PENDLETON, Ind. — Two meetings on the football field against Anderson, two wins for Pendleton Heights.
The Arabians stayed unbeaten in two tries against the Indians and on the season with a 44-21 win on Friday.
PH senior Jon Furrow accounted for all but six of the Arabians’ points.
The one score not from the fullback was on a Kurt Talbert touchdown reception from Jesse Furrow on a play that covered 76 yards to open the scoring.
Four of Jon Furrow’s five touchdowns came on runs under 10 yards.
Three of the scores were set up by long punt returns by the Arabians.
“Chandler Wilson did a nice job returning punts,” PH coach John Broughton said. “They set up our offense in really good field position.”
The young offensive line of the Arabians also earned praise after clearing the way for 210 rushing yards — 129 of it by Jon Furrow — and 127 yards via the passing game.
After a 42-13 win at Muncie Central in Week 1, Broughton gave his offensive line a “C-” for a grade. After the Anderson game ...
“They’re up to a C+,” Broughton said. “We’re getting better, but we’re going to have to be a lot better next week.”
“They controlled the line of scrimmage,” Anderson coach Randy Albano said. “They were the better team tonight. They were much better fundamentally.”
Pendleton Heights opens Hoosier Heritage Conference play next week as defending league champion New Palestine comes to Pendleton for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The edict from Anderson head coach Randy Albano to his Indians was that they had to cut down on the mental mistakes if they wanted to have a chance to win the game.
The Arabians did their part to win the game.
The Indians were unable to eliminate the miscues as the game wore on.
Anderson had 10 penalties against them, their lowest sequence came on their first possession of the second half.
With Pendleton Heights leading 44-7 late in the third quarter, the Indians were called for three penalties in their first three plays of the series.
They were penalized 12 yards because of those three flags, but those markers negated 98 yards of total offense.
“Any big play we got was called back, and that hurt us,” Albano said. “We’re trying to preach that to the kids, the football discipline. On the positive side, I thought our kids played hard all night. We just have a problem being fast between the whistles. Between the whistles we played very hard. Before and after we were very nonchalant.”
Jerian Beard rushed 17 times for 57 yards.
Ty Welch scored a late touchdown for Anderson on a 51-yard run.
Curtis Wilson completed 12 of 24 passes for 81 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
“It wasn’t a good night. They outplayed us. We struggled,” Albano said. “They were a better football team tonight, no question.”