Quarterback Dayln Anderson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as West Harrison won its season opener – 26-12 over visiting Bay High – on Friday night.
The junior quarterback staked the Hurricanes (1-0) to a 14-0 lead with a 56-yard TD pass to Ahmad Gage on the third play of the game, then raced 73 yards for another score with 9:33 left before halftime.
Bay quarterback Jaylan Wilson answered with a 50-yard touchdown scamper but Anderson sent the Hurricanes into the halftime locker room with a 20-6 lead after hitting Hunter Sonier with a 35-yard touchdown pass.
The second quarter was interrupted by a lightning delay but it didn’t stop the momentum of the Hurricanes.
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Anderson’s 9-yard scoring run with 4:42 left in the third quarter upped the lead to 26-6 before Bay’s Justin McKee concluded the scoring on the night with a 7-yard touchdown run.
“The defense did a great job,’’ West Harrison coach Tracy Rogers said. “They were out on the field way too many snaps in the second half. We hurt ourselves with penalties, giving them first downs.
“They kept fighting, fighting and kept a good offensive team out of the end zone. As far as effort, I was proud of the effort.’’
Rogers was pleased with Anderson’s play, keeping plays alive from the pocket and on the run.
“He had a big play in the first half, and had a big run to score,’’ Rogers said. “We have a lot of weapons.’’
Anderson was able to hang in the pocket and then find Gage open down the middle for the first score.
“I stayed back there and bought myself some time,’’ Anderson said. “I stayed patient. You can’t rush things. We made some mistakes but it was the season opener.’’
And as for his spectacular 73-yard TD dash, Anderson said. “It was a matter of staying patient and looking for the holes.’’
On his TD pass to Sonier, he found the senior receiver open over the middle.
The Hurricane defense came up big often. Damarius Allen had a fumble recovery at the Hurricane 18 to stop Bay High’s first drive. West Harrison also stopped a promising Bay drive at its 13 on downs, a drive that had started at the West Harrison 28 after a shanked punt.
In the second half, Gage picked off a Wilson pass, setting up West Harrison’s final touchdown. And Lianes Dickerson had a fourth-quarter interception of Wilson.
Wilson rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries but had numerous problems with the center exchange out of the shotgun. McKee added 69 rushing yards and Dominic Anderson had 55.
Dalyn Anderson completed 5 of 10 passes for 111 yards.