GARNETT – With the game moved up due to severe weather, Anderson County wasted no time in picking up their first district win over Iola on Friday night by a score of 35-6. Bo Dilliner once again made his presence felt with 4 touchdowns. He was also 2 of 6 with 26 yards passing.
“We played a great game last Friday. Our ability to stop the run and run the ball allowed for a very good game on both sides of the ball. All week we committed practice to stop the run after our performance against Sant Fe Trail. Our kids had the best week of practice I’ve seen while I’ve been here and really bought into one another. We talked about putting a solid week together then showcasing their ability when it was game time. Even with an early start Friday the showed up and won in all three phases of the game.”
While Dilliner and the offense get credit on the scoreboard, the defense also made their presence felt. Dilliner recorded an interception, Bronson Sparks and Jayden Jarrett both had fumble recoveries and Justin Stifter picked up a loose ball on defense for an 15 yard return for a touchdown..
“Our kids on defense played one of the most complete games they have played in awhile and it had everything to do with how the prepared. Defense is going to be our focus for the rest of the year. Our ability to stop the run will lead to our team success,” said Pegram.
Iola got on the scoreboard late with a touchdown with a running clock.
“Next week we host a very good Girard team that runs the ball and can spread it out if they need too. We need to have another good week to keep the momentum from this week going. Our kid’s ability to put this week behind them and turn the page to Girard will show where we are at this year. This game will go along way into getting a leg up on the district.”
Santa Fe Trail and Topeka Hayden had their game shortened due to severe weather, with Hayden winning 36-6.
Iola will host Osawatomie on Friday night.