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Unbeaten Gibraltar Carlson hit the road on Friday night to face an improving Southgate Anderson side, after a tough run of seasons for the program.

Gibraltar Carlson at Southgate Anderson football photo gallery

Carlson, the reigning Downriver League co-champion, has discovered how much the Titans have improved.

On reunion night, Anderson took a 20-point halftime lead. While the talented Marauders fought back, the Titans held on and came away with a surprise 33-28 victory.

“Our kids played really well, they were physical and great,” Anderson’s coach Bobby Marten said. “We knew we had to weather the storm. It’s a proud program, well trained, and they came out second, but our kids did a great job.

The result at Southgate wasn’t the only big news of the night in the DRL. A few miles away in Trenton, the host Trojans upset first place Woodhaven 21-14.

What seemed like a two-horse race between Carlson and Woodhaven for the 2022 championship title suddenly got a whole lot more crowded. The Titans (4-2, 4-1 DRL) are now tied at four for first place with Carlson (5-1, 5-1 DRL), Woodhaven (4-2, 4-1 DRL) and Trenton (5 -1, 4-1 DRL) while Allen Park (4-2, 4-2 DRL) is only one game behind.

Anderson stormed out of the gate firing on all cylinders in front of his large homecoming crowd. The Titans walked down the field behind running back Chase Barbosa and some timely completions from quarterback Jackson Sage to Andrew Gates. Barbosa capped the 87-yard run with a one-yard run. After a successful PAT, the Titans led 7-0. Overall, the drive lasted most of the first quarter.

“Part of our game plan was to move slowly and methodically,” Marten said. “Their attack is so explosive, so we were trying to keep it out of their hands. It worked perfectly that first half.

Anderson’s defense fed off the energy and made a save on fourth down.

With the ball back, the Titans walked downfield again. At one yard, Barbosa entered the end zone and Anderson took a 14-0 lead.

A Carlson three-and-out ensued, returning the ball to the Titans offense.

A pass interference call on the Marauders on fourth down kept a drive alive. A few plays later, Barbosa got his third touchdown of the night, this time from six yards out. The PAT failed and the home team led 20-0.

Carlson put up a great run late in the quarter, which featured hook-and-ladder play in the red zone. However, Anderson’s defense was up for the challenge, securing four saves and forcing another turnover on the downs.

After halftime, the Marauders found a new sense of urgency and what ensued was a shootout between the two teams.

In the opening practice of the second half, Carlson moved the ball with ease. Quarterback Edward Light eventually found Jackson Zachary 30 yards out for a touchdown and cut Anderson’s lead to 20-7.

After a Titans three-and-out, running back Omari Carter broke a 45-yard home run and drew the visitors in for a touchdown.

Anderson responded with a 61-yard touchdown pass from Sage to Colin Thomas and went up another two points.

Carlson wasted no time in firing back, as Carter found dirt on another big play, this time from 50 yards out.

Sage hit tight end Ryan MacDonnell for a 25-yard touchdown and after a failed 2-point conversion, Anderson led 33-21.

Carlson countered again when Izaiah Wright ran from 14 yards just early in the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 33-28.

Anderson took a long drive and was placed at the Marauders 10-yard line with about three minutes left in the game. At that point Carlson’s Noah Derwick had a pass and kept his team in the game.

But the Titans weren’t ready to let anyone ruin their homecoming and stop the Marauders in four straight games. The game was put on ice when Barbosa converted a 4th and 1 with 30 seconds left and Carlson suffered their first loss of the 2022 campaign.

“Hats off to their team and their staff, they came out of Homecoming thrilled,” Marauders coach Jason Gendron said. “They hit us in the face early, but I’m proud of the effort in the second half. I knew we weren’t going to back down, we didn’t come here to back down on anything.

Carlson will return home next week to face Taylor High.

“Right now we’re still a week at a time,” Gendron said. “We’ll take a look at the film and see where we can clean up some things and we’ll move on to Taylor.”

Anderson hits the road in Week 7 and takes on Lincoln Park on Friday night.

Jack C. Nugent