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FOOTBALL: Biggest challenge to date is met; Cards improve to 4-0 (PHOTO)
No, he didn't. Yes, he did. Melvindale's Malik Boynton made this catch over Anderson's Trey Harris at the end of the first quarter Friday night. The catch set up a touchdown and the Cards improved to 4-0 this season with a 48-14 win over the visiting Titans. Photo by Dave Chapman
For Melvindale, that challenge came Friday night when it hosted Anderson and defeated the Titans 48-14.
The score never really got too close, but Titans had turned things around from a tough loss against Truman the previous week and came to play at Cardinal Stadium.
Anderson piled up 243 yard of total offense to the Cardinals’ 328 during the drizzly Friday night contest.
“We faced the most adversity we’ve faced during the season so far,” Melvindale Coach Jason Carriveau said. “I knew that they (Anderson) were going to be coached up and I knew they were going to bounce back and they were and they did.”
Both teams were forced to punt to start the game before Melvindale scored its first touchdown on its second drive of the game.
The Cardinals took the lead on a 3-yard push through the middle by Quincy Gibbs and never looked back.
They added two more scores in the next 12 minutes, but the Titans made it an 11-point game with a touchdown of their own.
With 3:04 to go in the first quarter, Melvindale started one of its longer drives of the game that lasted into the second quarter and resulted in a touchdown.
After gaining 18 yards on the ground in two plays, quarterback Jason Doyle teamed up with Malik Boynton for a 17-yard catch that stunned the audience and left everyone wondering how he caught it.
The catch set up the next four plays an another crazy catch from Doyle to Kle’sean Clark in the end zone 12 yards away, gave the Cardinals a 12-0 advantage after a successful two-point conversion.
Anderson got the ball back and spent over three minutes making its way down the field, but was forced to punt with 8:47 to go in the half.
The punt was turned into a touchdown when Boynton ran the ball back 77 yards, easily dodging his way around the Titan defense.
Rightfully frustrated, the Titans got their scoring started on the next drive when quarterback Tyler Hall easily found Dillian Steele by himself in the end zone for an 18-7 game.
On their next possession, the Titans fumbled the ball and Boynton recovered, but the Cards were forced to punt.
With time running out in the first half, Melvindale finally punched another in with 38.7 seconds on the clock when Doyle tossed a 29-yarder to Clark and the two point conversion made it 26-7 at the half.
“We were gassing right before the half,” Carriveau said. “We were really more fatigued than I’ve ever seen.
“I was a little bit worried that they (Anderson) were moving the ball on the ground and they were learning on us and getting chunks of yardage and I was hoping the kids were gonna respond.
“That one we put in right before the half was very big (and) I think it was a little bit deflating for them (Anderson).”
After a failed onside kick attempt on the Cardinals, Anderson fumbled the ball on its first drive and Darian Hall recovered to set up another Cardinal touchdown.
With 6:07 to go in the quarter, Gibbs ran 6 yards up the middle easily for a 33-7 advantage.
The Titans got the ball back and started to make their way down the field, but Devin Wise put a stop to that when he picked off Hall’s pass to set up a first-and-ten on the Titan 29. All it took was one play when Clark took the handoff and ran it in 26-yards which brought a running clock.
Anderson put a stop to the running clock with 9:13 to go in the game when Dejon Matthews ran 17-yards up the right and a good extra point gave it the 48-14 final.
The Cardinals had added another one with 1:37 to go in the third when Doyle connected with Albert Webster from 40-yards out and a fake kick turned two-point conversion put the hosts up by 41.
Carriveau was pleased with the work of his team as they pushed their undefeated record to 4-0, and said they adjusted well to the rain.
“We were well aware of the rain and we were a little nervous about being able to run the ball,” he said. “We made sure that our game plan was according to the rain.
“I thought our offensive line did a good job. Those guys have been doing a good job all year and they’re the ones that get us the opportunities to throw the ball around.”
Carriveau said it’s fortunate that his quarterback is able to throw to a number of weapons on the field who are hard to defend.
“That’s a credit to our wide receiver Coach Derek Brighton and our offensive coordinator Bobby Marin,” he said. “They’re doing a really nice job with the schemes and JJ’s (Doyle) doing a nice job of finding open people.”
Doyle finished with his fourth straight game of over 100 yards in the air and was 9-for-13 for 154 yards with three touchdowns.
On the ground he was 1-for-12.
Clark added to the stat sheet by catching five tosses for 56 yards and carrying six times for another 62.
Gibbs had 100 yards on the ground in 16 carries and Boynton had 61 yards in four catches.
For Anderson, Hunter Majeski had 58 yards in nine carries, Dejon Matthews had 43 yards in seven carries and Josh Fulton finished with 24 in five carries.
Blake Sloan finished with 29 yards on the ground and Brandon Ostrowski added another 35.
The Cards now turn to what could be one of their biggest games of the season, a big Roosevelt team, also undefeated.
“We’re gonna celebrate this for 24 hours and then get back to work,” Carriveau said. “We’re put ourselves in position to play against the defending league champs.
“We put ourselves in good position to play meaningful football games and that’s the most important thing for the kids. We get to gear up for a very good Wyandotte team and that’s all you can ask for. Go compete and hopefully we can play well.”
The Titans host Trenton the same night.
Last Updated: 9/21/2013 12:08:34 PM EST