Anderson punches ticket to Massillon, will play for second straight D-II title

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Anderson will play for its second straight Division II state title following a 14-10 semifinal win over DeSales

Cincinnati Anderson will have a chance to defend its Division II state championship. In a rematch of Week 4, which Columbus DeSales won 38-17, the Redskins ran past the Stallions 14-10 in the state semifinals at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

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DAYTON – Cincinnati Anderson will have a chance to defend its Division II state championship.

In a rematch of Week 4, which Columbus DeSales won 38-17, the Redskins ran past the Stallions 14-10 in the state semifinals at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

Anderson racked up 288 yards of offense, including 255 yards on 38 carries on the ground from running back Kyle Slater.

“The (offensive) line blocked great tonight and that was the key,” Slater said.

DeSales had 304 yards of offense but had three critical turnovers, including a lost fumble with 2:02 left in the game on the Anderson 13-yard line.

“We were in the right place at the right time,” Anderson head coach Jeff Giesting said about his defense forcing three turnovers. “You just have to take advantage of every opportunity in front of you and we had that today and we took advantage of that.”

Added DeSales head coach Ryan Wiggins, “You can’t turn over the ball three times and be in the red zone a few times and come away without any points and expect to beat a team of this caliber in a game of this caliber.”

The first quarter and a half was a defensive battle but Anderson got on the board midway through the second quarter on a 17-yard Slater touchdown run capping a 57-yard drive after a Kevin Cripe interception.

DeSales threatened just before halftime but running back Josh Kusan was stuffed at the goal line on fourth down from the Anderson 1-yard line to go into the break down 7-0.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Anderson quarterback Daniel Rod said. “I’ve never seen Anderson defense play like that in my life. That was four straight plays from one yard and hats off to (the defense). They saved us tonight.”

Said Wiggins, “When you get down that close you have to punch it in and we weren’t able to do it.”

Anderson defensive back Luke Bissingmer intercepted DeSales quarterback Thomas Gentile on the opening drive of the second half and the Redskins capitalized scoring on an 8-yard Rod touchdown run to stretch the lead to 14-0.

On DeSales’ first play on its next possession, running back Adam Griffin raced 79 yards to pay dirt to cut the Anderson lead to 14-7.

Anderson was forced to punt on its next possession and DeSales kicker Kyle Nugent banged it through from 41 yards to tighten the score to 14-10.

DeSales put together a nice drive in the fourth quarter starting with ball on their own 20 but on third down with from the Anderson 13, Gentile fumble and Bissinger pounced on the ball sealing the win and punching Anderson’s ticket to Massillon.

“We just wanted to come out and play our game,” said Rod, who had 12 yards rushing and the touchdown.

Griffin had 135 yards rushing on 10 carries in the losing effort.

Anderson defeated Louisville 31-25 last year in the Division II state championship and will take on Sylvania Southview, which defeated Akron Hoban 31-0, Friday night at Massillon’s Paul Brown Stadium for a second straight title.

“Our goal is to be 5-0 in the playoffs and that is what we say every week,” Giesting said.

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