Anadarko bounces back, topples Elgin
ANADARKO - After suffering an agonizing one-point loss on the road to Clinton last week in which Anadarko head coach Kent Jackson was tossed in the final seconds for defending his players the Warriors had to make a choice.
They could either feel sorry for themselves or bounce back without their coach on the sidelines.
Anadarko chose the latter which was a dominant response made Friday night by defeating rival Elgin, 36-21, behind a relentless rushing attack that ran for 439 yards.
"The players were talking all week about having coach Jackson's back because he had their backs at Clinton," Anadarko assistant coach Chris Paddlety said. "So all week it was that team mentality everyone having each other's backs."
Running back Kyle White led the charge for Anadarko with 24 carried for 216 yards and a touchdown including a 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give 'Darko a commanding 30-13 lead.
"I couldn't have done what I did without my offensive line," White said. "I'm just glad I get to run with these boys. They are a great group and I'm happy to be with them."
It was all tailbacks, not just White, who had success. AJ Davis had 15 carries for 87 yards. Cash Novotny had four carries for 35 yards Cash Novotny had four carries for 35 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Damon Teart ran for 88 yards as well.
"The o-line's motto this year is 'mean and nasty.' They want to run between the tackles, rack up knock downs and pancakes," Paddlety said. "So we grade them on that. It doesn't matter who we put in the backfield. They want to open up holes for all of them."
Running back Lewis Shepherd had 26 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown for Elgin, but the offense could only muster big plays not sustain drives.
"It was hard to get in any rhythm offensively," Elgin head coach Curtis Lorah said. "They can cause us so much trouble with their size and physical play. We hit some big plays which helped us on the scoreboard, but that was it."
One of those came when Shepherd scampered outside and down the sideline on the first play of the second drive for a 80 yard touchdown run to give Elgin an early 7-0 lead.
"If he finds a crease, he has the breakaway speed to go to the house," Lorah said. "It's exciting for the guys and they rally behind him, but he's just one guy. He can't do it by himself."
Besides Shepherd's 80 yard run, 'Darko held him in check for just 58 yards on his other 26 carries.
"Gap control defense was preached," Paddlety said. "If everybody covers their gap, then we can plug up the holes. The adjustments made at halftime helped a bit with that."
'Darko scored 22 unanswered points to close the half and it did so by matching Elgin's big play. Novotny scored on a 22-yard touchdown run and then ran in the conversion with 2:10 in the first to give the Warriors an 8-7 lead.