Anthony Wayne turns away TC
WHITEHOUSE — A little something extra was all it took and an extra opportunity didn’t hurt.
A score after the first-half clock had expired became a springboard for two power surges to start the second half as Anthony Wayne turned back Columbian 31-14 here Friday night.
“I feel like we’ve been resilient so far,” third-year head coach Andy Brungard said after the Generals improved to 2-0 while dropping the Tornadoes to 1-1. “When we’ve had to respond in the second half, we’ve done so.
“St. Francis was tight going into halftime last week (42-10 General win) and this game was tight going into halftime,” Brungard said. “But we dominated the third quarter tonight and the fourth quarter last week. That’s the kind of response we need.”
Anthony Wayne had taken a 7-0 lead three seconds into the second quarter on Ezra Scott’s 1-yard smash. The touchdown capped a 92-yard drive and was the first of three power scores by Scott, who finished with 92 yards on 21 carries.
But the Tornadoes rallied with a 16-play, 87-yard drive to tie it.
Chase Frankhauser hit five passes in the trek, including completions of 17 and 10 yards to Robert Daniel early, followed by three connections with Donnell Brockington. They hooked up for 24 yards for a first down at the General 23, a 9-yarder to set the stage and a touchdown toss of 12 yards.
The drive chewed up nearly seven minutes, but 1:34 remained for Anthony Wayne and that turned out to be just enough.
Max Denman hit four passes for the Generals, including a 21-yard snap to Chase Alberts at the 12 with five seconds left. Kicker Matt Paul, who sent a couple kickoffs into the end zone, had plenty of leg, but was off the mark on a 29-yard field goal try.
But the Tornadoes were flagged for running into the kicker and when Paul got another chance 6 yards closer on an untimed play, he hit it for a 10-7 General edge at the half.
“That wasn’t the game, but it was a little bit of momentum for them that we could have maybe had coming out,” Columbian coach Judd Lutz said. “They made some plays in their two-minute situation, but our kids were excited coming out.
“But they proceeded to wear us down a little bit up front,” he said. “They’ve got some big bodies and some hard-running tailbacks and they wore us down a little. We just didn’t make some plays that maybe we could have made and they did.”
Denman started the half with a 24-yard pass to Mason Alberts and an 18-yarder to Nick Kaufman, but the rest of the drive came on the ground with Scott’s 2-yard run providing a 17-7 edge with 9:02 left in the third period.
The next time down, Denman hooked up with Kaufman (five catches, 92 yards) for a 36-yard advance and Scott eventually picked up his third TD with a 3-yard run.
“They did some good things on defense to bracket (Max) Bradfield, our X receiver, so we had to come up with ways to get our Z receiver (Kaufman) the ball,” Brungard said. “Kudos to them for putting pressure on the X receiver but a couple of adjustments made a difference for us.”
The Generals pushed the margin to 31-7 early in the fourth on Denman’s 14-yard TD toss to Bradfield.
Columbian then closed the scoring with an 80-yard drive as Frankhauser (16 for 30, 199 yards) hit six passes to five different receivers, including a TD throw of 19 yards to Nick Koerper.
“There was no quit. At that point, we were trying to make plays to get back into it,” Lutz said. “It was kind of a throw-it-every-time situation. They knew we were throwing it and we were still able to be pretty successful with it. So that was a plus.”
The Tornadoes, who were winless last season, but kicked that away with a 35-3 whipping of Elida last week, are a different crew even if Lutz isn’t particularly interested in a moral victories.
“That was a much-improved Tiffin team,” Brungard said. “I was telling Judd before the game, you watch film on these guys and they’re 10 times better than last year.”
“Proud of the effort, but obviously, you hate the result,” Lutz said. “We’ve got to turn the page just like last week with the great victory. We’ve got to turn the page and get better. You can’t stay the same. That’s the message.”