Anderson's 3 TDs propel Buffalo Grove over Wheeling
Buffalo Grove's Ayden Anderson just might be one of the best all-purpose players in the Northwest suburbs.
Anderson, who will be playing football as a receiver at Cornell University this fall scored 3 touchdowns in the Bison's 49-22 win at Wheeling Thursday night.
The win keeps Buffalo Grove in the hunt for the Mid-Suburban East title with a 3-0 record. Hersey and Prospect are coming up for the Bison.
"We ask him to do a lot for us," said Buffalo Grove coach Jeff Vlk of Anderson. "We challenge him to play different positions and he is always eager to learn and to do his best."
Anderson, who rushed for 113 yards on 9 carries, gave BG a 7-0 lead with 6 minutes left in the first quarter on a 7-yard run to cap a 43-yard, 5-play drive. Andrew Smith kicked the first of 7 extra points. Thomas Dierbach's fumble recovery set up the score.
"We know what to do as a team when we go out on the field," said Anderson. "Our offensive line did a good job for us today. Coach told me I had to step up this season, and that's what I've been able to do. I try to make the play when we need it."
Quarterback Ian Luyando gave the Bison a 14-0 lead on a 12-yard run to end a 5-play, 36-yard drive.
Junior running back Cole Nixon upped the score to 21-0 with a 15-yard TD run early in the second quarter.
Wheeling's talented quarterback Solomon Hudson triggered a Wildcat comeback dominating the rest of the quarter.
Hudson engineered a 65-yard, 14-play drive that produced a 3-yard pass to Nicholas Ornelas to cut the lead to 21-7.
Moments later the Wildcats (0-3) recovered a fumble on the BG 21.
Hudson, who completed 9 of 20 passes with 1 interception for 91 yards, connected with Joe Mitrol for 14 yards. Three plays later, on fourth down, Hudson found Joe Jordan on an 8-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-14.
Anderson gave the Bison the momentum back when he sprinted 52 yards on the first play after the second half kickoff for a 21-14 lead.
Luyando (7 of 9, 79 yard, 2 TDs) tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to his brother Andre with 3:03 left in the third quarter and a 35-14 lead.
Pasquale Dellaquila scored on a 13 yard run which was followed by Luyndo's 1 yard pass to Anderson to finish the Bison scoring.
Hudson scored on a 3-yard run and a 2-point conversion for Wheeling's final points.
"Hudson is a (heck of a) player," said Vlk. "We knew we had to try to contain him. He made a few plays on the rollouts."
The Bison defense, led by Trystan Anderson, Eli Shereshovech, Ryan Grossman, John Bucaro, Brian Oberman and Ayden Anderson held Wheeling to 127 yards rushing of which 35 came in the second half.
"We worked hard in practice to keep them from rolling outside and trapping them inside," said Trystan Anderson. "We fired out and stayed low. We came out hard in the second half and played good defense."
"We played well in the first half," said Wheeling coach Brian Hauck. "(BG) came out fast but we got some things going to get us back in the game. Hudson showed that he's a threat. In the second half they came out and scored we had to punt deep in our territory and they scored again. Kind of took the wind out of our sails. But we competed and we played hard to the end. I told the kids that what they have to do these last three weeks, play hard."