ANDERSON — Coming into the season Pendleton Heights knew what it had in its defense. It was the offense that had some question marks.
Those were both proven in a 15-0 week one win over Lebanon.
On Friday, against Madison County rival Anderson, the defense made a statement once again, but this time so did the offense.
The Arabians (2-0) defeated the Indians (0-2) 49-0 on the road for their eighth-straight win in the series.
Five first-half touchdowns, and 296 yards of total offense in the opening two quarters, led the way to the big Pendleton Heights win.
Quarterback Isaac Wilson was responsible for four of the Arabians’ scores. He completed 12 of his 15 pass attempts for 156 yards and two touchdowns and finished with a near-perfect quarterback rating of 151.7.
On the ground, he rushed six times for 52 yards and two more scores. He caught three passes for 17 yards, too.
Along with Wilson, eight Pendleton Heights players contributed over 10 yards on offense.
Nate DeRolf led the Arabians with 59 yards receiving. Drake Stevens caught two passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Reese Reddington added 31 receiving yards and 13 rushing yards. Caden Sims brought in three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. And Nolan Souders caught his one pass for 11 yards.
On the ground, Keaton Jones had 37 yards and a score, Bo Surface was right behind him with 30 yards and a touchdown, and backup quarterback Colton Frank ran for 14 while also completing all four of his pass attempts on the night.
Defensively, the Arabians were dominant once again.
Four players recorded tackles for loss, two intercepted passes, and one recovered a fumble en route to the Arabians second consecutive shutout to open the season.
Eli Libler led the team with six tackles. Dresden Roberts and Nick Trout each added five tackles, and Bryant Davis had four total tackles, a tackle for loss, and a sack.
Clint Miller and Nico White each intercepted Anderson quarterback Payton Fetty, and Ryan Keesling recovered a fumble.
Through eight quarters, the Arabians defense has allowed zero points, has accumulated 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, and has forced eight turnovers.
They’ll look to keep the hot start to the season rolling tomorrow with the Hoosier Heritage Conference opener.
Pendleton Heights plays host to New Castle, a team it has beaten in six straight matchups, including a 35-0 shutout win last season at New Castle.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.