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ANDERSON TWP., Ohio – Harrison senior quarterback Jake Weber ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more as the Wildcats rolled to a 45-13 victory over Anderson at Brown Stadium on Friday.
“We’re blessed to have Jake – he’s a three year starter,” Harrison coach Kent McCullough said. “When you have a dual threat like that as a defensive coordinator you have a lot to worry about.”
Weber threw for 172 yards while running for another 81 yards to go along with the scores, and he also helped the Wildcats hold the football for 28:46.
While Harrison (3-0) ended up cruising to the win over the Redskins, there was a time when this game looked like it could be a back-and-forth battle. Anderson (0-3) drove the ball into Wildcats territory on its opening possession looking to answer Harrison’s opening score, but the drive stalled out after a big sack from junior linebacker Mason Brunner.
“Definitely a momentum changer, but I couldn’t have done it without the other players in there,” Brunner said.
While it took a tough opening drive that involved two fourth down conversions to get Harrison on the board, it took the Wildcats only one play to add the second score of the game when junior running back Alex Anderson went 67 yards for the Wildcats touchdown that really opened up the game.
“It was big,” McCullough said. “It was great run play up front where the offensive line did a great job. I think the thing that was great about it was how we handled the momentum of them gaining confidence but we got back to it.”
After Harrison got up 17-0 the Redskins were finally able to answer with a 34-yard touchdown run from senior Austin Fucito, but just as quick as Anderson scored, the Wildcats were able to get that touchdown back.
With the second quarter coming to a close, Jake Weber threw one of his two touchdown passes to junior wide receiver Mitchell Hogue to get the 17 point advantage back at 24-7.
The Redskins would try to answer again before halftime and almost did so with limited time but would see the second quarter come to a close with the ball inside the 10 yard line.
“That was huge,” Brunner said. “It would have been a game changer if they would have scored before halftime.”
The Wildcats opened the second half with another touchdown stretching their lead to 31-7 and from there they would coast to the victory.
Harrison won the game with its running attack, racking up 269 yards on the ground, and it was also able to convert all four of its fourth down conversions keeping scoring drives alive.
Up next for Harrison is Little Miami (0-2) as the two schools look to open conference play.
Anderson will look for it’s first win of the year when they go on the road to battle Walnut Hills (0-3).
James Adams was a member of the 1993-94 Kentucky Class 3A state championship team at CovCath. He has been covering local prep sports on radio and TV for the past decade and is currently the play-by-play voice for Thomas More College. He is entering his second season as a featured analyst with TriStateFootball.com If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.