Prince Avenue Christian School’s offense has had to find new ways to be effective since the injury to starting quarterback Brock Vandagriff in week three.
Freshman Lucian Anderson III has been efficient and effective in the passing game.
He’s gone 18-for-23 for 392 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions in his first two full games under center.
The Wolverines’ rushing attack has been a big part in taking some of the pressure off the freshman quarterback. Last week against Riverside Military Academy the Wolverines amassed a season high 300 yards rushing.
The production came behind two 100-yard rushers. Landon Owens led the way with 11 carries for 144 yards and three touchdowns. McKay Melnick ran for 114 yards on six carries.
It was the first time PACS head coach Greg Vandagriff can remember having two different ball carriers that were both non-quarterbacks having over 100 yards rushing in a game in his tenure.
“We’ve had to play good defense, good special teams and control the ball on offense,” Vandagriff said. “That’s not been what we’ve done the last couple of years. We’ve been more high powered and we’ve gone as fast as we can go on offense. Now we have been a whole lot more deliberate. We rushed for over 300 yards on Friday night and had two 100-yard rushers not including the quarterback. It may have been the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve had two 100-yard rushers and they’ve been running backs. The kids have responded well.”
The Wolverines will eventually get their quarterback back on the field this season. The three weeks since his injury has seen an awakening of a rushing attack that they didn’t necessarily believe they’d have.
As the second half of the season comes into focus the Wolverines now have a trust in their offensive line to create running lanes and two quarterbacks that can fling the football around the yard on any Friday night.
The Wolverines have also found a different group to lean on in their offensive line.
“I’ve got to give a big shout out to our offensive line,” junior wide receiver Logan Johnson said. “They’ve stepped up tremendously. I personally didn’t think they’d be as good as they have been. They’ve come in and will work so hard and they push each other. Their communication is insane. Last Friday, I’ve never heard them talk as much as they did. Having that run game opens up the passing game with a freshman quarterback. They now have to stop the run.”