Apparently Walnut Hills (2-2) has become accustomed to second half to comebacks, and last night it caught up to them. Friday evening Anderson (1-3) was able to take a big lead in the first half, and ultimately hold on to it for a 40-35 victory, their first of the season.
The difference maker was who showed up to play from the opening kickoff. The Redskins were able to put up points on the scoreboard first, and by halftime they were out in front 40-14.
Anderson’s junior quarterback Kevin Rodgers was able to pick up 184 yards in the air just on four touchdown passes. Rodgers connected with senior wideout Jared Cook on three of those touchdowns, who was able to pick up big receptions all night over Walnut’s struggling secondary.
What ultimately wiped out Walnut’s chance to win were the number mistakes they made, many of which could have easily been avoided.
On a fourth-and-five for the Redskins from their own 5-yard line, Walnut jumped offside. Anderson snapped the ball over the punter’s head, which would have given the Eagles two points for a safety and the ball back. Instead, they gave up a first down, and on the next play, Rodger’s pass to Cook went for 91 yards and a touchdown.
On a crucial fourth and inches, Walnut decided to come out in shotgun and pitch the ball wide to the left. The result was a fumble and a turnover on downs. With only four defensive linemen on the line of scrimmage, Walnut could have gone under center and picked up the first on a sneak from sophomore quarterback Kevin Blount.
For the Eagles it was the last way they wanted to finish their home opener, and kick off Homecoming weekend. As for the Redskins, this game might have lit a spark in this team, who needs to finish out the season strong if they want any shot at post-season play.
Anderson’s next game is Friday, September 21 at home vs. Milford. The next game for Walnut Hills is also that night, against Shroder at home.
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