By Rick Teverbaugh
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
The Anderson Indians snapped a 20-year football sectional victory drought here Friday with a 35-24 win over the Richmond Red Devils.
Anderson sparkled on both sides of the football.
On offense, Jerian Beard accounted for four of the five AHS touchdowns, running for two, catching a scoring pass and throwing for one as the team set the tone for the game with a halfback option pass on the game’s first play.
Defensively, the Indians picked off four aerials from Richmond’s sophomore quarterback Jordan Christian. The interceptions came from four different defenders, Ty’Ray Wilson, Brandan Chapman, Zachary Amos and Robby Peal. Peal’s pick came with just under two minutes left in the game and sealed the game’s verdict.
Early in the season, Anderson (4-6) lost to the Devils 48-26 in a game where the Indians were less than healthy. Of special note is that Beard did not play in the contest.
“Our kids were ready to play,” said Anderson coach Randy Albano. “We had two weeks to prepare. We got a lot of work in the cold last week and put everything in. I’ve had a pretty good record when I’ve gotten to play a team the second time in a season.”
Anderson will be at home next Friday against Cathedral, a 35-21 victor over Zionsville on Friday.
Beard ran 17 times for 53 yards and caught three passes for 35 yards. Gaven Owens threw for 176 yards and no interceptions. His favorite target was Chapman, who had a spectacular day.
Tyler Welch, who rushed for 67 yards on 12 totes, got the Tribe off to a good start with a solid kickoff return to open the game. Anderson’s first possession began on the Richmond 40.
On the first play from scrimmage, Owens pitched to Beard in what appeared to be a sweep right. Beard then pulled up and threw to Chapman, who was clear of the defense. Chapman caught, bobbled, caught, bobbled and finally secured the ball going to the ground in the end zone.
With Anderson trailing 24-21 and time running out in the third quarter, Owens found Chapman open again from 31 yards out. Again Chapman had the ball squirt loose briefly from his grasp, but this time he pulled it in with just one attempt. The Indians were on top 28-24, a lead they never relinquished.