By Drew Terhall
NEW PARIS — After a tight halftime game, Ansonia High School Football pushed the pedal to the metal and ran all over the National Trail, 44-17, on the road.
Head coach Adam Hall said the team made mistakes in the first half that were corrected in the second half.
“Our line fired the ball, the backs were running really hard in the second half. It wasn’t always pretty, it was sometimes a bit ugly. But, we gained meters. This is Ansonia football,” Hall said.
Both teams love to run the ball. So naturally, both teams scored in the air on their first possession.
The Blazers scored on a 29-yard passing game. The Tigers scored on a pass from Ian Schmitmeyer to Trendon Spence for a 50+ yard touchdown play.
Spence added an interception to his stat sheet in the first half. This helped set up a 5-yard touchdown run from Keegen Weiss.
National Trail added a 26-yard field goal before halftime to trail Ansonia 16-10.
Then Ansonia took over. They roamed the pitch on their second-half possession as Exzaviar Moody scored from two yards out.
After National Trail went over the bettors’ heads on the next possession, Ansonia was in the red zone on the 19-yard line.
Moody added another 2-yard touchdown to his stat sheet and gave Ansonia a 30-10 lead.
The Blazers would respond with a 35-yard touchdown pass. Hall said they had to give up some games in the air to bottle up their running game.
“They have a ton of good running backs. They are very fast. We’ve seen them on film crews everywhere,” Hall said. “We were determined not to let that happen tonight.”
Weiss then added two more rushing touchdowns to give Ansonia their comfortable victory. One of his standout drives came after running for a 40-yard gain on fourth down as a punter. Without anyone watching, he took off deep in his own territory to get into midfield.
The victory takes Ansonia to 6-1 this season and they remain one of the best teams in the WOAC. Hall said while his team isn’t lacking in motivation, this win will help them be more motivated for the next road to the playoffs.
“It was good for our guys to come out and win against a good team. It gives us extra motivation down the stretch,” Hall said.
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