Sanders leads Maize to win over Andover

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 11:44 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Joshua Sanders needed just one touch to make his impact felt for the Maize Eagles.

The transfer from Wichita Heights fielded the opening kickoff, worked in a fake-reverse and and nothing but turf in front of him in taking it to the house, 97 yards for a score that Maize never looked back on.

Maize senior Josh Sanders reaches the endzone during the game against Andover at Maize on...
Maize senior Josh Sanders reaches the endzone during the game against Andover at Maize on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (SELENA FAVELA | Selena Favela)

Sanders would continue the hot streak, scoring twice in the second half of a 20-6 win over Andover to open the 2020 season, spoiling new Trojan coach Ken Dusenbury’s debut. But the Trojans, coming off back-to-back 3 win seasons put up a fight for the first 30 minutes.

Using a style of play Garden Plain fans became accustomed to seeing under Dusenbury’s leadership, Andover answered the opening Sanders score with an 81 yard drive of their own, all 81 of those yards coming on the ground. Max Middleton, stepping in as starting running back with the graduation of Peyton Henry, broke off a 30 yard rush before closing the drive with a 2 yard score.

From there the defenses took over, trading sacks but not turnovers as the remainder of the half went scoreless for a 7-6 halftime score.

The score remained for the rest of the third before Sanders added touchdown number two early in the 4th.

Late in the game Andover quarterback Brady Strausz, making his first varsity start, was hit late after making a throw and had to be taken away on an ambulance. No other details were known at the time of publication.

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