Anderson shuts down Simon Kenton

INDEPENDENCE, Kentucky – Simon Kenton kicked off its home schedule with brand new turf on the field, an electronic scoreboard and a tailgate party with free food. Despite the electricity in the air, the Anderson Redskins crossed the river into the Commonwealth and turned the lights out on the party with a convincing 44-16 win.

Anderson put 10 quick points on the board thanks to a field goal followed by a 54-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Kuhn to Cooper Bushman.

Simon Kenton withstood the Redskins initial surge starting with a key special teams play. Caleb Livers broke a tackle on a punt return and raced 65-yards down the sideline to the 14-yard line.

The Anderson defense held strong and the Pioneers had to settle for a 33-yard field goal by Nick Seger.

Late in the first quarter, Simon Kenton freshman quarterback Chase Crone connected with Livers on a 56-yard touchdown pass. The extra point kick was no-good but the Pioneers had cut the Anderson lead to 10-9.

The Redskins’ high-powered offense attack exploded for three-second quarter touchdowns putting the game out the reach. The crushing blow was a double pass that saw backup quarterback Evan Upchurch catch a backwards pass from Kuhn and then throw a strike of his own 68 yards to Bushman for a touchdown.

Kuhn is the latest in a line of talented Anderson signal callers and did not disappoint on opening night. Then junior threw for three touchdown passes including one that went through the arms of a Simon Kenton defender into the hands of a streaking Max Muehlenhamp for 26-yard score.

Kuhn added a rushing touchdown from the 1-yard line just before halftime to give Anderson a 31-9 advantage.

The Redskins scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter and were a missed extra point away from activating the running clock.

Head coach Evan Dreyer was happy with his team’s performance after playing a close first quarter in front of a rapid crowd.

“I think the biggest thing that we did was after being down 10-9, we fought through adversity with an inexperienced team,” said Dreyer. “I’m happy with the way our seniors reacted to that because you can’t coach that.”

Dreyer was also happy with the performance of his new starting quarterback.

“Jackson Kuhn had a great off season. He lifted weights, he worked hard and is so intelligent, Dreyer said. “The way he played tonight, he ran the ball, threw the ball when we needed led and was able to get us across the end zone.”

Both teams will be challenged again next week. Anderson stays on the road to play the Hamilton Blue Blue. Simon Kenton play another Ohio opponent when the Pioneers go to the Westside taking on Oak Hills.


Anderson 10-21-13-0 – 44

Simon Kenton 9-0-0-7 – 16


A – Hayden Brooke 30-yard FG

A – Jackson Kuhn 64-yard TD pass to Cooper Bushman (Hayden Brooke kick)

SK – Nick Seger 33-yard FG

SK – Chase Crone 13-yard TD pass to Caleb Livers (kick failed)

A – Jackson Kuhn 26-yd TD pass to Max Muehlenkamp (Hayden Brooke kick)

A – Evan Upchruch 68-yard TD pass to Cooper Bushman (Hayden Brooke kick)

A – Jackson Kuhn 1-yard TD run (Hayden Brooke kick)

A – Owen Koelle 2-yard TD run (Hayden Brooke kick)

A – Jackson Kuhn 32-yard TD pass to Andrew Williams (kick failed)

SK – Marcus Courtney 7-yard TD pass to Trey Little (Nick Seger kick)

RECORDS: Anderson (1-0); Simon Kenton (1-1)

UP NEXT: Anderson @ Hamilton; Simon Kenton @ Oak Hills.

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