By Sean Lynch
Section 9 Football Insider Staff
NEWBURGH — Newburgh Free Academy senior Terry Anderson ran towards the sideline after his first interception of the game.
Anderson’s interception came in the last minute of the first quarter with the Goldbacks trailing 7-0.
His message to his teammates was loud and clear.
“We’re not losing this game.”
He was true to his words, as the Goldbacks (6-1, 4-0 Class AA) beat Pine Bush (3-4, 3-2 Class AA) 48-14 on Friday night
After Anderson’s motivational words, the Goldbacks had a six-play, 35-yard-drive which resulted in an 8-yard touchdown run from Anderson himself.
On Pine Bush’s next play from scrimmage, Haakon Meland threw a backwards lateral that was dropped. Anderson sprinted to the ball, returning it 24 yards for his second touchdown of the game.
In a little over two minutes, Anderson had an interception, a rushing touchdown, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
“The interception by Terry was big, and then his fumble recovery for a touchdown soon after really pumped everyone up,” Newburgh coach Bill Bianco said. “Once our offense got going it was a different game,” he added.
Anderson finished with 148 rushing yards and a touchdown offensively.
When asked about his mindset coming into today’s game, Anderson said:
“You have to be a dog out there. You have to have that Marshawn Lynch mentality on the field, beast mode, and I think I was in beast mode tonight.”
Senior running back Giani Hill added 116 rushing yards and four touchdowns, earning player of the game honors for the Goldbacks.
“We started off slow tonight,” Hill said. “The offensive line wasn’t clicking at first so after the first two three-and-outs of the game, the whole offense got together and talked about things we weren’t doing properly,” he added.
Hill admitted the Goldbacks have started off slow in some games this season, but reiterated the teams’ chemistry and close bond has helped them fight through adversity.
“We didn’t execute well (in the loss) against River Dell (N.J), and last week (against Valley Central) we didn’t score too much in the first half,” Hill said. “That’s the one thing I love about this team, whenever we don’t have our ‘A game’ we get together and look for things we can improve on,” he paused. “We never give up.”
The Goldbacks host Monroe-Woodbury in the final game of the regular season next Friday at 7 p.m. The winner gets the number one seed in the Class AA playoffs. Terry Anderson has been waiting to play the Crusaders since he saw the game on the schedule earlier this season.
“It’s a matchup I’ve been waiting for,” he said. “It’s always such a good game. I know our team will bring it and they (Monroe-Woodbury) will too, they always do.”