Titans close out 2020 football season

Chase Barbosa and the Anderson football team ended the 2020 season with a 42-24 loss to New Boston Huron Oct. 30. Photo by Larry Caruso

A strange, COVID-dominated football season came to a close for the Anderson Titans with a 42-24 loss to New Boston Huron in the first round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs on Oct. 30.

The loss put a cap on a 2-7 season for Coach Mitch Dobek’s squad. The record included a forfeit win over Downriver League tri-champ Wyandotte, which had to miss the Anderson game because of COVID-19 infections. Wyandotte shared the league crown with Carlson and Woodhaven.

Southgate’s on-field win came on opening night when the Titans knocked off Dearborn Edsel Ford 20-14.

The playoff loss ended Southgate’s campaign, but it marked a season-high in points scored this year for the Titans, who were shutout in two games and held to just one touchdown in two  others.

The season was a learning experience for the young Titans, who carried few seniors this year. The team was keyed by freshman quarterback Chase Barbosa and numerous positions were manned by underclassmen.

Two weeks after Anderson’s season-ending loss, the state playoffs were suspended because of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Michigan and across the country. All Downriver League teams have been eliminated from the playoffs at this point and the only local teams still alive are Grosse Ile and River Rouge.

The current plan for the football playoff restart would have regional games be played Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Wednesday Dec. 16. The state semifinals would be played Dec. 21-22 and the finals will be played Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday Dec. 29 at Ford Field.

When, and if the playoffs resume, Rouge will play Detroit King and Grosse Ile will face Lansing Catholic.

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