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Watch: Anderson shuts down Woodhaven and stays undefeated (VIDEO)
Jacob Brandes (80), David Bellon (27) and the rest of the Anderson defense kept the Woodhaven Warriors off the scoreboard Friday night and the Titans improved to 2-0 this young season. Photo by Larry Caruso
Last season, the Titans struggled to a 2-7 finish, but this year the squad has rolled to a 2-0 start, as they crushed Lincoln Park in last week’s opener.
“The guys have worked hard,” said Anderson Coach Derek McLaughlin. “The attitude is different.”
This week’s victory came much tougher, however, as the teams played to a scoreless tie for nearly three quarters.
“Things didn’t always go well for us,” McLaughlin said. “Those guys stuck together, they stayed as a team, and it was a great thing to see tonight, they kept pushing.”
For the Warriors, the team now falls to 0-2 on the season, which matches their loss total from last year’s 8-2 tri Downriver League championship run.
Both squads struggled to move the ball in the first half, and each quarterback tossed a pair interceptions during the stalemate. Anderson’s picks of Woodhaven quarterback Niko France were made by Brandon Ostrowski and Terry Harris, while Woodhaven’s Dominic Moore and Terrance Woolfork each picked off Anderson’s Tyler Hall.
France was just 1-for10 passing on the night, while Hall was 4-for-11 with 55 yards and a touchdown. France also ran 20 times for 57 yards.
To finally break the tie, Ostrowski scored the first six points of the night at the 4:27 mark of the third quarter with a one-yard rushing touchdown, which was his first of two touchdowns for the game.
To set up the first touchdown, he had ripped off a 46-yard run from midfield a few plays earlier. The extra-point try failed, after his score, and the Titans went up 6-0.
About two and a half minutes into the fourth quarter, Hall hit Ostrowski with a screen pass and he took it 42 yards to pay dirt.
“It was well executed by the line,” Ostrowski said of the score from the screen pass. “I had one man to beat, and (I) beat him and scored. We work on that every day (in practice).”
Ostrowski rushed 16 times for 85 yards on the night, in addition to the one 42-yard touchdown catch.
After his second score, an attempt a two-point conversion fell short, and the
Titans had to settle for a 12-0 early fourth-quarter lead.
With Woodhaven still unable to generate much offense, the Titans had another shot deep in Warriors’ territory late in the game and took advantage.
From the Warriors’ 15-yard line, Hall took the snap and broke off to his left with on a quarterback keeper and crossed the goal line at the 3:17 mark of the final quarter.
Anderson converted a two-point try after the score, as Hunter Majeske carried the ball in and gave his squad the commanding 20-0 advantage.
Despite the loss, Woodhaven Coach Keith Christnagel said he was happy with the improvement his young Warriors showed over the Week 1 52-14 blowout loss suffered against Truman, and with the team’s play in the first half Friday.
“We got better from last week,” he said. “The game last weekend we didn’t tackle. We didn’t execute.”
“I thought we played well (tonight), we just didn’t execute in the third and fourth quarters when we needed to. We got a lot better today; our kids grew up a little.”
Next week Anderson will host Truman and Woodhaven will travel to Allen Park.
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Last Updated: 9/9/2013 1:36:07 PM EST