STEPHENS CITY, Va. — After falling to West Virginia schools Martinsburg and Musselman in its first two games of the season, Sherando got its first win of the 2012 campaign when it defeated a third West Virginia school — Washington — on Friday at Arrowhead Stadium.
In winning, 41-7, the Warriors rushed for over 400 yards and had their defense intercept three Washington passes.
Both teams had 1-2 overall records after the first three weeks of the season. Washington has an open date this week.
Sherando managed to score touchdowns with its first three possessions. Washington’s only score came on a 10-yard pass from Patric Baylor to Michael Grant. With Sherando in front, 21-7, play had to be suspended because lightning was sighted.
When the game resumed, Sherando’s Taylor Loudan (255 rushing yards on 13 carries) scored again on a 42-yard run. Loudan had an earlier touchdown on a 27-yard screen pass from Reid Entsminger.
Minutes later, Loudan raced 74 yards to the Patriot one. George Aston scored from there.
A 46-yard interception return by Sherando’s Joe Daley carried all the way to the Washington one. Aston scored again on another very short run.
Loudan’s third touchdown (from 21 yards away) finalized the 41-7 count.
Sherando stayed with its rushing offense throughout the second half. Isaiah Williams did the bulk of the work for Coach Bill Hall’s team. Williams had 95 yards on 13 tries in the second half.
Trailing by a significant margin limited the number of options the Patriots had to get back into the game. Other than Grant’s TD catch in the early going, the Patriots couldn’t score again.