LIMA – Lima Senior ripped a page out of its “defense and special teams” chapter.
On misty, rainy night, Lima Senior counted heavily on its defense in a 20-7 victory over Fremont Ross at the half Friday at Spartan Stadium.
Lima Senior stands 3-4, 1-3 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.
Fremont Ross is 1-6, 0-4 in the TRAC.
At halftime, the Spartan Stadium pressbox was named in honor of Vince Koza, a longtime media member who is battling cancer.
The Spartans turned early to running back Jawan Anderson and he racked up 58 yards on 14 carries at the half.
He finished with 130 yards on 26 carries. He had a 15-yard TD.
Anderson was held to negative yards rushing last week against Whitmer.
But on Friday, Anderson reversed his field a few times for big gains. When he was bottled up at the line, he bounced it outside to make his own running lane.
“The hole would get clogged up and it was just my instinct to jump outside and keep running,” Anderson said.
Anderson added that his line was able to open some holes this week to lead the way.
“The line started buckling down, blocking and doing their part, so I had to break off a run for them,” Anderson said.
Lima Senior quarterback E.J. Cameron completed 10 of 18 for 114 yards. He threw one TD and had one interception.
Meanwhile, the Lima Senior defense held Ross to 85 yards on the ground.
Ross running back Daniel Rusher had 93 yards on 23 carries. His final run of the game was his best, for 31 yards.
Ross quarterback Cyrus Lagrou completed 11 of 24 for 79 yards. The Spartans picked him off three times.
The Spartans also scored on a blocked punt.
Lima Senior scored twice in the second quarter to take a 13-0 lead at the break.
The Spartans moved the ball in the first half, but were slowed by 55 yards of penalties.
The second time Lima Senior had the ball the Spartans went 85 yards in 12 plays for the score.
The big play on the drive came on a fourth-and-13 at the Ross 35.
The Spartans’ Cameron hit Larry Ragland with a 15-yard pass for a first down at the Ross 21.
Two plays later, it again was Cameron to Ragland for an acrobatic 19-yard TD.
Ragland tipped the ball up in the air in the end zone, fell down and caught it on his back for the TD.
That gave the Spartans a 7-0 lead with 11:55 left in the second quarter.
Lima Senior’s second score came in the final seconds of the first half with Fremont Ross’ Carson Brandon was punting out of his own end zone.
Brandon’s punt went low into the Spartans’ line and the liner rammed straight into Lima Senior’s Estephon Owens in the heart of the end zone.
The ball hopped away and the Spartans’ Marcus Brown recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
That gave Lima Senior a 13-0 lead with 27 seconds left in the first half.
Lima Senior’s Caymien Durr recovered a Little Giants fumble at the Ross 30 early in the third quarter.
Three plays later, Anderson turned the right corner, pulled off a spin move and went 15 yards for a touchdown.
That pushed the Spartans’ lead to 20-0 with 5:23 left in the third quarter.
Fremont Ross cut the lead to 20-7 on a 37-yard TD pass from Lagrou to Spencer Price with 3:01 left in the third.
Ragland had two catches for 33 yards, with a TD, but left with 11 minutes left in the third quarter for good when his head was spun around after a Ross player was called for a violent face mask call after a Ragland reception.
Cecil Benton Jr. had four catches for 54 yards.
The game was dominated by penalties.
The Spartans had 125 yards worth of penalties, while Ross racked up 118.
Anderson saw plenty of positives in the team’s first TRAC win of the year.
“This feels good,” he said. “It feels like we’re going to get back on track and start rolling.’