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Chad Anderson carries Clearview Clippers over Lutheran West Longhorns
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Chad Anderson, left, pushes away from Lutheran West's Ryan O'Conner in the third quarte rlast night.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Lutheran West's Derek Naim, right, knocks the ball away from Clearview's Gerrell Williams hands in the third quarter.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Ryan Vergo, right, takes Lutheran West's Isaak Zrnich for a ride has he turns the corner for a good gain in the third quarter.
On Friday night Lutheran West got to witness the new and improved Clippers first hand as Clearview ran away with their third straight victory, beating the visiting Longhorns 22-12 on “Pink Friday” (supporting breast cancer awareness) at Tom Hoch Field.
Both teams had trouble getting it going early, each turning it over in the first few possessions of the game.
It wasn’t until late in the 1st quarter when the Clippers finally broke the scoreless tie.
Following a pass interference penalty against the Longhorns, Clearview’s Chad Anderson went 26 yards on 3 carries, the last being a 2-yard touchdown plunge that gave Clearview an early 8-0 lead.
Anderson, who rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns last week, was just getting started.
On the next two Clearview possessions Anderson rushed for over 70 yards, making the Lutheran West defense focus solely on trying to slow him down.
Clearview quarterback Robert Engle realized that and used it to his team’s advantage, going up top to receiver Gerrell Williams for completions of 32 and 35.
The latter — Engle’s 35-yard pass — went for a touchdown right before half, giving the Clippers all the momentum heading into the locker room up 14-0.
“I mean what can you say about Chad? He’s a very talented kid who is tough as nails.” Clearview head coach Mike Collier said after the game. “I love how consistent he is and you know anytime he’s out there the opposing defense has to account for him.”
Coming out of halftime, Lutheran West seemed a bit more prepared for Anderson and the Clippers game plan.
On the opening drive in the third quarter the Longhorns offense looked like a new unit.
Kyle Masek was huge during the drive, first gaining 20 yards on a beautiful reverse then capping it off by hauling in a 16-yard TD pass from Greg Kunze.
After failing on the two-point conversion, Lutheran West found themselves down just 14-6 with plenty of time to go.
Both defenses played great football the next 10 minutes. Clearview junior Bill Doughty and Lutheran West senior Kameron Bremer each had two huge sacks that ended scoring threats.
The score remained 14-6 late into the fourth quarter.
With just over five minutes remaining the Longhorns were on a nice drive until Kunze tried to force a ball to WR Brad Warnkin.
The pass was intercepted by Clearview’s Ryan Vargo and a few plays later RB Anthony Alston put the game away with a three-yard TD run to take a 22-6 lead.
Lutheran West scored once more to cut the lead to 22-12 but after failing to recover an onside kick, the game was over.
After it was all said and done Anderson once again went over the 200-yard rushing mark, this time going for 211 yards on 35 carries.
“Its pretty cool to put up big numbers like that but it would not be possible without my teammates,” Anderson said. “The O-line is playing spectacular right now, and Robert is coming into his own. I feel like we’re playing our best football right now and its exciting. Now we get prepared to finish strong.”
Clearview now sits at 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the PAC. They control their own destiny and have a chance at a playoff birth and a conference championship.
Next week they take on Brooklyn before finishing up the season against the Columbia Raiders.
Clearview 22, Lutheran West 12
Patriot Athletic Conference
Clearview (6-2, 5-1) 8 6 0 8 — 22
Lutherain West (2-6,1-5) 0 0 6 6 — 12
C — Anderson 2 run (conversion good)
C — Williams 35 pass from Engle (conversion failed)
LW — Masek 13 pass from Kunze (conversion faield)
C — Alston 3 run (conversion good)
LW — Ryan O’Conner 2 run (conversion failed)
First Downs — LW 14, Clearview 21
Yards Rushing — LW 75 (Hayes 42), C 275 (Anderson 211).
Yards Passing — LW 204, C 82.
Passes Att.-Comp.-Int — LW 27-15-1, C 12-8-1.
Fumbles-Lost — LW 1-1, C 1-0.
Penalties-Yards — LW 5-45, C 7-61.
Last Updated: 10/13/2012 12:41:34 PM EST