ANAMOSA - Coming into a big Homecoming contest, a huge crowd was in place ready to watch their Raiders roll to a victory against a Camanche program that has historically struggled, but came into Downing Field Friday, Sept. 18, on a two-game winning streak.
The Indians quickly posted notice their streak would stretch to three, rolling to a 42-6 rout.
“Coming into the game our plan was to use our quick screen game and try and slow down their blitzing and downhill plays,” said Anamosa football coach Caleb Huss. “Their defense took that stuff away from us with their man coverage. Once they took that away, it made us rely on two things, our run game and throwing the ball down field. Unfortunately, we weren’t really able to do either.”
The Raiders (1-3) struggled with turnovers from the outset, as Camanche converted an interception on Anamosa’s opening drive and turned it into a touchdown two plays later.
A little over two-minutes into the game, Anamosa trailed 7-0, but it was just the beginning of a long night for the home team.
“Their blitzing and gap exchanging really messed with our blocking schemes and their pressure did not allow us to throw down field,” Huss said. “We have to give credit to Camanche, they played a really good all-around football game.”
On the Raiders’ third drive of the game, and still in the opening frame, the Indians picked off another pass and again turned the turnover into a touchdown leading 14-0 after one quarter of play.
Three of Anamosa’s first four drives of the game ended with interceptions before seven of the final eight drives ended with punts.
“Going forward, we have to learn from this,” Huss said. “Our district is extremely tough and we cannot take days off. Our week of preparation needs to be better, whether film sessions or an on-field practice.
“Our guys have responded well this year to adversity. We responded well after West Delaware and even rising to the challenge of playing a 4A school. We know we are a better football team than we showed Friday night and I know as competitive as this group is, that they will be excited to get back out onto the field, fix what we need to and get ready to play against a really talented Maquoketa team.”
Camanche stretched their lead to 21-0 at the half before two third quarter scores got the continuous clock started with 8:35 remaining in the frame as the visitors led 35-0.
Trailing 42-0, Anamosa scored on the final play of the game as back-up quarterback Devin Brophy hooked up with Justin Tjaden on a sensational 65-yard touchdown strike as time expired.
The Raider offense was able to manage 239 yards in the game, with 178 coming through the air as Grahm Humpal was 12-of-24 passing for 118 yards while he also led Anamosa’s 61-yard rushing attack coming through with 45 yards on nine carries.
Connor Andresen, Nathan Keating and Levi Ehresman were all busy defensively leading the hosts with eight tackles each.