Sherando smothers Cougars

[cleeng_content id="150263689" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Sherando, Va. had 43 points at the end of its comfortable win over Jefferson, but it was the Warrior defense that provided most of the highlights in Friday night’s 40-point win over the Cougars.

While it had some scattered success while throwing, Jefferson could not harm the Warriors with anything, anybody or any play when attempting to run.

With only a loss to Martinsburg doing damage to its season, Sherando improved its record to 4-1 overall with a third win over a West Virginia school. The Cougars went back to 3-2 overall after consecutive losses.

With about seven minutes remaining, the Warriors had limited Jefferson to just 34 rushing yards on 25 carries. There had been 12 Jefferson rushes that had resulted either in lost yardage or no gain.

The Cougars suffered through five turnovers, the first coming on only its second possession of the warm night.

Jefferson’s Delonte Berry tackles Sherando’s Josh Ojo.

Jefferson’s Delonte Berry tackles Sherando’s Josh Ojo.

After only two possessions, the Warriors had a 15-0 lead to protect. It was 29-3 by halftime where the much-anticipated program by the Jefferson band was performed to a appreciative audience.

Sherando received the second half kick and went goalward 64 yards in eight plays to increase its lead to 36-3.

To begin the fourth quarter, the Warriors scored again, traveling 50 yards in nine plays, all but one of them ground-hugging gains by either by Leequan Johnson or Reid Entsminger.

It was 43-3. And the reserves were on until the end.

Jefferson’s turnovers had been the reasons for much of the poor field position the Cougars faced throughout. Sherando never created an unstoppable offense, it just simply was helped by its defense’s gifts and an occasional long gainer that moved it to points.

The three Jefferson points were a true indication of how much the Sherando defense dominated the night … and helped the Warriors stay in the thick of the playoff race in Virginia.

And Jefferson couldn’t run. Without something on the ground, the Cougars had to digest a second straight loss.[/cleeng_content]

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