Anderson plays big role in Westminster's victory


ANAHEIM – Isayah Anderson caught four touchdown passes from Noah Melbon and added a 5-yard scoring run to lead Westminster to its first victory of the season, beating Magnolia, 47-20, Thursday in a nonleague game at Glover Stadium.

The fleet 5-foot-9, 155-pound Anderson had scoring receptions of 68, 22, 48 and 13 yards from Melbon. He also turned a medium-range pass from Melbon into a 90-yard gain in the first quarter, setting up Josh Avila’s 3-yard touchdown run for a 13-0 lead.

Anderson had 10 receptions for 238 yards. The 6-foot, 162-pound Melbon completed 14 of 19 for 264 yards and had one interception. He completed a fifth touchdown pass, 9-yards to Antonio Olea.

Melbon led the Lions in rushing with 77 yards on seven carries and reserve Christian Jamie added 59 yards on eight carries. Avila gained 47 on 11 carries.

Joey Lucero made an outstanding play to score Magnolia’s first touchdown, stripping the ball from a Westminster receiver and returning it for a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It cut Westminster’s lead to 13-7.

Westminster struck back quickly, going 80 yards on four plays. Melbon ran for 12 yards and then connected with Anderson on a slant at midfield and he raced 68 yards for the touchdown and a 19-7 advantage.

Magnolia (0-5) trailed, 40-7, at halftime.

The Sentinels scored the opening touchdown of the second half on a 72-yard pass from quarterback Nathan Michel to Rafael Villegas.

Anderson returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the Magnolia 47. Westminster went 53 yards on six plays, with Anderson scoring on a 13-yard pass from Melbon.

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