Brandon Smith led Anson with three rushing touchdowns. He rushed 14 times for 136 yards and had one catch for 27 yards. Jamarcus Tillman rushed three times for 17 yards and one touchdown.
Dareus Little rushed four times for 68 yards. Rodrick Evans rushed 11 times for 84 yards and one touchdown. He also had 47 passing yards.
The weather was cold with a constant drizzle. Anson started off strong on defense with a blocked punt that allowed them to recover the ball on Parkwood’s 15-yard line for their first offensive possession.
Two rushes later, the Bearcats were in the end zone.
After a 10-play drive by the Rebels, Jeremy Buchanan intercepted a pass and returned it to Anson’s own 40-yard line. Again, on the second rush of the drive, Smith sprinted 56-yards into the end zone, taking off like a shot up the middle and through the Parkwood defense.
Wide receiver Allen Campbell predicted a blowout at this point. Parkwood ended the first quarter in the goal zone and opened the second quarter with a touchdown to cut the lead to 13-6.
After a long slog, Evans was able to sneak into the end zone before the first half ended to put the Bearcats up 20-6.
Parkwood continued to fight in the second half with a tenacious rushing game. The two schools traded touchdowns to make the score 27-12 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
However, an attempted onside kick by Parkwood backfired when Evans recovered the ball and made it all the way to the end zone just one minute into the quarter, 33-12.
Parkwood marched down the field in response but it was too little, too late, as Anson was free to run out the clock.
The Bearcats posted a final touchdown with just over a minute remaining and finished the season 4-7 tied for third place in the conference.
It was a “good win for us tonight,” Coach Luke Hyatt said in an e-mail. “We ended the season tied for third in the conference, which isn’t where we want to be, but our kids battled all year long.”