The Anderson Redskins picked up their seventh win in eight tries this season as they knocked off the Glen Este Trojans 24-7 in Friday's FOX19 Friday Prep Rally match-up.
Anderson (7-1, 3-0) has been overlooked by many this season, but outside of a lopsided loss to Glenville the Redskins have handled every test they've faced so far this season. That trend continued on Friday night versus Glen Este (4-4, 2-1).
The Spartans entered the game one spot ahead of the Redskins in Region 4 in the latest Harbin Rankings and looked the part early in the contest.
After allowing Anderson to jump ahead 3-0 on a 38-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, Glen Este responded with a seven-play scoring drive that ended on a 3-yard run by Austin Duncanson.
Less than two minutes later the Redskins would retake the lead as senior wide receiver Jordan Shelton made an acrobatic grab of a Nick Mason pass for a 27-yard scoring play. The duo has been one of the area's best passing tandems all season.
"I think our passing is better than I thought it might be," head coach Jeff Giesting said. "Jordan really has done a nice job and Nick has done a good job getting the ball to him."
Leading 10-7 at the half, Anderson put the pressure on right out of the gate following the break. Once again it would be Mason and Shelton that would do the damage as they connected for a 55-yard touchdown pass.
--Postgame: Jordan Shelton
--Postgame: Jeff Giesting
Mason completed 7 of 21 passes for 178 yards. Shelton caught four of the completions for 113 yards and a pair of scores.
"This is the first year I've ever worked with Nick," Shelton claimed. "We know what we are going to do before the play is even called."
Senior running back Nick Mason got in on the act with a score of his own when he busted through the Spartans' front seven with a 34-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
The Redskins' defense was impressive holding Glen Este to just 3.6 yards per carry and forcing seven turnover-on-downs in what proved to be a physical battle.
Duncanson finished with 99 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown in the loss. Trojans' quarterback Shane Seckman was held to just 27 yards on 5-of-15 passing and was picked off by Chris Shingleton.
"They just always believe they are going to win and they just don't quit," Giesting said of this year's edition of the Redskins.
There biggest test of the season for Anderson comes next week as they head to Winton Woods in a for a Thursday night game with the FAVC Buckeye title on the line. Glen Este will look to rebound as they welcome Loveland.
Written by: Dan Clasgens, TriStateFootball.com