Falcons soar past CMA
WALKERTON — Josh Anderson was once again the main attraction Friday night.
The senior running back accumulated 234 yards and five touchdowns on 18 attempts, helping John Glenn roll to a 48-21 victory over Culver Military Academy in high school football action at Falcon Field.
Anderson found the end zone on runs of 9, 20, 8, 3, and 46 yards as the Falcons (5-1) scored 20 points in the opening period on their way to a 35-0 halftime cushion.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Anderson also caught a pass for 19 yards to go along with an interception on the defensive side. Through six games, Anderson has now scored 27 touchdowns.
“I had a pretty good night at the office,” joked Anderson. “All of the credit goes to the (offensive) linemen. I couldn’t have done this all by myself. They opened things up by taking out the linebackers and then leave the guys in the secondary for me. After that, all I really have to do is find my way past them.
“I thought it was going to be a lot tougher for us than it was. They (CMA) played hard, but we came out here on Senior Night and played as hard as we could. I thought we (seniors) played really good tonight.”
The Falcons showed they were all business from the outset by scoring on their first four possessions and limiting CMA (2-4) to just one total yard in the same stretch.
“There was no way I thought we would come out tonight and perform like we did at the start,” said Glenn coach Justin Bogunia. “Watching them on film, they played hard and very aggressive. That’s why during the week I told the boys we were going to be in for a dogfight.
“To our credit, though, we came out and took care of business. I think scoring on our first drive and then sticking it to them on defense really helped our confidence level. Our coaching staff really deserves a lot of the credit. They had the boys focused and ready to go tonight.”
Before heading off to the sidelines to enjoy the rest of the game with his teammates, Anderson gave the fans one more thing to talk about late in the third quarter by breaking several tackles and manueuvering his way down the sidelines 46 yards for his fifth and final tally of the night.
“I just kinda zigged and zagged my way past them,” Anderson said. “The linemen deserve a lot of the credit for opening the hole for me.”
Held in check for the first three quarters, the Eagles finally showed some life in the final period against the Glenn reserves.
Quarterback Hayes Barnes hooked up with Pierre Byrne on touchdown tosses of seven and 18 yards before Aramonti Phillips capped off the CMA scoring by scampering 70 yards with just over three minutes left.
In between, Derek Hiler had a 63-yard scoring run of his own for the Falcons, who finished with 421 yards on the ground.
Barnes ended up 9-of-21 for 148 yards with Byrne having five catches for 64 yards. Phillips paced the CMA running attack with five carries for 125 yards.
“I never saw this coming,” said CMA coach Andy Dorrel. “John Glenn is a great football team. When it comes to playing a team like them, you can’t afford to make mistakes. We had some dropped balls early on that hurt us. To their credit, they made some big plays and we didn’t.
“Anderson is a heck of a player. When they (Glenn) put the ball in the hands of their playmaker, he made things happen. We just didn’t do a very good job of stopping him tonight.”
Hiler finished with nine rushes for 83 yards, and Tom Knape added an interception for Glenn, which hosts New Prairie next Friday.
• GLENN 48,
CULVER MILITARY 21
CMA 0 0 0 21
Glenn 20 15 7 6
G — Josh Anderson 9 run (Charlie Dreessen kick)
G — Anderson 20 run (Dreessen kick)
G — Anderson 8 run (kick failed)
G — Jon Stewart 22 pass from Tom Knape (Anthony Eldridge pass from Knape)
G — Anderson 3 run (Dreessen kick)
G — Anderson 46 run (Dreessen kick)
CMA — Pierre Byrne 7 pass from Hayes Barnes (Diego Herrera kick)
CMA — Byrne 18 pass from Barnes (Herrera kick)
G — Derek Hiler 63 run (kick failed)
CMA — Aramonti Phillips 70 run (Herrera kick)
First downs 13 20
Rushing yards 178 421
Passing yards 148 41
Passing 9-21-2 2-3-0
Punting 5-32 2-37
Fumbles lost 0 1
Penaties 3-30 3-15