All-County Football Defense: Anderson was driver of Hubs' defense that nailed down opponents
North Hagerstown's Tre Anderson is The Herald-Mail's Washington County Football Defensive Player of the Year for 2012. (By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer)
Whether it was running the football, catching the football, returning the football or stopping opposing football carriers, he was willing to do anything necessary to help the Hubs.
Anderson might have been so willing because he was unable to do any of those things in 2011.
After blowing out his knee in the first game of his junior season, Anderson was determined to make an impact any way he could as a senior.
That impact was felt most on defense, where he filled the stat sheet and helped turn a bend-but-don’t-break unit into a steel trap that few teams escaped.
Anderson is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Football Defensive Player of the Year.
“I knew this year was do or die for me after sitting out last year,” Anderson said. “It cost me a lot in recruiting, confidence and self-esteem ... I came back this year ready to go and expecting to play well.”
There was no question Anderson was going to play. In fact, after the second game of the season, coach Dan Cunningham was concerned that Anderson was playing too much.
“He was playing linebacker, he was on the punt team, the punt return team, the kickoff team ... he never left the field,” Cunningham said. “We sat him down and told him he was doing to much. We had to get him off the field a little bit.”
The Hubs were lacking a big-play receiver, so Anderson moved from tailback — where he was sharing carries with Isaiah Keyes — to slot, which opened up the offense.
It also kept Anderson a little more fresh for defense, where he began to come into his own as a leader.
“He would constantly ask for film, and he and (defensive coach Roy) Shoemaker would bounce stuff off of each other,” Cunningham said. “It really came out before the Boonsboro game, when we were going through their plays and he was just calling out everybody’s assignments. You could see he was getting it.”
For Anderson, it was just a part of being a student.
“Watching film is just like studying for a test,” Anderson said. “You watch every lineman move, watch where the ball goes ... I felt like I had to learn it and call the plays. If I was clueless, the team would be clueless.”
Anderson finished the season with 66 tackles, including 44 solo stops. He had 7 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an interception, a blocked kick and five passes defended.
He hopes to play football in college and has had recent contact with New Hampshire, Towson, Shepherd and Shippensburg.
“I just want to play football for four years and get an education,” Anderson said. “If I can do that, I’ll be satisfied.”
Joining Anderson on the All-County First Team Defense are:
Sarosh Bukhari, DL, South Hagerstown