By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Newburgh — Newburgh football coach Bill Bianco has given quarterback Terry Anderson a hard time for most of the season, constantly asking him when he is going to start running the ball like a running back.
Anderson, a junior, is a converted running back, making his debut under center this year.
“I’ve been busting him on that, waiting to see it as far as him running the ball,” Bianco said. “It’s his natural position and I’ve kind of messed with Terry. I’ve asked him: Where is that tailback that we’ve seen?”
Bianco can lay off Anderson after he went off in a 34-7 Section 9 Class AA Division I win over Pine Bush on Friday night. Anderson — the runner — was on full display as he put up 203 yards and three touchdown runs in the blowout. He scored on runs of 15, 33 and 82 yards.
Running back Jadon Munroe added two rushing touchdowns for Newburgh (3-0, 2-0 Class AA). The Goldbacks led Pine Bush (2-1, 0-1 Class AA) 21-7 at halftime.
“Coach Bianco has been chewing my ear out,” Anderson said with a smile. “He’s been asking me where is the old sophomore Terry? The guy who ran downhill. I told him ‘I’m tired of hearing you say this, so I’m just going to go out there and run downhill like you want me to.’ I was like a running back out there tonight.”
Anderson put the three-time defending Class AA champion up 14-0 with 15 and 33-yard touchdown runs. His most dazzling play was his 82-yard score, which gave the Goldbacks a 27-7 lead 1:20 into the second half. Anderson took the snap, broke out to the left side, and sprinted up the Pine Bush sideline for a touchdown.
“The more familiar Terry gets with this offense, the more you are going to see his talents come out,” Bianco said. “I think he is still thinking a little bit. But tonight, obviously, he looked pretty good.”
Anderson’s dazzling performance and Newburgh’s lights out defense were the stories of the night. Pine Bush put up 503 rushing yards in a 41-22 win over Valley Central last week, but was shut down at Academy Field. Tyler Waller had a career night against Valley Central, rushing for 174 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Potts put up 222 yards and bruising fullback Xavier Martinez added 103 yards.
Waller left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and Potts finished with 60 yards rushing. Martinez had 110 yards and a 5-yard touchdown run with 6:45 left in the first half.
“It feels great to just go out there and do our thing,” Newburgh linebacker Derek Iorlano said. “We were ready for a battle and we weren’t going to let Pine Bush do anything. This is a huge game for us. We came out and played our best, we shut them down real quick.”