Chad Anderson’s big night lead Clearview Clippers to win vs. Oberlin Phoenix

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Phoenix running back Kalif Townsel makes a carry during the third quarter of the game between the Oberlin Phoenix and the Clearview Clippers at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Phoenix quarterback Jason Moore Jr. makes a long run out of his own red zone during the third quarter of the game between the Oberlin Phoenix and the Clearview Clippers at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Clippers quarterback Roger Engle drops back for a pass during the third quarter of the game between the Oberlin Phoenix and the Clearview Clippers at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Clippers running back Chad Anderson fights through for a touchdown during the third quarter of the game between the Oberlin Phoenix and the Clearview Clippers at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

OBERLIN — Unfavorable conditions did not stop the offenses of both the Clearview Clippers and Oberlin Phoenix from putting up some big plays.

Ultimately, though, defense in the second half for the Clippers and lack thereof for the Phoenix led to a 36-14 win for Clearview Friday night.

Senior running back Chad Anderson led the way for the Clippers with an unbelievable 243 yard, four-touchdown performance. His touches in the second half were pretty much an automatic 5-plus yards. Runs of 38 and 23 in the first and second half respectively by Anderson set up scores for Clearview that Anderson eventually pounded in himself.

“Chad epitomizes Clearview football,” Clearview coach Mike Collier said. “Tough, hardnosed football from a tough kid with a big heart. When you are getting gains like he was consistently tonight it makes playing offense a whole lot easier. Especially against a tough opponent on the road.”

The Clippers kicked off the scoring with a picture perfect 51-yard touchdown pass from Roger Engle to Ryan Vargo. Anderson followed soon thereafter in the second quarter with his first scoring run from 19 yards out.

“We preach balance,” Collier said. “A smart defense is always going to try and make you one dimensional and then pounce on you. Us being able to make plays both throwing and running keeps us out of difficult situations.”

In the meantime Oberlin’s offense also caught fire.

After a shaky start senior quarterback Jason Moore ended the first half 8 of 9 for 128 yards and a touchdown, before that capping another scoring drive with a 4-yard run.

Moore finished 17 of 29 for 198 yards, but also threw two picks. One especially costly in the second half when Clearview’s Ryan Vargo picked him off in the end zone after an effective yet time consuming drive.

“They have a very talented quarterback and just a talented offense overall,” Collier said. “Tonight we controlled the line of scrimmage and tried to keep a spy on Moore the majority of the game. He had the one run to convert on 3rd-and-long, but overall we are happy with how we kept their offense bottled up.”

As stated before Clearview took over the game in the second half on both sides of the ball. They shut out the Phoenix on the scoreboard and only allowed six first downs. Anderson scored three touchdowns and touched the ball nearly every play, including a drive with six carries, 56 yards and a score.

Clearview did not attempt a pass in the second half because they simply did not need to, but that doesn’t make an efficient game by Engle go unnoticed. He was 5 of 10 for 71 yards and a touchdown. He also launched several surprise punts on fourth down from a shotgun formation. One of which went 47 yards and pinned the Phoenix inside their own 1-yard line.

Clearview moves to 5-2 and will face Lutheran West next week, while Oberlin (5-2) will travel to face Fairview.

@MJournalSports

Last Updated: 10/6/2012 12:16:59 PM EST

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