Jay Volpenhein throws for 282 yards and runs for 110 against Troy.
CINCINNATI — A game billed as a possible shootout was for the home squad — but wasn’t for the visitors.
Cincinnati Anderson came out on fire and defeated the Troy Trojans 33-0 in a Div. II first round matchup.
It took Anderson barely three minutes into the game to score their first touchdown as quarterback Jay Volpenhein ran in from 10 yards out to give the Redskins a 6-0 lead after a missed PAT.
Two minutes later, Volpenhein used his legs again as he scampered 35 yards on the ground for his second touchdown of the night to increase Anderson’s lead to 12-0.
Later in the first quarter, Volpenhein used his arm by throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Austin Watt.Volpenhein also ran for a two-point conversion after the third touchdown.
“We want to put pressure on their defense, and our defense put us in great position to take advantage,” Volpenhein said. “In the offseason I worked on getting stronger, especially in my legs with leg presses. I did not want to have to throw as many passes tonight like last year’s game.”
The Trojans had a chance in the second quarter to make a game of it.
Anderson had a fourth-and-3 yards to go from the Trojan 8-yard line, and Troy’s defense stiffened and stopped the Redskins on fourth down.
The Trojans moved the ball well with good runs coming from running back Jaydon Culp-Bishop, but quarterback Sam Coleman threw an incomplete pass on fourth down, and Troy turned the ball over on downs. The Trojans drove from their own 8-yard line to Anderson’s 15 to no avail.
Chad Boyer came up with an interception in the end zone and Troy was in business again. Troy’s next drive drive stalled out, and the punt by Tucker Raskay was blocked.
Ethan Hamilton scored from two yards out, and Anderson was up 26-0.
Very early in the fourth quarter, Volpenhein found Austin Watt again wide open in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown pass reception to give the Redskins a commanding 33-0 lead.
Troy QB Brayden Siler got into the game as Sam Coleman was shaken up running the ball. He was effective running himself as he rushed three times for 11 yards and gathered a first down run.
Siler was 1-of-5 for 25 yards with Spencer Klopfenstein gathering that one pass for 25 and a first down. Coleman was 6 for 12 passing for 33 yards. Matt McGillvary caught four balls for 15 yards, and receiver Tucker Raskey caught one for 7 yards. Klopfenstein caught one from Coleman for 9 yards.
Sam Coleman had eight carries for 22 yards and Jaydon Culp-Bishop had a nice game with 25 carries for 123 yards.
Anderson QB Jay Volpenhein was 25-of-35 passing the ball for 282 yards and ran 12 times for 110 yards, running for two touchdowns while passing for two also.
“These seniors went 1-9 when they were freshman and turned around the program by winning 10 last year and 8 this season,” Troy coach Matt Burgbacher said. “They are a big part of Troy football. These guys never quit. Even tonight with being down by 33 in the fourth quarter, they never gave up. I can’t say enough good things about this group of guys. They are all outstanding.
“Anderson got out to a very good start on offense and we got behind and it forced our players to play defensive. Anderson’s defense was great tonight.”
Troy finished the 2017 season 8-3 and Anderson moves on to 10-1 and a match up with Winton Woods at a site to be determined. It will be announced Sunday afternoon by the OHSAA.