Ansonia Advances With Big Win Over Mechanicsburg

We have great kids - they worked hard all year long ... Ansonia Coach Adam Hall

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Keegen Weiss carries for Ansonia in the Tigers' playoff win over Mechanicsburg. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

ANSONIA – The Ansonia Tigers defeated the Mechanicsburg Indians 34-8 in OHSAA D-VII, Region 28 second-round playoff to earn the program’s first 12-win season and advance in playoff action.

 

“Our guys played great,” said Ansonia coach, Adam Hall. “We had a lot of guys go down – we had a lot of young guys step up.”

Garrett Stammen carries for Ansonia yardage in team’s OHSAA playoff win over Mechanicsburg. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We have great kids, they worked hard all year long,” Hall added. “I know I say it every week but it’s true. We’ve never had a team here win 12 games in a season – couldn’t happen to a better group.”

Zane Henderson picks up a big gain for Ansonia in win over Mechanicsburg Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Tigers took advantage of a 69-yard drive with Zane Henderson carrying from 5 yards out to give Ansonia a 6-0 lead at 5:46 in the opening quarter.

The home-standing Tigers put together a 78-yard scoring drive with Keegen Weiss punching the ball in from one yard out and Nick Burns using a quarterback keeper good for a 2-point conversion run giving Ansonia a 14-0 lead with 9:32 showing on the second quarter clock.

Ansonia moved out to a 22-0 score at 4:49 in the second with Weiss crossing the goal line on a 3-yard TD run and scoring on the 2-point conversion.

Weiss scored his third consecutive first-half touchdown at 2:52 in the second to extend the Tigers’ lead to 28-0. Mechanicsburg answered with a touchdown with 0:43 remaining on the second quarter board and made good on its 2-point conversion sending the teams to the break with Ansonia sporting a 28-8 advantage.

Ansonia defense shuts out Mechanicsburg in second half playoff win. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The round two second-half playoff game had one lone score as the team’s defenses dominated play. Burns called his own number scoring from 20-yards out at 7:02 in the fourth advancing Ansonia in playoff action with a 34-8 win.

Ansonia quarterback Nick Burns carries for a 20-yard second-half touchdown in Ansonia playoff win over Mechanicsburg. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We’ve had some injuries coming into this,” Coach Hall noted. “Can’t say enough about all of our guys who were ready to play.”

“Mechanicsburg is a good football team,” added Hall. “To beat them period is a win…to beat them without some of our guys the way we did is a testament to how hard our guys work.”

Ansonia coach, Adam Hall watches his Tigers defeat Mechanicsburg in second round OHSAA football playoff game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Tigers had a total of 455 yards including 441 rushing yards on 65 attempts and 14 passing yards going 1-2 through the air.

Ansonia will take on the St. Henry Redskins, Friday, November 10 in third-round play at Piqua High School with a 7 p.m. start time.