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Anderson dominates Lincoln Park with big second half

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Only seven points separated Anderson and Lincoln Park at halftime of a Week-1 Downriver League battle in Southgate.

However, the Titans (1-0, 1-0 DRL) came out strong in the third quarter and eventually turned a six-point lead into a 40-14 victory against the Railsplitters (0-1, 0-1 DRL).

Anderson quarterback Danny McCoy was 10-for-16 passing and accounted for three touchdowns, as he ran in two and threw for another.

Running back Dejon Matthews finished with three rushing touchdowns for the Titans and for the night had six carries for 55 yards.

Receiver Dillan Steele had four catches for 113 yards and a touchdown for the burgundy and silver.

Lincoln Park got on the board first after quarterback Steve Glenn ran in a first-quarter touchdown and kicker Jose Altamiraro hit the extra point to make it a 7-0 game.

The Titans answered with a 65-yard scoring strike from McCoy to Steele, but the extra point was blocked and the hosts trailed 7-6.

With good field position after a punt, Anderson quickly headed toward the goal line again and Matthews finished off the drive with a short touchdown run. Kicker Laekyn Jaciuk hit the extra point and for the game she was 4-for-5.

McCoy then followed it up with his first rushing touchdown of the evening and gave his squad a 20-7 lead.

Before the half was over, however, Lincoln Park’s Quinn Chapman was able to pick off a pass, which set his team up for another score. The offense came on and Glenn threw a touchdown to Daniel Roberts to make it a 20-14 game, following Altamiraro’s extra point.

The mistake didn’t rattle McCoy and the Titans, as the signal-caller came back early in the third quarter and hit Steele with a big completion and then finished off the drive with a 30-yard run to the end zone.

“I thought we persevered,” said Anderson Coach Frank Vilardi. “We lost momentum going into halftime. I was proud of the way the kids responded in the second half.”

Anderson went on to keep the Rails off the board in the second half and added two more touchdowns, both courtesy of Matthews.

In the third quarter, Matthews scored on a short run and inside the final 12 minutes he hit pay dirt from about 25 yards out.

Next up for the Titans is another home game, as they’ll take on Woodhaven, which crushed Truman 44-7 in its first game of 2014. Lincoln Park will travel to Roosevelt for a Week-2 tilt with the Bears, who beat Trenton 27-9 to kick of their season.

Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:04:08 AM EST