AUSTIN (KXAN) — Anderson started the Donald Hatcher era off in grand fashion with a 49-3 blowout victory over McCallum in the 21st Taco Shack Bowl on Thursday at House Park.
It was the first win for Hatcher as head coach for the Trojans, who is the program’s sixth head coach in the past 10 seasons.
It was the largest margin of victory in the game’s history in large part due to the Trojans’ quarterback Fred Dale.
Dale had a hand in five touchdowns, two rushing and three passing, and Anderson’s defense shut down McCallum’s offense.
Dale hit Ed Small for the first score of the game on a 15-yard pass, but McCallum marched down the field and Dash Levy kicked a 28-yard field goal to bring it to 7-3 early. Anderson scored 42 unanswered points the rest of the game to claim the school’s 11th Taco Shack Bowl.
Dale had rushing touchdowns in the first and second quarters, a 23-yard rumble with 2:17 left in the opening frame and a 28-yarder with 10:34 left in the second quarter. Both were very physical runs as Dale used his size to run over defenders and break tackles on zone read keeps.
James Idunate scored for Anderson with a 1-yard run in the waning moments of the second quarter to give the Trojans a 28-3 lead at halftime.
Bennett Blackerby hauled in a 15-yard scoring catch with a nice sliding grab in the third, and Small caught another TD from Dale.
To cap off the scoring in grand fashion, backup quarterback Brady Gephart rolled to his left and lofted a perfect pass to Tristan Waidelich. A defender fell down behind the play and that allowed Weidelich to take the catch 85 yards for the game’s final score with 7:16 left.
Anderson (1-0) hosts Rouse in a nondistrict game Sept. 1. McCallum (0-1) plays Lehman, also in a nondistrict game, Sept. 2.
FINAL: Anderson wins its 11th Taco Shack Bowl by the largest margin of victory in the game’s history with a 49-3 romp over McCallum.
7:16 4Q: After a defender fell down, Tristan Waidelich hauled in an 85-yard pass from Brady Gephart. PAT good. 49-3 Anderson.
END 3Q: Anderson 42, McCallum 3
1:18 3Q: Anderson’s Bennett Blackerby made a nice sliding grab for a 15-yard TD from Dale. PAT good. 42-3 Anderson
3:28 3Q: Anderson is running away with this year’s Taco Shack Bowl. Dale finds Small in the corner of the end zone for a 9-yard score. PAT good. 35-3 Anderson
HALFTIME: The Anderson Trojans are up big early on in the Taco Shack Bowl, leading McCallum 28-3.
Here’s a nifty play from Anderson that didn’t lead to points but still looked cool. Dale rolled out and threw to to, you could argue, two people. Brady Gephart tipped the ball and it hung up just long enough for Small to adjust to it and haul it in on the sidelines. Great concentration from Small to bring it in.
5:51 2Q: Anderson drives it down the field again, and Jame Idunate finishes it off with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone. PAT good. Anderson 28-3
10:34 2Q: Dale does it again. He rumbles 28 yards for his second rushing TD of the night and the zone read keeper is working for the Trojans. PAT good. 21-3 Anderson
End 1Q: Anderson 14, McCallum 3. Anderson QB Fred Dale had a hand in both scores for the Trojans with an 18-yard pass to Ed Small for the first score, and then a 23-yard run where he dished out a little punishment on his way in.
McCallum’s Dash Levy booted a 28-yard field goal for McCallum’s only score of the first quarter.