ROME, Ga. — Adam Anderson was hungry like the Rome Wolves on Friday night.
Anderson was responsible for at least 3.5 sacks against Class 6A Harrison and the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Justin Fields.
Fields had to pull off his own Houdini act at times to contribute to three scores in a 33-21 loss to Class 5A defending champs.
“I thought Adam was fantastic at times,” Rome coach John Reid said. “Then at times, the other kid [Fields] showed just how fantastic he was, too. I think [the game] was everything everybody wanted to pay and go see.”
Anderson deserved the game’s MVP award. Check out his dominating highlight reel captured by SEC Country videographer Nate Gettleman in the above clip.
Adam Anderson had a night chasing 5-star QB Justin Fields
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Anderson delivered constant pressure to Fields all evening, but he had help. JaMarcus Chatman, a 2018 Tennessee commit, also harassed Fields. So did Ja’Quon Griffin, a 2018 LSU commit.
That defensive front is at least the best in Georgia this year. It might be best in the nation outside of IMG Academy.
“The game plan was to try to keep [Fields] boxed in and try to make him feel uncomfortable,” Anderson said.
But perhaps the biggest play that Anderson made all night led to the game’s first points.
He had all those sacks in his stat column, but also a tone-setting forced fumble.
Anderson got a mitt on Fields in a dead sprint in the open field, but then he took that handful of jersey and brought him in close enough to punch the ball out.
“After that, it was like the whole atmosphere changed for us then,” Anderson said. “It was like time to show up now.”
The ball sailed into the waiting arms of Griffin, who brought it in and rambled some 50 yards for a 7-0 Rome lead.
Anderson and Fields had a moment where they exchanged smiles and laughs prior to the opening coin toss. They also met up briefly after the game.
Mutual respect. These two met up and had a quick chat after Rome's win. pic.twitter.com/gQn6IYszWa
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) August 26, 2017
The nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker prospect said that he considers Fields one of the very best players he’s ever competed against.
“You can’t tell if he is going to run the ball or pass it,” Anderson said. “It makes it hard for a D-end to figure out most of the time.”
Could the two be teammates at the college level one day? There is the chance.