Andover and Maize battle before lightning delay
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Andover and Maize set the tone as one of the many exciting matchups to start the 2021 season.
Both offenses were riddled with turnovers in the early goings of the game, trading fumbles that likely left points off the board. Once the turnover battle was settled, the Andover offense took to the air to try and conquer the Eagles pressure.
Andover Quarterback Brady Strausz looked comfortable commanding the Trojan attack, buying time with his feet while looking for the open man. His favorite target on the night, Tayton Klein seemed to be poised to break off a big play every time he touched the ball, including the first Andover touchdown.
Maize took longer than expected to get the wheels turning on offense but found points on its first drive with a field goal from Cole Seagraves.
Junior Quarterback Avery Johnson saw consistent pressure from the Andover front, some plays resulting Johnson opting for short gains on the ground, while some ended in sacks. Johnson looked was in control of the field leading the Eagles to their first touchdown of the night driving the field using roughly 45 seconds of game clock in a two-minute situation. Johnson would end the drive with a short pass across the middle to Justin Stephens, who muscled his way into the end zone.
Any questions surrounding the Maize running game after the departure of running back Josh Sanders may have been answered, thanks to a solid performance from Deshaun Carter. Each time he touched the ball the junior demanded the attention of multiple defenders before going down.
The Trojan stable also featured a steady dose of ground and pound football featuring Chandler Goodnight and Max Middleton, each barreling over defenders earning the extra yard.
Each defense was able to walk away with its share of takeaways. Christian Snipes recovered a first half fumble for the Trojans while McKinley Joynes and Cody Hughbanks each registered a turnover for Maize.
Special Teams was an area the Eagles had won in to open the second half as Jaeden Martin returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
The game would see an extended delay due to lightning in the middle of the third quarter before ultimately being postponed until Saturday.
Game is delayed, story will be updated with final score.
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