D-II Regional Quarterfinals: Defending champion Anderson advances


Division II playoffs

There were several solid showings by Division II teams Friday in the regional quarterfinals. Among the winners were Akron Hoban, Sylvania Southview, Columbus DeSales and defending champion Anderson.

There were several solid showings by Division II teams Friday in the regional quarterfinals. Among the winners were Akron Hoban, Sylvania Southview, Columbus DeSales and defending champion Anderson.

Division II Region 6

Akron Hoban 21, Warren Howland 10

Madison 35, E. Cleveland Shaw 0

Mayfield 27, Kent Roosevelt 7

Tallmadge 30, Parma Padua 17

Division II Region 6

Lexington 28, Lodi Cloverleaf 10

Medina Highland 35, Avon Lake 23

Powell Olentangy Liberty 34, Toledo Central Catholic 7

Sylvania Southview 28, Lewis Center Olentangy 14

Division II Region 7

Columbus DeSales 20, Columbus Watterson 17

Columbus Marion-Franklin 34, Columbus Beechcroft 28, 2OT

Logan 23, Dublin Jerome 7

Louisville 60, Columbus Independence 24

Division II Region 8

Cincinnati Anderson 55, Trenton Edgewood 7

Cincinnati Winton Woods 58, Dayton Dunbar 12

Kings Mills Kings 27, Cincinnati Turpin 24

New Carlisle Tecumseh 44, Mount Orab Western Brown 21


Defending champion Anderson gets things going early

By John Stegeman

ANDERSON – The home stands were a sea or black and orange and it had almost nothing to do with Halloween. Nevertheless, the defending state champion Anderson Redskins wasted little time taking the lead and making the score a Halloween nightmare Trenton Edgewood would soon like to forget.

Anderson’s Michael Tincher ran back an interception with 1:25 elapsed in the first quarter to take a permanent lead as the Redskins defeated the Cougars 55-7 in the first round of the Division II state high school football playoffs on Friday night.

The scoring did not end there for Anderson. Senior Kyle Slater, who finished the game with 124 yards on 21 carries with three scores, scored the next two touchdowns and a pass from Redskins QB Daniel Rob to Luis Perez made the score 28-7 at the half.

“Our line blocked great tonight,” Slater said. “I was able to make a couple cuts and get into the end zone.”

Rod finished 7-of-10 passing for 114 yards while Perez ended with 26 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Redskins ended the game with one last touchdown from Anthony Palazzolo with 3:44 remaining for the final margin.

Edgewood coach Steve Channell said the game could have gone a different way,

“I thought in the first half if we could have stayed in the game…” he said. “There were a couple situations where we didn’t make a play and they did and those led to touchdowns.

“That takes nothing away from them,” Channell added. “They’re very very good. It’s going to take an awful good football team to beat them.”

A turning point came on the third snap of the second quarter. The Cougars trailed 14-7 and chose to go for it on fourth and inches from their own 17. The play failed and Anderson needed just three plays to increase its lead to 21-7.

The game was a marked difference from Anderson’s first playoff game a year ago. The 2007 state title campaign started with a 14-6 win over Kings.

Anderson coach Jeff Giesting said winning a year ago has the Redskins focused.

“Last year we didn’t expect to get into the playoffs in the beginning of the year and when we made it, every week we were just excited to win,” he said. “These guys have a definite goal that they want to keep advancing but we’re still keeping it week to week.”

Edgewood made the game competitive in the first half. Justin Elder scored on a 34 yard run to pull within seven points. Elder ran 11 times for 65 yards to lead the Cougars running while quarterback Brandon Marcum was 11 for 19 for 151 yards. Marcum helped to keep Edgewood in the game by connecting five times in the first half with Xavier Fugate. Fugate finished with 90 yards receiving but was unable to play the second half because of a hamstring injury.

Anderson outplayed Edgewood on fourth down as well. Edgewood was 0 for 4 on fourth down conversion attempts while the Redskins were 4 for 4.

For the Redskins though, not everything went according to plan. Anderson had 14 penalties for 101 yards.

“We still have lapses in concentration,” Giesting said. “I’m pretty hard on our guys though …

“The holding penalties were a problem,” Giesting added. “We haven’t had that many holding penalties in a long time but that’s okay. We survived.”

After such a large victory, Slater was confident.

“I think we’re going to make a run for (state),” Slater said. “We have to live up to our expectations and hopefully (win state) again.”

Anderson’s win means it will play next Friday against New Carlisle Tecumseh, which defeated Western Brown 44-21 to advance, at a neutral site to be announced.

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