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Preds roll over Crush

Posted 5/22/2011

By Adam Parks 

Leader-Telegram staff 

L.A. Anderson is getting more and more comfortable with his receivers by the
day.
And as he showed Saturday night, that comfort level is going to start
causing a lot of problems for opponents of the Chippewa Valley Predators
this season.
Anderson provided the fireworks for the Predators offense, throwing for 288
yards and accounting for four touchdowns as the Predators dispatched
intracity rival Eau Claire with a convincing 37-6 victory in their home
opener at Carson Park.
"He's making good decisions with the football, and you can obviously see how
talented he is," Chippewa Valley coach Martin Adams said. "He's slowly
progressing and we expect this out of him and he's only going to get
better."
With an excess of time in the pocket, Anderson quickly picked apart the
Crush's zone defense, completing 15 of 24 passes with no interceptions and a
pair of touchdowns.
The 220-pounder also ran for two touchdowns, giving the Predators their
first touchdown of the game on a nifty 25-yard scramble as the Crush defense
collapsed on him.
"We have a lot of combo routes that work in our favor against a zone
defense," said Anderson, who was battling a slight groin injury. "I just
attacked the zone pretty much, but I had all day to throw, the line did a
pretty good job. If I have all day to throw, I'm pretty sure I can pick them
apart."
Backup wide receiver Rashem Sharpe was the primary beneficiary of Anderson's
view of the Crush defense. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound receiver had 132 yards on
six catches, including a pair of touchdown grabs that bookended halftime.
Sharpe used his considerable size to box out his defender on a 6-yard TD
pass with just 26.2 seconds left in the first half and showed his speed on
the Preds' second possession of the second half - corralling a 63-yard bomb
to put Chippewa Valley up 30-6.
"Rashem, at his size, most of the time he's lining up against a DB and he's
bigger and he's faster than them too," Anderson said. "I think he has a
mismatch every time out."

Lost in Anderson's impressive day was the stifling play of the Chippewa
Valley defense.
Coming off a game in which it allowed the South Metro Dragons to rally to
victory with 13 fourth-quarter points, the Chippewa Valley defense responded
by forcing five turnovers and holding Eau Claire to just one score - a
100-yard kickoff return by Jake Setzer.
Eau Claire went three-and-out four times in the first half and didn't secure
its first first down until midway through the third quarter. In total, the
Crush finished with just 107 yards of offense, threw four interceptions and
had one fumble.
"They were coming hard," Crush coach Fred Hoversholm said. "We're a really
young team this year and that affected some of the young kids."
After switching away from the zone look in the second half, the Crush were
able to slow down the Predators offense. By then, however, the damage had
been done.
"We got tired and the end result was the score," Hoversholm said. "But I'm
still happy because we limited them in the second half and we did better
than last year, and that's what I judge. Character is determined in the
second half and I'm proud of my kids."

  _____  

PREDATORS 37, CRUSH 6

Crush 6 0 0 0 - 6

Predators 10 14 6 7 - 37

First Quarter

P - Jimmie Mattson 36 field goal, 9:47.

C - Jake Setzer 100 kickoff return, 9:32.

P - L.A. Anderson 25 run (Mattson kick), 3:48.

Second Quarter

P - Vince Furby 7 run (Mattson kick), 6:09.

P - Rashem Sharpe 6 pass from Anderson (Mattson kick), :26.2.

Third Quarter

P - Sharpe 63 pass from Anderson (kick failed), 10:09.

Fourth Quarter

P - Anderson 4 run (Mattson kick), 11:03.
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