The Redskins jumped out to a 19-7 halftime lead when senior Dylan Smith zipped a pass into the hands of senior Trevor Porta from 10 yards away just three ticks before the marching band took over.
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It was the last of three scores between both teams in less than a minute before the break.
With 1:11 left in the second quarter, Smith had plunged in from the one-yard line to put Anderson up 13-0.
However, Walnut answered back with a 93-yard kickoff return from Jonathan Mason with 56 seconds left. 53 seconds later, Smith struck Porta for the 12-point halftime advantage.
Walnut Hills had the only points of the second half in the fourth quarter when quarterback Roe Taylor scampered in from the two-yard line after long completions to Jarius Copeland and John French.
The Eagles tried an onside kick, but Anderson recovered and eventually ran the clock out behind the power running of Patrick Johnson.
Johnson accounted for the evening’s longest run when he broke loose late in the first quarter to score from 56 yards out.
Anderson goes to 1-3 and travels to Milford Friday. The Eagles are 2-2 and have a short drive to Withrow next.
Play of the game: Down 7-0, Walnut Hills fumbled at the Anderson one-yard line with 8:36 left in the second quarter. An Eagles touchdown could have changed the flow of the game.
Player of the game: Patrick Johnson, Anderson’s senior running back, had the 56-yard score and numerous tough runs at the end to drain the clock and seal the game for Anderson.
View from the sideline: Both teams were hoping to start their Eastern Cincinnati Conference slate with a win, so the loss would have been tough for either squad.
“We just killed ourselves in the first half,” Walnut Hills coach George Kontsis said. “We drove the ball to the one-yard line and fumbled. This is a devastating loss.”
As for Johnson who successfully pounded the rock for the Redskins, the locker room was a joyous one.
“Our linemen got some good blocks and Harrison Hill (fullback) led the way for me,” Johnson said. “A hole popped up and just like that I was gone for a touchdown. We were running the ball constantly and they couldn’t stop us. It was gain yards and gain yards. Smash-mouth football.”
Anderson 7-12-0-0 – 19
Walnut Hills 0-7-0-7 – 14
A: Johnson 56 yard run (Mathews kick)
A: Smith 1 yard run (kick missed)
W: Mason 93 yard kickoff return (Wilz kick)
A: Smith 10 yard pass to Porta (kick missed)
W: Taylor 2 yard run (Wilz kick)
Records: A 1-3 (1-0 ECC), WH 2-2 (0-1)