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Western Reserve Pioneers slam Open Door Patriots
Open Door was able to keep it close early, but three touchdowns in an eight-minute span of the second quarter helped Western Reserve pull away for a 46-12 non-conference win over the Patriots.
“I challenged my team to get better throughout the week and they came out prepared to play today,” Western Reserve head coach Jeff Hildebrand said. “I wanted them to focus on what we can do better as a team, not so much on the opponent and my guys responded well.”
Western Reserve jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when sophomore running back Kendall Anderson took a screen pass 52 yards for a touchdown.
Open Door wasted little time responding following the Pioneers scoring drive.
After failing to score last week in their first ever varsity football game, the Patriots got on the board for the first time ever in grand fashion.
Down 7-0 midway through the first, Open Door quarterback Dan Stintsman threw a deep pass down the sideline to a streaking Tyler Haas who had gotten passed his defender.
The pass was a little under-thrown but Haas was able to come back and get it then race to the end zone for a 56-yard touchdown.
“Our kids work so hard every day in practice, It was nice to see them have a little success out there despite the loss,” Open Door head coach Ray Lowe said. It shows we have definitely made strides from just a week ago.”
The game remained close, but it wasn’t until the seven minute mark in the second quarter that Western Reserve started to pull away.
Pioneers quarterback Justin Cook got things started with a 5-yard touchdown scamper to give his team a 13-6 lead.
A few plays later, Western Reserve’s Colt Roe picked off Stintsman and his 35-yard return set the Pioneers up with great field position.
After a couple of running plays by Maison Cunningham, Roe finished what he started with a 14-yard touchdown run.
Western Reserve’s rushing attack was dominant all game long. They had a total of 289 rushing yards and had two players rush for over 100.
“It starts up front with our linemen who are getting better every day, and we have three really good running backs,” Hilderbrand said. “The running backs I have could basically play on any high school football team around. We’re very blessed with a great backfield.”
In the second half, Anderson put the game away with a 95-yard touchdown run that put his team up 34-6.
“My first thought, I didn’t think there was much there,” Anderson said. “Then I got through my first block and I realized there was nothing but green. I just put on my track shoes from there.”
Open Door never gave up however.
They battled hard the rest of the game and scored their second ever touchdown when Stintsman punched it in from three yards out late in the third quarter.
“Obviously with the low number of players and this being our first year, we’re kind of behind the eight-ball,” Lowe said. “My guys never gave up though, and I am so proud of them for that. They represent this school well.”
Anderson finished the game with 124 rushing yards and a TD on just six carries. He also added two catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Roe and Cunningham also had two touchdowns each for Western Reserve.
The Pioneers improves to 1-1 on the year while Open Door drops to 0-2.
Last Updated: 9/7/2013 11:18:27 PM EST