Anderson dominates Harrison 45-3

HARRISON, Ohio – It was a matchup of East versus West with the Anderson Redskins dominating the Harrison Wildcats on its home field with an impressive 45-3 win at Wildcats Stadium.

Anderson senior quarterback Jay Volpenhein put together a masterful performance under center but he was not the only story.

Redskins defensive back Jordan Burman put the exclamation point on the blowout victory with his fourth quarter interception. After Burman was forced out of bounds he ran to his team’s sideline and excited the crowd with an empathetic slam dunk of the football into a metal garbage can.

Despite a 15-yard penalty as a result on his action, Burman’s turnover put a dagger into the Wildcats on their own field.

The Redskins defensive line was very impressive led by Jake Campbell, Trent Rogers and Nate Crawford. Linebackers Beau Arlinghaus and Kyle Riley also made significant contributions on the defensive side of the ball.

Harrison definitely used the correct strategy by taking the opening kickoff and going on a long, deliberate possession. The Wildcats went on a 17-play drive thanks mostly to the passing connection of the Young brothers. Senior quarterback Frankie connected with sophomore wide receiver C.J. on a pair of pass completions, one on third down and the other fourth down, to keep the drive alive.

The Anderson defense was able to get a stop on fourth-down and short deep in its own territory, turning the ball over to the high powered Redskins offense on downs.

“I think we can credit this win tonight to the defense,” said Volpenhein. “The first drive of the game they stopped them deep in the their territory. We made it into points and from there the game got rolling.”

The Redskins needed just 1:12 of game clock, driving 96 yards for the game’s first score. Kyle Blaha’s three-yard was the scoring play but it was set up by Volpenhein’s 34-yard pass play to Amadez Jones.

The Anderson defense stopped Harrison on a 3-and-out possession and Volpenhein took advantage with a 26-yard scoring strike to Kevin Shearer.

Volpenhein added a 71-yard pass, catch and run to Jones and only needed 38 seconds to execute the two-minute drill finishing with a 35-scoring play to Austin Watt.

Volpenhein finished the night with 425 yards on 21-for-35 passing and five touchdowns to four different receivers.

“You talk about throwing to different guys it’s all about trust and I trust every guy on this team to make plays. I know everyone has my back and I have theirs. That’s what makes this thing work.” says Volpenhein.

Anderson, who outgained Harrison in total offense 473-168, activated the running clock when Willie Johnson’s 33-yard field made the score 31-0 in the third quarter.

Jones and Joey Newton each caught fourth quarter touchdown passes to put the game out of reach.

Harrison’s only score came on a 39-yard field goal by Kyle Farsing.


Anderson 6-22-3-14 –  45

Harrison 0-0-3-0 –  3


A – Blaha 4-yard TD run (run failed)

A – Volpenhein 26-yard TD pass to Shearer (Jones catch)

A – Volpenhein 71-yard pass to Jones (Johnson kick)

A – Volpenhein 35-yard pass to Watt (Johnson kick)

A – Johnson 33-yard field goal

H – Farsing 39-yard field goal

A – Volpenhein 3-yard pass to Jones (Johnson kick)

A – Volpenhein 67-yard pass to Newton (Johnson kick)

RECORDS: Anderson (3-0); Harrison (2-1)

UP NEXT: Anderson vs. Kings (1-2); Harrison vs. Ross (0-3)

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