Anderson gets plenty of help from teammates in win
HUME – Reed Anderson scored two touchdowns Saturday that wouldn't have been possible last week.
"We installed the play this week," Milford/Cissna Park football coach Nate Albaugh said.
The pass routes worked to perfection in a nonconference game as Anderson hauled in strikes from Kristopher Evans covering 25 and 22 yards, accounting for the first TDs of each half as the Bearcats overpowered East Central 35-7.
"I got the series from Hud (Venerable) when I was the ballboy for Monticello," Albaugh said. "Your passing game doesn't have to be complicated. You just have to execute it. I expect we'll see more of it."
East Central saw as much as it wanted from the MCP defense. The Bearcats didn't yield a first down for nearly 20 minutes and in one sequence of eight Panther possessions forced six turnovers, five of which were interceptions.
"It's frustrating when you can't move the ball," East Central coach Alex Partenheimer said, "They brought blitzes we didn't see. They were a better team."
MCP led 14-0, the early scores coming during a stretch when the Bearcats registered first downs on five consecutive plays.
Anderson's first TD opened the scoring at the 10:42 mark. MCP's Kyle Popham recovered the ensuing kickoff at the 31 as it bounced around. Two plays later, at 10:02, Kyle Evans scampered 21 yards and Kristopher Evans hit the second of his five extra-point placements.
"You hope for an opening like that," Albaugh said. "We executed well. Now we need to see what to do to continue that."
MCP's unbeaten team scored its third TD on a 26-yard second-quarter interception return by Tyler Allison. It was one of two picks he had in the game.
"Tyler wasn't with us last year and we had to talk him into it (this year)," Albaugh said, "and I'm so glad we did. There's no other way to describe it except that he's a football player who makes plays."
Other defensive stalwarts for MCP were Aric Cooke, Justin Flinkman and Popham with interceptions and Anderson with a fumble recovery.
Popham was the game's top rusher, generating 115 yards from his seven carries. Four of his attempts covered at least 10 yards.
"Kyle is elusive and made people miss," Albaugh said.
Seconding him was Kyle Evans with 62 yards rushing.
East Central's Dylan Ross scored the Panthers' TD on a 34-yard run with 3:55 to play. He led the team in rushing with 90 yards.
Partenheimer was disappointed in the outcome but not the effort.
"I've never talked to them about winning or losing," he said. "I've talked to them about attitude, heart, desire, passion. They didn't quit. They fought all the way."
A shutout was not on Albaugh's mind in the fourth quarter.
"I was not concerned about that at all," he said. "My concern was to get all the (42) guys who've worked their butts off in practice a chance to play in the game."
Like his team, Albaugh was successful.