Fourteen unanswered fourth quarter points Friday afternoon pushed the Anderson Trojans to a narrow 34-20 win over the Lehman Lobos at Nelson Field.
Lehman (1-7, 0-6) sped out to an early 6-0 lead by taking their opening drive of the contest to the end zone.
The Lobos’ eight play, 55-yard scoring drive was capped by a nine-yard touchdown from running back Keyshaun Williams.
Following an Anderson touchdown early in the second quarter, Lehman responded with an 11 yard touchdown run by quarterback Joey Guarardo, giving the Lobos a 12-7 advantage.
An Anderson touchdown before halftime, followed by a score early in the third frame, gave the Trojans a 20-12 lead. Groos went 17 of 27 for 293 yards and two passing touchdowns, while also rushing for 77 yards on 20 carries and three rushing scores.
Lehman stormed right back late in the third quarter with a methodical eight play, 68 yard scoring drive that encompassed nearly five minutes. An 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joey Guajardo to wide receiver Elijah Reyes tied the contest at 20-20 at the end of the third quarter.
Guajardo went 10 of 16 for 88 yards and a touchdown through the air while Williams amassed 134 yards on 28 carries and a score. Reyes finished with two catches for 31 yards and a touchdown.
But the Lobos couldn’t keep Groos and the Trojans out of the end zone in the final frame. Groos tallied a pair of touchdowns down the stretch to keep the Lobos at arms’ length.
Anderson out-gained Lehman 364-262 in total yards, but the Lobos led Anderson in time of possession. Lehman had the ball for 24 minutes while Anderson had it for 23. Lehman also finished with 174 rushing yards to Anderson’s 71 yards.
Originally, both teams were scheduled to play Thursday evening, but weather postponed the contest to Friday afternoon.