Anthrop, CC grind out state title

Anthrop, CC grind out state title

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Anthrop, CC grind out state title

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Central Catholic's Jackson Anthrop with a carry against Linton-Stockton in the Class A state finals Friday, November 27, 2015, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Central Catholic defeated Linton-Stockton 34-7.

Central Catholic’s Jackson Anthrop with a carry against Linton-Stockton in the Class A state finals Friday, November 27, 2015, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Central Catholic defeated Linton-Stockton 34-7.

INDIANAPOLIS Jackson Anthrop spent his Central Catholic football career producing big plays and numerous touchdowns.

During Friday’s 34-7 victory over Linton-Stockton, Anthrop took another route, which ultimately paved the way for the Knights to claim another Class A state championship at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The senior carried 32 times for 149 yards and didn’t score a touchdown for the first time this season. No big deal when it comes to the end result.

“It’s a team game. You’ve got to do whatever you can and when something else isn’t working you go to the next thing,” Anthrop said.

Anthrop produced results, but not in the big-play fashion everyone is accustomed to seeing. Instead, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior picked up enough yardage behind a talented offensive line to keep the Knights moving. His longest run was 14 yards.

“It was a hard-nose football game you dream about playing in, going up against a team that hits you in the mouth and you give it right back to them and you help each other up and go back at on the next play,” Anthrop said.

But it was strange not seeing Anthrop gallop into the end zone.

“It’s a little bit different but he’s fine with it,” senior receiver Luke Fusiek said.

Central Catholic football wins Class A state title

As expected, the Miners focused their defensive attention on stopping Anthrop. It’s a common strategy, but the execution is difficult because most teams on CC’s schedule can’t match Anthrop’s athletic skills and overall talent.

The Knights struck with big plays in the passing game. Quarterback Avery Denhart hit Fusiek on a 63-yard touchdown pass on the team’s fifth offensive play. Denhart and Fusiek connected again on a 36-yard strike, setting up CC’s second touchdown.

“We needed to slow him down but we gave up big plays in the passing game,” Linton coach Brian Oliver said. “You can only slow him down so long and their front line really wore us down.”

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Brandon Yeagy benefited from Anthrop and the offense moving the ball into position to score. The senior had rushing touchdowns of 3, 1 and 4 yards.

“They were keying on him the whole time,” Yeagy said. “If they stop Jackson, that’s a big part of our offense. He gained his yards, even made a long catch, so he made his share of plays.”

Coming into the state championship game, Anthrop had already surpassed the 2,000-yard rushing mark. He didn’t play after halftime in a lot of games because the Knights had a comfortable lead, but still produced results.

Anthrop even caught a 27-yard fourth-quarter pass, creating another chance for Yeagy to reach the end zone.

“We had a couple of plays in our hip pocket to use him as a decoy,” CC coach Kevin O’Shea said. “The one we were trying to use a decoy, he ends up being the one to catch it. Jackson Anthrop had a great career. I’m going to miss having the Anthrops. I told Jade, Dru and those guys, ‘Hey, let’s get busy.’ ”

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