Largo (4-2, 4-1) posted its fourth straight win on Saturday, downing Fairmont Heights, 30-6. The Lions will now face two straight opponents near the top of the league standings on the road, traveling to Potomac (Md.) and then Gwynn Park.
Howard silences Long Reach
There was a lot of trash talk before Howard’s game Friday night at nearby Long Reach. Players traded barbs online during the week and boos rained down on the visiting Lions before kickoff. Howard running back Michael Anderson was sick of it.
“All that did was make me mad,” the senior said. “I was ready for the game to start and I was ready to go off on them.”
Anderson spent the next 48 minutes silencing the Long Reach crowd, rushing for 286 yards on 18 carries and scoring five touchdowns in Howard’s 62-29 win. He scored his first two touchdowns on runs of 50 and 30 yards, respectively, before reeling in his third score of the night just before halftime on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Austin Blair. The senior finished the game averaging just under 16 yards per carry.
“As the night went on, I just kept saying that my goal was to score on every play, because like I said, the hole was always there,” he said. “Even the wide receivers were making big blocks. Everything was just working out well for me playing.”
Anderson’s big night was a high point in what has already been a dominant season. His five touchdowns against Long Reach raised his season touchdown total through six games to 18. No opponent has held him to fewer than 100 yards, and he has scored at least twice in every game while averaging nearly nine yards per carry on the season.
Both Anderson and his coach, Bruce Strunk, credited Howard’s offensive line for much of the running back’s success. With a group of linemen that average 250 pounds paving the way, Anderson continually had big holes to run through.
“I think Michael, he ran exceptionally hard. He’s got good vision, so he can cut on a dime and get to the opening,” Strunk said. “Number two, our offensive line was dominating. There were some times when every play, their line was being pushed back five yards. Our line did a great job, and Long reach is a very good defense.”