Momentum changes:

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CHARLES TOWN — Washington and Sherando traded touchdowns as often as not. One team would lead. The other side would counter and take a lead of its own.

Washington receiver Derrick Brunson dives for a pass in the Sherando end zone in the game’s last two minutes.

Washington receiver Derrick Brunson dives for a pass in
the Sherando end zone in the game’s last two minutes.

Missed extra points came into play.

Finally, the Warriors moved to a 28-21 lead with a touchdown and a two-point conversion pass.

Back came the Patriots. They had a first down at the Sherando eight with time quickly fading off the fourth-quarter scoreboard at Marcus Field. After two running plays, it was third-and-goal from the two.

Washington had never been penalized in the game. Sherando had been penalized nine times for 70 yards and had several long runs negated by flags.

A Washington lineman was called for an obvious false start. The first penalty of the entire game was going to bite the Patriots. From the Sherando seven, the Patriot quarterback was hurried on two consecutive plays, finally being sacked for a nine-yard loss on fourth down.

The Warriors successfully ran out the clock with two first downs.

Sherando’s fourth and final score had been just enough. And the 28-21 score that had danced on the scoreboard stayed the same.

Washington had trumped Sherando’s 7-0 lead with a 52-yard sideline jaunt from Colin Gustines and 24-yard scoring pass from Harris to Kendell Smith. But the Patriots had missed a field goal and an extra point kick that would figure in each side’s strategy and maneuverings.

George Aston’s second Sherando score move the Warriors to a 14-13 lead.

Again, Gustines fled down the sidelines on an 89-yard scoring run. And when the Patriots converted a two-point pass play, they had moved back in front at 21-14.

Colin Gustines unleashes a pass early against Sherando.

Colin Gustines unleashes a pass early against Sherando.

The pendulum swung back to Sherando. Quarterback Reid Entsminger bolted through the wide-open Patriot defense that was chasing the would-be passer. He went 22 yards to score, but the extra-point kick missed and Washington still clung to a one-point lead.

It was getting late when Aston bulled in for his third score. A two-point conversion pass lifted the Warriors to their seven-point advantage.

And that’s where the scoring ended.

Gustines had rushed some 21 times for 213 yards.

Both teams had 2-1 records.

Momentum had bounced back and forth from team to team. Sherando took advantage of the final bounce.


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