Ansonia QB Ian Schmitmeyer rolls out to complete a touchdown pass in Tigers win over Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Ansonia earns WOAC win over Arcanum

The Ansonia Tigers stay undefeated on the 2022 season with win over Trojans

ANSONIA – The Ansonia Tigers got its first win to go 1-0 at the new “Coach Eugene Hoening Field” with a 53-6 victory or the visiting Arcanum Tigers staying perfect on the season with a 4-0 mark.

“Very proud of the guys – came out and played extremely hard the entire game” Ansonia coach, Adam Hall said following the win. “We had some execution problems but for the most part we played well, we practiced well this week. We have a great group of guys and it showed tonight.”

The two WOAC team defenses controlled the opening eight minutes of the game before the Tigers offense lite up the night scoring 46-unanswered points before Arcanum would dent the board with 9:33 showing on the fourth quarter clock to trail 46-6 and a running clock in play.

“Give credit to Arcanum,” Hall said. “They came in ready to play, they played hard the whole way. They really committed to make us get out of what we wanted to do there for a while.”

Ansonia got on the board at 2:46 in the first with a 35-yard Exzaviar Moody TD run and a Garrett Stammen 2-point conversion from Ian Schmitmeyer to lead 8-0.

The Tigers scoring continued with a 65-yard Kadyn Edwards TD run and a 2-point completed pass to Trendon Spence; 16-0.

A Schmitmeyer toss to Keegan Weiss set up an Exzaviar Moody 22-yard TD pass reception at 5:59 in the second and a 2-point pass to Weis; 24-0.

“We were able to get outside a little bit,” Hall noted. “We were able to throw it a little bit and open up and do a little more than what we had so far this year.” 

A 36-yard Kadyn Edwards TD pass interception at 4:54 in the second period and a completed 2-point pass to Trevor Hemmerich; 32-0.

The Ansonia defense had Arcanum backed up on at the 1-foot line setting up a safety giving the Tigers a 34-0 advantage with 1:21 on the second quarter clock.

Ansonia had one more score to close out first half action with a 30-yard Schmitmeyer TD pass to Trendon Spence. A failed 2-point pass attempt sent the teams to the break with Ansonia leading 40-0 and a running clock for second half play.

Garrett Stammen gave Arcanum a 46-0 lead with a 5-yard touchdown at 5:28 in the third bringing wholesale Ansonia substitution midway through the third quarter of action.

“We were able to get some of the young guys in late which is good for them anytime they get to play some football,” said Hall.

Arcanum got its lone score of the night with Garrett Garno scoring on a 10-yard run. With the 2-point conversion attempt stopped, the score stood at 46-6.

Ansonia had one more score to log with Brayden Drees crossing the goal line on a 13-yard run at 5:38 in the fourth. Kaeden Waymire split the uprights on the PAT kick for a final 53-6 Ansonia conference win.

“Xavier (Moody) and Ian (Schmitmeyer) are our captains,” Hall stated. “They do everything right, they’re hard workers and you just can’t say enough good things about them.”

“We got a very good performance from our quarterback Ian Schmitmeyer,” Hall continued. “He threw it as well as he’s thrown it probably ever. He runs the offense very well, he’s a great leader, he’s a great kid.”

“Xavier Moody had a heck of a night again running the ball. Xavier Moody is a very good football player.”

“Anytime we have success running or success offensively, it’s the big guys up front and this week our center Levi Gasper played very well and they all did – Jason Stover, Eyan Hackler, Levi Gasper Jared Schmitmeyer, and Landen Hyatt did a great job,” added Hall. “Our ends and extra linemen blocked very well, they blocked downfield … a testament to all them. Hemmerich, Reichert, Edwards and Garrett. At times they all do their part and they do it well.”

Ansonia travels to New Madison for a Friday night hookup with the Tri-Village Patriots owners of a 3-1 overall record and 2-1 in conference play.

“We have a tough one next week with Tri-Village,” Coach Hall stated. “We know Tri-Village is a very good team. It will be a challenge for us and we have to prepare. We have to bring our “A” game and be ready to go next week.”

Trendon Spence rushes for an Ansonia touchdown in the Tigers' Friday night home win. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Ansonia offensive line gets set in the Tigers WOAC win over Arcanum. Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum quarterback Garrett Garno picks up yards in the Trojans Friday night road game at Ansonia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Exzaviar Moody breaks loose for an Ansonia touchdown in the team's home win over Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Brayden Drees rambles for a fourth quarter Ansonia score in the Tigers home win. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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