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Describing Anderson County's 42-7 rout of Henry County on Friday night as impressive would be inadequate.
The Bearcats ruined the previously unbeaten Wildcats' homecoming with a dominating performance no one outside the Anderson locker room could have envisioned.
The Bearcats piled up 511 yards of offense and limited Henry to 188. The Bearcats put 42 points up on a team that had been giving up just six a game, good enough for second in the state.
“I was worried about this game,” Anderson coach Mark Peach said. “We had an emotional game with Mercer County last week and have our first district game at Grant County next week. In between, we had Henry and they are a good football team.”
Jacob Russell completed 18 of 21 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Grant Cox caught six passes for 121 yards and three scores.
“It took us about three games but we are getting things together now,” Russell said.
Anderson also got a huge boost from Ben Walker, who gained 151 yards on the ground and turned the game with a 55-yard kickoff return after Henry had taken a 7-0 lead on its first possession. Anderson's Dusty Combs scored to cap the short drive and then Anderson exploded for 21 second quarter points to go up 28-7 at the break.
In the game, Anderson had two drives of 98 yards and another of 91. The Bearcats came up with a big fourth down stand at the Anderson three to stop a Henry drive that could have brought the Wildcats within 14.
“I was proud of the way the kids responded when Henry scored and we came right back to score,” Peach said. “Stopping them on fourth down was huge.”
Anderson improved to 4-0 with Grant on the horizon next week. Henry fell to 3-1.
"They are a lot better than they showed tonight," Russell said.
For a complete report, see the Sept 23 editon of The Anderson News.