonight.”

Springfield won for the 56th time in the series, with Clarksville holding at 37 wins, and four games have resulted in ties.

“It means everything to the community,” Wilson said. “You talk about (Shelby), his dad played for Clarksville and my dad played for Springfield. My dad’s got old game films on reel of Springfield against Clarksville, and people of his age and after, Clarksville’s a big deal.”


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1st Quarter

S – Devon Crenshaw 1 run, 7:26. Kick failed.

2nd Quarter

S – Zerel Boyd 41 pass from Crenshaw, 5:55. Logan Leftrick kick.

3rd Quarter

S – Crenshaw 45 run, 6:24. Leftrick kick.

C – Rayshawn Bowling 65 run, 6:02. Andrew Irvin kick.

4th Quarter

C – Irvin 29 field goal, 10:30.

S – Crenshaw 23 run, 4:40. Leftrick kick.

First downs119
Pass attempts-completions-interceptions7-9-13-7-0
Passing yards13280



Springfield: Devon Crenshaw 12-117, Lamarious Daniels 10-26, Keontez Woodard 6-14, Zerel Boyd 2-7, Martavious Johnson 1-7.

Clarksville: Rayshawn Bowling 8-107, Jamar Carnell 10-44, Chris Bagatini 3-11, Robert Riley 4-11.


Springfield: Crenshaw 7-9-1 132.

Clarksville: Riley 1-1-0 43, Bowling 2-6-0 37.


Springfield: Clarence Cobbins 4-76, Boyd 2-55, Daniels 1-8.

Clarksville: Ben Moore 1-43, Riley 1-30, Bagatini 1-7.

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