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Andover taps into ground game, rolls Heights

Andover keeps with the ground game against Heights
Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 11:34 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Entering a matchup against the Heights Falcons, the Andover Trojans had outscored their last three opponents 88-19, coming away with no losses over the span. The Trojans were able to add on to their win streak after a 49-7 win over the Falcons.

Andover dominated the run game in the first half of the game, scoring each of its points in the rushing attack. Quarterback Brady Strausz sparked the early gains with a 30-yard scamper to move the Trojans into the red zone. Strausz would finish the same drive running in, virtually untouched, for a touchdown. QB1 for the Trojans would have three rushing scores in the first half, alone.

Max Middleton also paced the Andover ground game, calling for multiple defenders before falling to the ground on many runs. Middleton too found his way in for a touchdown, snaking through would be tacklers for his lone score in the first two frames of play.

Heights, in the first year in a spread offense, tried to establish the run game with John Randle Jr. but the Andover defense seemed to snuff out each attempt on the ground or in screen plays. Matt Rudy was involved in several stops in the Falcon backfield to help Andover’s effort. Heights’ only score of the night came through the air when DJ Dingle found a streaking Chase Harris in the second quarter of the game. Heights receiver Adrian Patterson served as a reliable target in the Heights offense in the air and on the ground.

The Trojans dominated in all facets of the game, even coming away with a blocked punt on special teams that lead to the Middleton score.

Andover improves to 4-1 on the season while Heights falls to 3-2. The Trojans are back in a week against Valley Center while the Falcons take on Wichita South.

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