“The kids had faith,” Albano said. “They always believed they could win. You don’t see many games like that by high school kids. That’s one of the best comebacks I’ve been a part of.”
Anderson improved to 1-1 in the North Central Conference and hosts Huntington North on Friday.
Alexandria will welcome its 1965 Central Indiana Conference championship team for Friday’s homecoming contest against Oak Hill.
The timing scarcely could be better.
The Tigers (3-1) improved to 1-1 in league play with an upset of previously unbeaten Mississinewa in Week 4. The victory reasserted Alexandria into a tight CIC race and was the latest evidence that head coach Pete Gast’s program is headed in the right direction.
“It’s kind of neat how that all has played out going into the homecoming game,” Gast said. “There’s a lot of (the 1965 players) coming together, and we may even have one or two speak with the team if they choose to do so.”
Gast was even more pleased with the win because it came on the heels of a blowout loss at Eastbrook a week earlier. Instead of giving up on themselves, the Tigers dug deep and produced a program-defining upset.
“We just needed to go out and play hard, be physical and just do what we did (Friday) night,” Gast said. “It wasn’t about talent. It was about heart and wanting to win.”
Elwood senior Sammy Mireles is chasing the state career rushing record this season. The Herald Bulletin will provide a weekly update on his progress the rest of the way.
Mireles entered the year needing 2,170 yards to surpass former Cathedral star Otis Shannon’s career total of 7,560 set from 1997 through 2000. After gaining 365 yards — and scoring a school-record seven touchdowns — during a 74-54 victory against Madison-Grant on Friday night, Mireles now has 1,068 yards this year.
He’s averaging 267 yards per game and needs 1,102 more to set the record. If Elwood (2-2) plays the minimum of six games the rest of the season — including a first-round sectional matchup — Mireles needs to average 183.7 yards per game to become the state’s new career rushing leader.