Looking to resurrect its season after a 2-3 start and the loss of running back Nate Slagel for a second consecutive year, Loveland defeated Anderson convincingly Friday, 49-13.
The Tigers marched downfield in less than two minutes to start the game with sophomore Luke Waddell finding daylight as the sun set from 19 yards away.
Anderson responded with their own drive and tied the contest 7-7 when junior quarterback Dylan Smith hit senior Austin Fucito from five yards out.
From there, the Loveland defense stepped up and gave the offense several possessions the Tiger offense was able to turn into points.
Junior quarterback Drew Plitt found the end zone himself and also hooked up with senior Bronson Lakes. The elusive Waddell also got his cleats over the goal line again before the half for a 28-7 lead.
While Loveland succeeds in running the Wing-T, the ability of Plitt to consistently find lanky senior Giovanni Ricci for big gains opened up many options.
“We’ve got weapons across the field, it’s just simple football,” Tigers coach Fred Cranford. “They’re crazy coachable.”
Loveland scored on a sophomore Ryan Bagnoli run and a Plitt to Ricci 20-yard connection to end the third quarter at 42-7 and junior Sean Brison had the Tigers’ final score in the final stanza.
Anderson got on the board once more in the fourth quarter with Smith hitting junior Blake White from 16 yards out.
Both teams now stand at 2-1 in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. The 3-3 (overall) Tigers host Withrow Oct. 10 and have a favorable schedule to finish off the season.
Lasalle Lancers get ready for their football game against Moeller, Friday, Oct. 3.
“This gets us heading in the right direction,” Cranford said. “It feels good to get this win, take a deep breath and then buckle down and get ready for Withrow.”
Anderson is now 2-4 and will host arch-rival Turpin Oct. 10.
PLAY OF GAME: Drew Plitt completed the patented “Plitt flip” with a moderate degree of difficulty in scoring from the 5-yard line in the first quarter. He made a similar dive in the DII state semifinal game last November.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Receiver Giovanni Ricci was able to grab some propelled Plitt pigskins with his height advantage for long gains to get the Tigers in the red zone and for a tally himself in the third quarter.
Loveland – 14 14 14 7
Anderson – 7 0 0 6
L- Waddell 22 yard run (Burig kick)
A- Smith 5 yard pass to Fucito (McClellan kick)
L- Plitt 5 yard run (Burig kick)
L- Plitt 9 yard pass to Bronson Lakes
L- Waddell 19 yard run (Burig kick)
L-Bagnoli 3 yard run (Burig kick)
L-Plitt 20 yards to Ricci (Burig kick)
A-Smith 16 yards to White (kick missed)
L-Brison 3 yard run (Burig kick)