East Grand Forks' new-look backfield cruises to 34-0 win over Roseau
Clyde Anderson and Levi Anderson combine for more than 100 yards as Green Wave dominate Rams in Minnesota Section 8AAA playoff opener.
EAST GRAND FORKS — With two of East Grand Forks Senior High's top offensive options out with injuries the last few weeks in seniors Caleb Schmiedeberg and Landon Woidtke, the Green Wave dug deep into their roster to handle the changes.
Green Wave running back Levi Anderson started the season on the junior varsity and didn't start to see offensive opportunities until the last couple of weeks.
That retooled offensive backfield looked up to the challenge Tuesday night in the Minnesota Section 8AAA playoff opener.
Levi Anderson and Clyde Anderson combined for 116 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the No. 3-seed Green Wave comfortably beat No. 6-seed Roseau 34-0 in the section quarterfinals at Senior High field.
The Wave move on to face No. 2-seed Perham on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Perham. EGF, 5-3 overall, lost 14-11 to Perham in the regular season.
"We really had to put them into the system and have them know what they're doing," EGF junior quarterback Drew Carpenter said of the new faces in the backfield. "They stepped up in a big way. They made some great plays."
Levi Anderson finished with eight carries for 57 yards, while Clyde Anderson had 13 carries for 59 yards.
"Levi is a big, strong kid," East Grand Forks coach Ryan Kasowski said. "He's waited his turn. He's taken that over. Clyde has always been that guy to get us 3 yards as a big, strong, physical runner."
The Wave scored on their first four possessions.
After a quick three-and-out from the Rams to start the game, East Grand Forks used the excellent field position to score on a 35-yard drive, finished off by a Carpenter 1-yard plunge. A Cooper Smith two-point run gave the Wave an 8-0 lead.
Three plays later, Sam Frost intercepted Roseau quarterback Eli Wensloff to give the Wave another short field.
A six-play drive then resulted in a Clyde Anderson 2-yard run — set up by a Levi Anderson 26-yard catch from Carpenter — to make it 15-0.
After another three-and-out by the Rams, the Wave made it 22-0 with a Levi Anderson 2-yard run.
Then a Roseau fumble gave the Wave a chance for another quick drive. This one was capped by a Clyde Anderson 3-yard run for a 28-0 halftime advantage.
The 26-yard Levi Anderson catch was Senior High's only play longer than 20 yards.
"That's what we're built on," Kasowski said. "We get really excited about 4 yards. That's our bread and butter — to run the football, keep the defense off the field and chew up the clock. That's who we are and what we like."
Roseau finished with 102 yards of total offense, with 57 of those yards coming on the final drive of the fourth quarter against East Grand Forks' reserves.
The Green Wave intercepted Roseau four times, as the Rams completed three passes in 13 attempts for 23 yards with one of those passes on a halfback pass for 14 yards.
EGF Senior High 34,Roseau 0
EGF – Drew Carpenter 1 run (Cooper Smith run)
EGF – Clyde Anderson 2 run (Carpenter kick)
EGF – Levi Anderson 2 run (Carpenter kick)
EGF – Clyde Anderson 3 run (kick failed)
EGF – Carpenter 2 run (kick failed)
RUSHING – EGF: Clyde Anderson 13-59, Levi Anderson 8-57; R: Kolin Schumacher 7-58, Jordan Borowicz 9-13
PASSING – EGF: Drew Carpenter 5-8-0, 56 yards; R: Eli Wensloff 2-12-4, 9 yards
RECEIVING – EGF: Cooper Smith 3-19, Levi Anderson 1-26, Sam Schumacher 1-11; R: Aydon Severson 2-9, Braxton Spilde 1-14