VERSAILLES – Ground-oriented Anna took a different path Friday, but the result was an impressive 35-13 win over Versailles in a Midwest Athletic Conference game at H.B. Hole Field.
The normally run first Rockets took to the air, scoring on four of five possessions in a big first half. Quarterback Wes Hunsucker was 9-of-9 for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the first 24 minutes alone.
“Our offensive line did a great job and we have a bunch of kids that can catch the ball,” Anna coach Bryan Rioch said. “Wes Hunsucker is the real deal. He made one mistake tonight and that is pretty impressive.
“We are coming, but we’re still a work in process. The first coat of paint is still drying.
Fullback Cory Sniffen had 129 yards rushing, including a 70-yard TD run. He also added a TD reception.
Overall Anna did just about anything it wanted in the first half and took a 28-13 advantage to the locker room.
“One of the things that floored me was the fullback run,” Versailles coach Jason Schondelmyer said. “I have never had that happen before.”
The damage started on the Rockets first possession as they marched 69 yards with relative ease. The drive was capped by a 5-yard touchdown toss from Hunsucker to Kregg Elsass. That started a wild first quarter that saw 27 combined points scored.
Things got real interesting after Anna forced a Versailles punt. On third and long the Tigers forced a fumble and set up shop on the Rockets 19-yard line. A few plays later Ethan Oliver rumbled in from 2-yards out. The extra point made it 7-7.
However, Anna had a quick answer in Sniffen. The fullback took a handoff up the middle and sprinted 70-yards for six points. With the extra point the Rockets were back on top 14-7.
Again Versailles responded.
On first down Tiger quarterback Jon Richard found Shawn Winner on a 53-yard touchdown pass. The kick failed but after one period of play it was 14-13 Anna.
After that, the game was all Rockets.
Following the Tigers score, Anna went back to work on offensive. Continuing to mix in the run and pass, the Rockets exploited the Versailles defense, storming down the field. Sniffen capped the 74-yard drive with a 12-yard reception from Hunsucker, his second score on the night.
Even though Anna had now scored on three of its first four possessions it was still a manageable 21-13 advantage.
That too changed rather quickly.
After finally holding Versailles on defense, Hunsucker and crew went back to work. This time it was a 75-yard drive and again most of it came via the air. However, the six points came on the ground via 1-yard run. The extra point made it 28-13 and the Rockets were in complete control.
“It was huge to score right before half, because they drove right down the field to start the second half,” Rioch said.
At the start of the second half, the Tigers threatened to make it a game once again.
Starting from the 35-yard line they promptly went on a drive that last over nine minutes. Using strictly a power running game, Versailles bullied their way down the field. However, a fumble at the Anna 5-yard line ended the drive.
Anna added to its lead in the fourth quarter. Charles Guisinger took a hand off up the middle and raced 56-yards for the Rocket TD. With 11:23 left on the clock and the Rockets up 35-13, the game was all but over.
The Rockets ran out the clock and recorded their second consecutive win over the Tigers.