Ansonia takes advantage of ground game to earn win over Twin Valley South
WEST ALEXANDRIA – The Ansonia Tigers came into West Alexandria with a two game losing skid, which had given them an overall losing record. Meanwhile the Twin Valley South Panthers had won their last game and were hoping to use that as leverage to improve their record in the second half of the season. Ansonia crushed these hopes and spoiled South’s homecoming as they dominated in all phases of the game to win 37-7. This gives Ansonia a winning record in the conference (3-2) and evens their overall record (3-3).
The Tiger offense was run oriented, but passed often enough to keep South from loading up the box. Their first drive in the second half was a case in point. The offense had a nice clock eating drive where they started on their own 10 yard line and played Tiger ball, marching the ball down the field. Then when South was focused on the run, Ian Schmitmyer threw a pass to Keegan Weiss that put the ball on the 8-yard line where Peyton Bean ran the ball in for a touchdown.
Coach Macy, “We got back to what we do. That’s the kind of ball that we want to do – run, run, run then take an opportunity to throw it. Our guys executed very well, I couldn’t be prouder.”
Peyton Beam ran well for the Tigers – he scored 3 rushing touchdowns on the night. He showed the ability to burst through the line, shed a tackler or two and then be off to the races. His first touchdown was a 70-yard run where he was buried in the line, then suddenly broke off tackle and outraced his pursuers to the end zone. His other touchdown was a 41-yard run. Ansonia’s last score was by Jared Schmitmyer who plunged across the goal line from 6-yards out.
“Peyton Beam is a senior captain. We moved him around a little bit in the backfield and put him behind the quarterback so that he could get running downhill. He’s big and fast, but was struggling running laterally. But when we made the move, he has flourished.”
The defense likewise acquitted itself well. They had several tackles for loss that put South in long yardage situations. The secondary then took advantage when South had to pass and got 3 interceptions.
Jackson Shellhaas, Nick Burns, and Landyn Bowman all picked off South passes.
“Our defensive staff put together a great game plan, and the team executed it. They played hard and got in the right spots, we didn’t make any mental mistakes and get beat deep. “
Ansonia was pitching a shutout until North ran back a kickoff in the last minute of the game. By that time Ansonia had placed their reserves into the game. But for the most part Ansonia special teams did a good job. There was one bad punt. But their quick kicks on 4th down were unreturnable. Coverage on the other kickoffs was spot on, the viscous open field tackling meant that South had to start in their own territory each time.
The Tigers are probably out of the hunt for the conference championship. But the Tigers are in the hunt for a good seed in the playoffs. So each game is still critical. Next week the Tigers will host the National Trail Blazers.
“Trail will be one of the top 2 physical teams we play this year, and one of the most well coached teams we will face this year. That in itself is a challenge. Coach Hoffman and Coach Carr will have them well prepared for Friday and we will have our hands full.”