Anderson's record day leads Shoreham-Wading River past Center Moriches
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Shoreham-Wading River halfback Tyler Anderson broke the school single-game rushing record again. Only this time he did it in the postseason. The senior rushed for 426 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Wildcats pounded Center Moriches, 56-29, yesterday in a Suffolk IV quarterfinal football playoff game.
No. 4 Shoreham Wading River (7-2) totaled 703 yards of offense as quarterback Danny Hughes passed for 160 yards and ran for 117.
And kicker Zack MacAuley set a school record with eight extra-point kicks, coach Matt Millheiser said.
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The Wildcats will meet top-seeded Babylon (9-0) in a semifinal on Friday at 6 p.m. Babylon, the defending LI Class IV champion, advanced by beating Easthampton, 53-8.
"I don't think it's a secret to anybody in the division, we like to run the football," SWR coach Matt Millheiser said. "We like to run it with Tyler Anderson.''
And why not? With Anderson the focal point of the offense, Shoreham has rolled over opponents all season. Saturday, Anderson had 29 carries and scored on runs of 36, 32, 13 and 77 yards. He also had two receptions for 52 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown catch.
Despite the career day, Anderson noted the impact of his teammates.
"I give all the credit to the linemen," said Anderson, who broke the single-game mark on Oct. 11 when he rushed for 367 yards against Hampton Bays. "My dad used to say, 'football is the best team sport that you can have because it takes 11 guys to win a game.' "
Hughes gave the Wildcats another dimension as he completed five of 12 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns and added a 20-yard scoring run. Like Anderson, Hughes attributed much of the success to his linemen, as well as his receivers.
"The line opened up great holes for Tyler and me running the ball," he said, "and our receivers got great separation on pass plays."
One of those receivers was Isreal Squires, whose 36-yard touchdown catch gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead. Squires had two catches, both for touchdowns for 84 yards. And he added an interception of Center Moriches quarterback Tyrell Thomas just before the half, to preserve a 28-15 advantage.
The Shoreham-Wading River defense did it share, forcing four turnovers -- including two interceptions by safety Jake Nolan. The Wildcats' defense bottled up Thomas, the Red Devils dual-threat performer to just 42 yards on 12 carries. Thomas completed 14 of 21 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. The primary beneficiary was Tarik Rountree, who had nine receptions for 127 yards and two scores.