by Jason Olson

What had appeared to be a lost season for Anoka, suddenly looks a bit brighter as they walked away from Centennial 28-27 winners Friday night.

Centennial scored the lone touchdown of the first quarter before Anoka responded with two touchdowns of its own, but the Cougars scored again before halftime to lead 21-14.

Anoka ‘s Josh Werness scored the first and last touchdowns, the final coming with 6:07 remaining in the game to take a 28-21 lead. Centennial responded with to a lengthy scoring drive, spanning four minutes, 53 seconds. After running the ball in from three yards out they elected to go for the two point conversion. The pass fell short and the Cougars dropped to 2-5.

Werness was the leading rusher for the Tornadoes, compiling 43 yards on 12 carries. Centennial running back Adam LaMere ran for 111 yards on 23 carries for two scores. He also caught a 13 yard pass for a touchdown.

Anoka quarterback Ben Britton completed 7-of-8 passes for 60 yards and one touchdown, a second-quarter, 18-yard strike to junior Ryan Rand. Britton also ran one in for a touchdown while carrying the ball 11 times for 31 yards.

The win gives Anoka some momentum heading into the regular season finale, which is also the famed Pumpkin Bowl game at Goodrich Field against Park Center (1-5).


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