UNION CITY – A couple of years ago Mississinawa Valley finally broke the 35-game win streak of Ansonia, earning its first ever win over the Tigers.
Some of the very same Tigers who were a part of that game in 2013 were determined not to let the Hawks do it to them again.
Ansonia took the opening drive and marched down the field, slicing up the Blackhawks along the way.
Cody Burnfield finished the drive on 22-yard run around the right end and Nick Buckingham added the two-point conversion on a run to put Ansonia on top 8-0.
Mississinawa had its turn … and senior Tyler Jenkinson made a couple of big plays on a long run and a pass reception to get the Hawks into the red zone.
A costly fumble by the Hawks on the 6-yard line was recovered by Ansonia, stopping the drive.
Two plays later quarterback Dane Wentworth, who was an active player two years ago, took the snap from center and raced 61 yards around the right end, taking it to the house to put the Tigers up 14-0, and more importantly, taking away any momentum the Blackhawks had on their opening drive.
It would ball all Ansonia in the first half as the Blackhawks never seemed to recover.
Nick Buckingham scored on a 3-yard run to start the second quarter as the Tigers lead grew to 20-0.
Mississinawa punted on its next possession that turned out to be a very low line drive over the middle and if not for a very alert Trevor Beam could have posed trouble for the Tigers. Beam caught the line drive and then hesitated not sure of what to do next. The junior finally got his feet beneath him and returned the punt 20 yards.
It only took a few plays for Aydan Sanders to finish the score from 5 yards out and the pass conversion from Wentworth to Max Wardrip was good to make it 28-0 at the half.
Mississinawa, looking to turn the tide to start the second half, put together another nice drive … but the disappointment continued as the Hawks fumbled the ball again. This time there would be no comeback in the second half like the previous week.
The Tigers would add two more scores in the second half both runs by Sanders, one from 5 yards and the other a 56-yarder to go up 44-0.
“Against National Trail a week ago we came out in the third quarter and made a game of it, and I thought our guys would be able to respond in the second half, but we just couldn’t do it tonight,” a dejected Mississinawa Valley head football coach Pat Baker said.
Mississinawa did finally get on the scoreboard, avoiding the shutout from the Tigers when Zach Dirmeyer caught an Andrew Johns pass over the middle and the senior did the rest with his feet, scurrying 33 yards for the touchdown.
Cameron Anguiano rushed in the two-point conversion to make the final score of 44-8.
“The penalties are really hurting this team. You look up and it’s a second and 20 situation time and time again, and that is hard to overcome,” a bewildered Baker said.
“It’s those little things in our program that we have to fix. we have a long way to go … but I told the kids one way or another we are going to fix it and get this program going in the right direction,” Baker concluded.
Mississinawa remains winless in eight tries and will travel to Arcanum on Friday still in search of its first win.
For the Tigers is was their second win on the year and longtime Ansonia head football coach Eugene Hoening was pleased with his team’s efforts.
“We just executed our offense; that’s just what we do. I have to hand it to our coaching staff; they did a good job of keeping our kids focused and preparing them for the game this week, and the kids responded,” Hoening said.
“We do a lot of sled work and coach Adam Hall, well, he harps on coming off the ball and sprinting to the line of scrimmage, and that’s a credit to coach Hall,” Hoening said on the play of Ansonia up front on the line of scrimmage.
He also praised coach Matt Macy on defense as well.
“Coach Matt Macy did a heck of a job of adjusting our defense this week, and he gets a lot of credit for the work he put in and the defensive effort tonight,” Hoening concluded.
Ansonia goes to 2-6 overall and 1-5 in Cross County Conference and will host Bethel next for senior night on Friday.
ANS: Cody Burnfield 22-yard run (Nick Buckingham run) 8-0
ANS: Dane Wentworth 61-yard run (Conversion no good) 14-0
ANS: Nick Buckingham 3-yard run (Conversion no good)) 20-0
ANS: Aydan Sanders 5-yard run (Max Wardrip reception from Wentworth) 28-0
ANS: Aydan Sanders 5- yard run ((Burnfield run)
ANS: Aydan Sanders 56-yard run (Burnfield run)
MV: Zach Dirmeyer 33-yard reception from Andrew Johns (Cameron Anguiano run) 44-8