WALKERTON — Just when the Redskins thought it couldn’t get any worse, Josh Anderson was given another carry, and delivered in a big way.
The Falcons senior running back had his way with the Knox defense all night, leading John Glenn to a 53-8 victory at home on Friday night. Well, he had his way with the defense for half the night, as Anderson only played one series in the second half, a 56-yard touchdown run at that.
On the night, Anderson carried the ball 16 times for 237 yards and a school record-tying five rushing touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. It was the second time in three games that he has tied the school record with six touchdowns in a game.
“Anderson can make you look silly and (tonight) he did,” said Knox head football coach Terry Chestovich.
“Offensively, we had some positives tonight. Fier is a tough-nosed kid and works hard,” said Chestovich, referring to senior running back Jacob Fier, who ran for 124 yards and the lone Redskins touchdown.
It was a good rebound win for the Falcons, who lost a tough Northern State Conference game with Jimtown, 14-13 last week.
“We knew the psyche of the kids was going to be affected, win or lose last week,” said Glenn head coach Justin Bogunia. “We wanted the ball first, and we wanted to set the tempo tonight.”
He also went on to say that getting the younger players in the game in the fourth quarter was beneficial “for getting guys ready for next year… We never stop coaching, the intensity stays the same no matter the score or which players are in the game.”
Anderson had touchdown runs of 2, 5, 40, 56, and 60 yards to go along with a 31-yard touchdown catch. If that weren’t enough, he also had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown called back on a penalty. Other highlights of the night included a kickoff return for a touchdown by senior Jonathon Stewart and a full-speed strip of the Redskins’s quarterback by senior Jakob Keldsen. If the NSC teams weren’t on alert before this game, they sure are now after this performance by Josh Anderson.
• JOHN GLENN 53,
Score by quarters
Knox: 0 0 0 8 — 8
Glenn: 13 21 13 6 — 53
Glenn — Josh Anderson 5-yd run (Charlie Dreessen kick), 8:14
Glenn — Anderson 2-yd run (Dreessen kick failed), 3:44
Glenn — Anderson 40-yd run (Knape 2-pt conversion run) 11:49
Glenn — Anderson 60-yd run (Dreessen kick failed) 7:54
Glenn — Anderson 31-yd pass from Tom Knape (Dreessen kick) 1:13
Glenn — Anderson 56-yard run (Dreessen kick) 9:28
Glenn — Keldsen fumble recovery (Dreessen kick failed :04
Knox — Jacob Fier 72-yard TD run (Nevin Miller run) 11:09
Glenn — Stewart 80-yard kickoff return (Dreessen kick failed) 10:57
Rushing: 43-428 yards; Josh Anderson 16-237, Trevor Duff 8-84, Derek Hiler 8-61 Tom Knape 2-8, Chase Bierly 3-14, Christian Porter 1-1, Zack Clark 1-11, Michael Schmeltz 2-6, Aacen O’Conner 2-6
Passing: Tom Knape 8-6-0 for 100; Kyle Liedtky (Glenn) 1-1-0 for 7
Penalties: 6-55 yards
Rushing: 35-157; Nevin Miller 10- (-)1, Andy Slates 1-2, Anthony Chasse 1- (-)6, Jordan Beem 8-31, Jacob Fier 8-124, Garrett Majchrzak 2-4, James Decker 3-3, Korey Stamper 2-0.
Passing: Nevin Miller 14-6-2 for 68; James Decker 1-0-0
Records: Glenn 2-1 (1-1 NSC), Knox 1-2 (0-1 NSC)