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UPDATED Friday, Nov. 7, 11:25 p.m.
Western Hills ruined Anderson County's Senior Night with a 32-13 romp past the uninspired Bearcats Friday night.
“We didn't show up,” said Anderson coach Mark Peach. “I am embarrassed.”
Western Hills repeatedly made the plays it needed to while Anderson dropped passes -- “Too many to count,” Peach said – missed tackles and stopped promising drives with penalties.
“I take the blame, 110 percent,” Peach said. “The fault comes back to me. This was our worst performance since 2005.
Western Hills coach Don Miller, a former Bearcat who lives in Anderson County was ecstatic over his first win over his alma mater as a head coach. “It was pretty nice to come over here and get this win,” he said. “(Anderson) has a great team and should advance in the playoffs.”
Anderson appeared to be coming back from a two-game losing streak when the Bearcats jumped in front 7-0 on a 39-yard pass from Jacob Russell to B.J. Robinson.
But midway through the second quarter, Western Hills quarterback Dylan Curry threw a strike to Cam Lee, who raced 49 yards for the touchdown. The Wolverines went ahead for good when Curry hit Justin Wright for the 2-point conversion on what had been a busted play.
Curry and Lee hooked up for another touchdown pass then after the Bearcats fumbled a reverse attempt on the ensuing kickoff, Lee connected on a 39-yard field goal that put Western Hills in control.
Anderson scored on its first possession of the second half, a pass from Russell to Grant Cox, giving Russell 20 touchdown passes on the year.
But Western Hills made the plays down the stretch, dominating the fourth quarter to secure the school's first winning season since 2000. The Wolverines outgained Anderson with 324 yards total offense to the Bearcats' 263.
Both teams finished the regular season at 6-4 and advance to the state playoffs, beginning Friday, Nov. 14. Western Hills will travel to Elizabethtown while Anderson hosts Louisville Iroquois.
For complete coverage of the Bearcats and Wolverines and a playoff preview, see the Nov. 12 edition of The Anderson News.