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September 15, 2013

High school football notebook: Indians make first win one to remember

ANDERSON — Anderson’s Indians trailed Logansport by two touchdowns with less than four minutes remaining in the contest Friday night and could have been forgiven for feeling the weight of the world on its shoulders.

But what the Indians (1-3) did with that little time might have turned their season around.

The Tribe rallied for 15 unanswered points, scoring the last three on a 20-yard field goal by Cody Gray as time expired on a 29-28 victory.

“It’s kind of unbelievable how we did it,” head coach Randy Albano said Saturday after taking some time to digest the victory.

That’s no small reaction coming from a veteran of 26 seasons on high school sidelines.

And it’s far from overstatement.

Anderson’s comeback began with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Gaven Owens to tight end Robbie Peal. When the Berries were called for encroachment on the extra-point attempt, the Indians went for two points from the 1-yard line and were stuffed.

After the defense forced a punt, returning running back Jerian Beard rumbled in for a touchdown to pull the Tribe within 28-26. Albano called timeout to set up another two-point try, but Logansport’s defense held again.

Anderson tried an onside kick but the Berries recovered and took possession with 2:34 remaining. The Indians used their last timeout, and Logansport ran down the clock as far as possible before a punt attempt.

The snap went over the punter’s head, and the Indians took over at their own 45-yard line with 32 seconds left and no timeouts.

A quick completion to Brandon Chapman gained nine yards, and Anderson killed the clock with 10 seconds left. Owens then lofted a hail mary toward the end zone, which Beard somehow pulled in at the 3-yard line.

The clock stopped for a first down, and the Indians got to the line of scrimmage with two seconds left. A quick spike left one tick on the clock and set up Gray’s heroics.

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