According to computer playoff expert Joe Eitel, Anderson has regained the No. 8 seed in the playoffs in Division II. Anderson coach Evan Dreyer reacts.
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The Anderson Redskins spent Saturday evening scrambling to put decals back on their helmets.
The team thought its season ended with a 7-3 record in head coach Evan Dreyer’s first year. Nothing to be down about, especially considering the program’s six-win improvement. Friday night ended with a win over Walnut Hills, then scanning scores from around the state to find out that Anderson was just on the bubble, finishing ninth in the projected rankings. The top eight teams in Division II, Region 8 make the playoffs.
Then Saturday happened.
A tweet from a Mt. Healthy assistant coach Saturday afternoon started a game of telephone regarding the use of an ineligible player at Dayton Dunbar. The ripple effect of Dunbar’s forfeits bumped Princeton, another deserving Cincinnati program that turned around under a new head coach, from the eighth spot. Anderson High School will play football in Week 11, one year after finishing with just one win.
“It’s going to be an exciting week because none of these kids remember the 2000’s and how Redskin football was always in Week 11,” said Dreyer. “I get to teach them a lot of things that Coach Suriano and Coach Giesting taught before me and I’m one lucky guy to be heading to a meeting on a Saturday night to tell our kids a great thing.”
Rallying on the fly is something that the Anderson staff is very comfortable doing. Saturday evening, Dreyer was headed to an unscheduled team meeting to break the news to his player.
“It was a swell of emotions of trying to get our group together,” he said. “That’s the best thing about our coaching staff and how we coach. It’s a little chaotic at times and that’s the best part. We’re going to get the equipment out tonight and get back to work.”
The Redskins will head to Troy to face the number one seed in the region. Jay Volpenhein finished the season as one of the most prolific passers in Ohio. Several playmakers on both sides of the ball keyed the turnaround this season. Seniors like Jake Newton, Cole Cain, and Harrison Hill will get to extend their high school football career for one more week, even if they thought it ended on Friday night.
“I’m going to tell them, ‘You deserve the chance to play at Troy, you deserve the chance to play in the playoffs,’ said Dreyer. “This group of kids, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”