WEST LIBERTY - It had been two weeks since the Anamosa fr/so football team had seen action in an actual game, and the team was more than ready to get on the field Thursday, Oct. 8, at West Liberty.
Fans could immediately tell the Raiders were glad to be back.
“After having two weeks of quarantine, the boys were finally able to hit the field and they were on point,” said Raider fr/so football coach Wayne Hora, as Anamosa rolled to a 30-12 triumph over the Comets.
“We were finally able to get back to practice on Tuesday and had two really good solid days to prepare for West Liberty. It was a little different as we didn’t have film to study, along with not having the time to put in a true game plan, but the boys understood we just had to show up and do the things we know how to do really well, and they did.”
Anamosa (2-3) recorded a safety to get the scoring started then followed with two second quarter touchdowns, the first coming when Caleb Bowser picked off a Comet pass and raced into the end zone. The Raiders led 15-0 at the half.
Anamosa added two long pass plays for scores covering 43 and 27 yards before Kale Nebergall found the end zone in the fourth quarter thanks to a long 50-yard scamper.
“This was a very clean game for us, especially for being away from practices and games for two weeks,” Hora said. “We had one mishap on the opening drive, but after that they settled in and played pretty darned good ball. It was one of those nights that almost everything in the playbook was working and that really opened it up for Coach Erps to be able to use the whole thing and do his thing.”
The Raiders tallied 206 yards of total offense in the contest including 162 through the air as Devin Brophy, Carter Kuehl, Bowser and Jay Gatto all completed passes.
“In the third quarter it took a little bit to get rolling again on the offensive side, but the defense played so well that it didn’t really put any pressure on us,” Hora said. “We were still able to run the ball and pick when we wanted to throw it, so we never became predictable.”
Anamosa’s two fourth quarter touchdowns allowed the team to blow the game open.
“I was really happy with how the boys finished the game,” Hora said. “We always preach ‘finish’ and it was great to see them do that. With everything these young men have had to go through this year, they really needed that ‘w’ and it was great to be able to help lead them to that finish line.”
Nebergall led the defense coming through with six tackles while Easton Wheeler added five more. Grant Lubben chipped in with four tackles.