WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2008: Brad Anderson – Final Word on Burnsville and Preview Edina

Wayzata Football Head Coach Brad Anderson was kind enough to join me for our regular segment this evening in a short week for the Trojans. They beat Burnsville 70-0 last Friday night and take on the visiting Edina Hornets Wednesday night at Trojan Stadium, 7:00pm.

Dan Gustafson: Congratulations on the win over Burnsville last night Coach. Did you accomplish everything you wanted to accomplish there?

Brad Anderson: We wanted to go in and come away with a win. So that was number 1 and we did that. We played a lot of players, we got a lot of kids who normally wouldn’t get a chance to play in a varsity game, and that was good. From that perspective, I thought it was great. You are never totally happy with how you play, but overall I thought we played a pretty good game.

DG: How did you feel about setting your scoring record?

BA: That wasn’t high on my priority list ever to do. I don’t know if you ever really feel good about a game like that, on either side. I never want to see a team be on the other end of that, and it is not something that we set out to do. I guess it is a result of their play and our play that night. It does take something to score 70, I think the fact that the defense played so well had a lot to do with it.

DG: Your defense played extremely well. Chris Meyers had 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns…

BA: We had 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns, Chris had them both. We had a punt return for a touchdown, a blocked punt for a touchdown, and then a couple of other punt returns that set us up in good field position. All those parts came together.

DG: What do you know about Edina?

BA: They are a very well coached team. They run a spread offense. The have a quarterback, [Anders Lee] who runs it extremely well. He is a double threat in the fact that you have to play him as a passer and as a runner. Defensively, they have been very tough on us over the years. The run a defense that we don’t see throughout the regular season, other than when we play them. We play them with only a couple days practice, and it makes it even more difficult. They are a good club, and they were last years [Classic Lake] Conference Champs. We respect them very much.

DG: How do you anticipate you will handle Anders Lee?

BA: I think the big thing is we are going to make their team beat us. He is one part of the team, he’s obviously a very important part of their team, but defensively we really go out their and try to make them play not to their strength. Coach Lombardi does a good job of making people do things that maybe they don’t want to do. That’s our number 1 objective. Maybe make them play left handed.

DG: Did you see yourself in this position of having the chance to go undefeated in the regular season at the beginning of the season?
BA: When you start off the season, that’s always a thought that you would like to go undefeated, but we don’t write it down as one of our goals. Winning the Conference Championship is one of our goals, and going undefeated through our conference would be nice. No, I can’t say beforehand that I saw us going undefeated.
DG: Best of Luck against Edina.
BA: Thanks very much.

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