Anthony Wayne running back Max Guitteau scores a touchdown against St. Francis during the first quarter at the Glass Bowl Friday. Anthony Wayne won, 44-7. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
Anthony Wayne opened up its 2017 season with a convincing road victory over St. Francis de Sales behind a dominating running game at the University of Toledo's Glass Bowl on Friday night.
The Generals built a 17-0 lead at the half and then forced a running clock late in regulation in a 44-7 win over the Knights. Senior running back Max Guitteau scored on runs of 2, 6, and 34 yards.
Anthony Wayne churned out 429 yards of total offense with 256 on the ground.
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“We dominated the line of scrimmage,” AW coach Andy Brungard said. “Our guys had great movement and we were able to run the ball. We were efficient on third and fourth down conversions that led to scores. Anytime you can come out in Week 1 and handle the ball on offense and make stops on defense, you walk away pretty satisfied.”
Guitteau rushed for a game-high 136 yards on 28 carries. Sophomore running back Ezra Scott rushed for 118 yards and scored on runs of 20 yards and 1 yard.
“It feels really good to go out there and get it done on the field,” Guitteau said. “The O-Line took care of business. I couldn't do it without the big guys up front. They are crucial.”
Anthony Wayne grabbed a 7-0 lead on a two-yard TD run by Guitteau on a fourth-and-goal play. The touchdown capped a 12-play, 43-yard drive that took 5:40 off the clock. Guitteau also set up the first score when he returned the opening kickoff 50 yards to the St. Francis 43-yard line.
Anthony Wayne then took a 10-0 lead on a 29-yard field goal by Tucker Ramirez with 1:38 left in the first quarter. The boot capped an 11-play drive that covered 53 yards.
The Generals then grabbed a 17-0 edge on a 20-yard TD run by Scott, who galloped through a huge hole up the middle created by the AW offensive line - led by Cole Ragan (6-2, 270) and Dawson Zaleksi (6-3, 265) - with 3:51 left in the second quarter.
Anthony Wayne seized a 24-0 on Guitteau's six-yard run with 7:48 left in the third quarter. The Generals had converted on fourth and 8 with a 20-yard pass from QB Max Denman to Nick Kaufman.
Denman completed 14 of 22 passes for 173 yards. Brungard said the passing game was vastly improved over last season.
“We threw the ball without turning it over,” he said.
St. Francis got on the board late in the third quarter after a 12-play drive that covered 73 yards. Junior running back Malachi Wyse scored on a one-yard run to make it 24-7 with 3:23 left in the third quarter.
Wyse rushed for a team-high 57 yards on 15 carries.
But the Generals put it away when Guitteau scored on a 34-yard TD run with 7:21 left in the game. Guitteau popped through another large gap in the line and sprinted in to put AW up 31-7.
“We took care of business,” Guitteau said. “It showed we can compete. We played well and showed we have a good team.”
AW's Max Bradfield came up with an interception with 6:28 left. The Generals forced a running clock when Scott scored on a one-yard romp to make it 38-7 with 2:41 remaining.
On the final play of the game, AW's Bryce Williams intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a score.
The Knights finished with 180 yards of offense. QB Ethan Hertzfeld completed 11 of 21 passes for 115 yards.
“Our defense played well against a hurry-up offense,” Brungard said. “I credit our conditioning.”
Anthony Wayne went 10-4 last year, reaching the Division II state semifinals in Brungard's first year.
St. Francis (0-10) is looking to rebound under first-year coach Dan Chipka.
“I'm pleased with our approach,” Chipka said. “It was a competitive game. But we made about 25 critical errors. We couldn't make enough big plays. But I love the direction this program is headed. We need to correct some things, but there are a lot of positives.”
Brungard said his team has athletes that are difference makers.
“They can hit the hole and take it the distance,” he said. “It's nice to have explosive guys.”
Anthony Wayne running back Ezra Scott scores a touchdown during the second quarter of Friday’s game against St. Francis at the Glass Bowl. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH