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Lowell 42, Reeths-Puffer 7 – Anderson’s pass hits its mark and touches many hearts

It’s a pass Titan Anderson has thrown more times than he can count.

Friday night before a crowd of roughly 6,800 Pink Arrow enthusiasts, the backup Lowell quarterback threw it again and this time the throw had a little more on it.

The 27-yard corner route to Luke Bigham extended Lowell’s second-quarter lead to 21-0;  provided Anderson with his first varsity touchdown pass; and on a night when cancer survivors and those now affected by cancer were remembered and honored, Anderson played for his father (Gavin) who was been diagnosed with kidney cancer four years ago.

“My first thought was oops I hope it gets there,” Anderson said. “One thing I was sure of is that I didn’t want to throw a pick on Pink Arrow Day.”

The TD throw was made special because his father was there to see it and celebrate the moment.

“Titan’s been playing football since he was 10. I’ve seen him throw a number of touchdown passes, but this one was special,” said Gavin Anderson. “It’s a funny thing, you come to these as a supporter and then cancer hits your family and you realize the impact this terrible disease has on both sides as a survivor and families who have lost a loved one. I could not survive and make it through this without the support of family and community.This event is both uplifting and motivating.”

The Red Arrows defeated Muskegon Reeths Puffer 42-7. Lowell scored on its opening three possessions of the first quarter.

Gabe Dean rumbled 68 yards for the first touchdown followed by Renn Osborne’s one-yard burst  and then Bigham’s touchdown reception with 3:39 to play in the opening quarter.

Lowell’s second-quarter scores came on a three-yard run by Gabe Gorman and Osborne’s electrifying 100-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter.

The Red Arrows’ lone second-half score came in the third quarter on an Osborne three-yard run.

Reeths-Puffer dented the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when Jordan Riley busted into the end zone from three yards out.

Dean led all Lowell rushers with 150 yards. Ligham has a team-leading four receptions for 58 yards and Anderson was 3-for-3 for 37 yards and a touchdown.

The defense held Reeths-puffer to 140 yard on the ground and 56 through the air.

The statistics and score were secondary on this night, it’s the event everyone wanted to talk about.

“The overall event is awesome. It’s hard to quantify,” said Lowell football coach Noel Dean. “So much emotion.”

Through three years of the project the Pink Arrow effort raised over $700,000. This year’s event could possibly raise that total to $1 million or more.

The win improved Lowell’s record to 3-0. The Red Arrows will host  Forest Hills Central (1-2) Friday. The Rangers walloped Creston Friday night 74-12.