Sometimes it's good to step away from league games during the regular season. Especially when your league is as competitive as the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League.
Although it took Andover awhile to get going in a nonleague tilt against winless Independence, it was a good change. After a scoreless first quarter, the Trojans were up by three touchdowns at halftime as they ran all over the Bulldogs 48-0 at home.
For the second straight game, Andover (3-1) rushed for more than 300 yards. But this wasn't the Chase Ogden show, as the Trojans presented a more balanced ground attack.
Ogden entered the night averaging 144 yards rushing per game. He scored a touchdown among his 11 carries, but his 48 yards was only third highest. Mason Biberstein led the way with 50 yards and a pair of TDs, while Miles Starks chipped in 49 yards and Gage Moss added 36.
All in all, 13 Trojans toted the ball at least once as they average more than six yards a carry as a team.
With such effectiveness running the ball, quarterback Cole Gumeringer only threw the ball five times. Gumeringer was pretty effective himself, completing three passes for 71 yards and touchdowns to Toshi Hayashi and Cooper Nichols
Andover's defense more than held up its end of the bargain, stifling the Bulldogs to minus-17 yards rushing and only 46 passing. Indy had nine first downs – and the same number of punts -- and two turnovers.
Kapaun transfer DeeIsaac Davis led the defense with seven tackles, including two for a loss and one sack. Collectively the Trojans recorded 11 tackles for a loss and five sacks.
While snagging a pair of Independence turnovers, the Trojans did not give it up themselves.
Andover plays Andover Central Sept. 28 at District Stadium.