Second half explosion lifts Bearcats in district opener

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By John Herndon

Jacob Russell and Grant Cox connected on a 37-yard touchdown pass on Anderson County's first play of the game, but it was a second half explosion that lifted the Bearcats to a 58-21 win over visiting Grant County Friday night.

Russell, who completed 14 of 18 passes for 247 yards, teamed up with Cox for two more first half scores, then arced a throw over the Grant defense to Dustin Combs on Anderson's first series of the second half that put the Bearcats up 37-21 and started the second half blitz.

Cox hauled in four catches for 78 yards. His three scores were a personal best for his high school career.

Combs later returned a blocked punt for the score that effectively sealed Anderson's first district win of the year.

Anderson raced to a quick 14-0 lead but saw Grant rally to take a 21-17 advantage early in the second quarter.

The Bearcats, now 3-0, return to action Friday, Sept. 19 with another district contest at unbeaten Jeffersontown.

For a complete look at Bearcat football, see the Sept. 17 edition of The Anderson News.