Princeton's T.J. Engleman finished with 245 yards rushing and two touchdowns while throwing for 297 yards and four scores as the Vikings outscored Anderson 58-45.

Princeton's T.J. Engleman finished with 245 yards rushing and two touchdowns while throwing for 297 yards and four scores as the Vikings outscored Anderson 58-45.

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/high-school/ohio-high-school/2021/08/19/princeton-footballs-backup-quarterback-rolls-vikings-anderson/8170127002/
 

Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown: Princeton backup QB steals show in win over Anderson

Scott Springer
Cincinnati Enquirer
 

 It wasn't an ideal situation for Princeton football coach Andre Parker in his season debut Thursday. On Monday he found out his starting quarterback would be standing on the sidelines with him.

Princeton took the field vs. Anderson minus last year's Greater Miami Conference passing leader, Mekhi Lynn, who has been sporting a soft cast on the thumb of his throwing hand. 

 
 
 View more photos of the game, click here.  
 

Enter 5-foot-8-inch, 160-pound sophomore T.J. Engleman. In his first varsity start, he was an elusive spinning wheel while running and able to loft the ball up to his lanky receivers.

Engleman finished with 245 yards rushing and two touchdowns while throwing for 297 yards and four scores as the Vikings outscored Anderson 58-45. The teams accounted for 1,197 yards of total offense with Princeton racking up 727 and Anderson 470.

"My offensive line put me in the right place," Engleman said. "The coaches made up the game plan for me. I'm just trying to fill in while QB1 (Lynn) is out. I'm just trying to look at my reads and run the right thing."

Maurice Borden of Princeton runs the ball against Anderson during the Skyline Crosstown Showdown on Friday, Aug. 19, 2021
 

Added Coach Parker, "We knew Day One what TJ was. He came out and was very calm. He made one or two misreads. Even after his mistakes, he was ready to bounce back. He's a gamer. It's just the beginning for him."

Engleman got the scoring underway with a 79-yard third-down scamper with 3:32 left in the first quarter. After that, he knew he belonged.

By half's end, Engleman had run for 169 yards and a score and thrown for 101 yards and a late-second quarter touchdown to Rodney Harris Jr.  Princeton led by 11, 28-17 at the break.

More:Can St. Xavier be dethroned as GCL-South football champ by Elder, La Salle or Moeller?

"Those boys make me look good," Engleman said of Harris and Myers.

T.J. Engleman of Princeton runs the ball for a touchdown against Anderson during the Skyline Crosstown Showdown on Friday, Aug. 19, 2021.
 

But, what Anderson lacks in defense, they make up for in perpetual offense. Griffin Scalf, who also made his first varsity start had consecutive scoring passes to Evan Upchurch to give Anderson a 31-28 lead with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter.

They would not lead again. 

The Vikings scored 24 straight points and led 52-31 after a Cole Walker field goal. Anderson added two more scoring passes from Scalf to Joey Faulkner, but time and turnovers cost them.

More:WATCH: Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown football opener preview of Anderson at Princeton

Wearing red now, Andre Parker still has not lost to Anderson since becoming a head coach in 2010. Most of those were as the Winton Woods coach and former Warrior Chris Oats and family were on hand to watch his first victory as a Viking.

Though he wasn't pleased with his defense, he was thrilled for the opening win.

"I've been coaching long enough to take the win and be happy about it," Parker said grinning. "Deep down, I have some things that are unsettling that I have to fix."

Anderson coach Evan Dreyer's offenses typically feature a 3,000-plus yard passer and this year looks like no exception. Junior Scalf was 33-for-53 for 462 yards with six touchdown passes. Faulkner finished with 11 catches for 201 yards with two scores and Upchurch had seven for 154 and four touchdowns. 

Lynn said prior to the game that he expects to be back in a week or two. He is a quarterback commit at Buffalo where former Princeton coach Mike Daniels is on staff. Daniels kept up with his alma mater via Twitter during the game.

Engleman's game is similar.

"He's special," Daniels said via text. "He might be a little better."

Princeton will travel to Loveland on Friday, Aug. 27. Anderson will host Clinton-Massie the same night. 

ANDERSON    7   10  14  14  45

PRINCETON   7    21  21   9  58

P - Engleman 79-yard run (Walker kick)

A - Scalf 10-yard pass to Upchurch (Brooke kick)

P - Steele 1-yard run (Walker kick)

A - Scalf 56-yard pass to Upchurch (Brooke kick)

A - Brooke 36-yard FG

P - Borden 4-yard run (Walker kick)

P - Engleman 17-yard pass to Harris (Walker kick)

A - Scalf 32-yard pass to Upchurch (Brooke kick)

A - Scalf 23-yard pass to Upchurch (Brooke kick)

P - Engleman 5-yard pass to Myers, lateral to Borden (Walker kick)

P - Engleman 37-yard pass to Myers (Walker kick)

P - Engleman 28-yard pass to Harris (Walker kick)

P - Walker 32-yard FG

A - Scalf 27-yard pass to Faulkner (Brooke kick)

P - Engleman 6-yard run (Walker kick)

A-Scalf 26-yard pass to Faulkner (Upchurch kick)