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Winton Woods’s running back Aaron Kemper and Anderson wide receiver Jared Cook each scored five touchdowns but it was the visiting Warriors who left Brown Stadium with a 39-34 win in a FAVC Buckeye shootout.
Anderson received the opening kickoff and drove 85 yards in 16 plays to take an early 7-0 lead. Cook, a junior wide receiver, caught a three-yard pass from sophomore starting quarterback Kevin Rogers.
Winton Woods (4-5, 3-1) tied the score on the ensuing drive when Kemper scored the first of his three first-half rushing touchdowns from 23 yards out.
--Postgame: Aaron Kemper, Winton Woods
--Postgame: Gary Underwood, Winton Woods
--Winton Woods Fight Song
Anderson (4-5, 2-2) fumbled the ball twice in the second quarter and the Warriors made them pay both times. Kemper, who is the FAVC leading rusher, scored on a 37-yard romp to the house but the extra point was blocked by the Redskins to give the Warriors a 13-7 advantage.
After the second Anderson turnover, Winton Woods used running plays by senior quarterback Gary Underwood to keep the Anderson defense off balance. Underwood’s 23-yard sprint set-up a first-and goal at the eight yard line for the Warriors. Kemper, who rushed for 121 yards on just nine carries in the first half, ran it in on the very next play.
The Redskins scored with just 10 seconds remaining before halftime by running the two-minute drill to perfection. Senior backup quarterback Nick Mason, who was 19-for-27 with 274 passing yards and four touchdowns, led the eight-play drive by completing five passes. Four of those completions, including the one-yard touchdown score, were caught by Cook. After the successful extra point kick, the Warriors lead was cut to 19-14 going into the intermission.
In the third quarter, Winton Woods took what appeared to be a commanding 33-14 lead after a pair of rushing touchdowns. Underwood, rushing for 140 yards on 24 carries for the game, capped the opening drive of the half with a 19-yard touchdown run.
Anderson committed its third turnover, fumbling on the first play of the ensuing drive, to setup Kemper’s fourth rushing touchdown. The Warriors scored a total of 18 points off the three Anderson miscues.
Anderson made a frantic comeback as Mason threw a pair touchdown passes to Cook, who caught a career high 15 passes for 202 yards, as the Warriors lead was cut to 33-28 with 7:53 left to play.
Kemper, who rushed for a season-high 241 yards for the game, tied a career high with his fifth rushing touchdown. The 55-yard sprint around the right tackle extended the Winton Woods lead to 39-28.
Cook, who had a career night of his own, scored his fifth receiving touchdown to give Anderson hope by cutting the final margin to 39-34.
Anderson, who actually outgained Winton Woods 388-374 in total yards, turned the ball over on downs with 2:25 left to play giving Winton Woods the victory.
Winton Woods will host Glen Este next week for its final regular season game of the season while Anderson travels to Harrison.
Brady Laber is a 2009 graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He is in his second season with TriStateFootball.com and has covered Northern Kentucky high school football since 2006. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.