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Anderson County jumped to a quick 23-0 lead, then cruised to a 46-7 homecoming win over visiting Grant County on Friday night.
The Bearcats drove 70 yards on the game's opening series with Ethan Kelly going for the touchdown from three yards out. Kelly added an interception return for a touchdown, then after Steven Sims sacked Grant quarterback Nathan Davis for a safety, Seth Carmichael's 7-yard pass to Neal Wells made it 23-0 with 3:30 still to play in the first quarter.
Carmichael, who completed 13-of-16 passes for 181 yards, also threw scoring passes to Kelly and Spencer Ruggles.
Travis Phillips rumbled home from 13 yards and Ruggles added a second safety to close out the scoring. Ruggles led Anderson with eight tackles.
For the game, Anderson outgained Grant 376 yards to 76 and blocked two punts.Grant fell to 2-3.
“Coach told us that after that heart-breaking loss (to Henry County the week before), we had to be ready for the first snap,” Carmichael said.
“He told us don't underestimate them,” said Wells, who added an interception.
“He said we had to take them serious,” senior lineman Jake Gribbins said.
“I was just very pleased,” said Anderson coach Mark Peach. “It is better to be 1-0 in the district than 0-1. We took a big step in qualifying for the playoffs tonight.
“We celebrate tonight and go to work tomorrow.”
Anderson, now 3-2 on the year, will travel to Jeffersontown, also 3-2, for another district game next Friday. J-town dropped a 40-39 decision to South Oldham in two overtimes Friday night.
For a complete look at the Bearcats' win over Grant and a preview of the J-town game, see the Sept. 29 edition of The Anderson News.