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Sherando scores with its seven first-half possessions

By Staff | Sep 8, 2017

Chronicle photo by David Pennock A hoard of Cougar defenders attempt to bring down a Sherando runner during last Friday’s matchup in Shenandoah Junction. Jefferson lost the game 48-12. The Cougars take on the Musselman Applemen tonight in Inwood.

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – Making touchdowns appear as if they were routine, Sherando scored with its three possessions in the first quarter, and then added four more touchdowns with its first four possessions of the second quarter to assume a 48-0 lead over host Jefferson.

The Warriors weren’t flawless, however, because they had no fewer than four touchdowns called back because of penalties.

After the halftime break, Sherando searched through its roster for ready reserves, sophomores and those down on the depth chart to complete its second win of the young season.

Jefferson scored the only points after halftime and the count ended at 48-12. The Warriors had outscored their first two opponents, 106-20. Jefferson had been outpointed 100-25 in its two losses to begin the 2017 season.

The quickest of the Sherando runner/scorers was Timonjah Washington, who had feasted on the James Wood defense for six touchdowns in the season-opening win. Washington completed the initial Warrior drive with a 10-yard scoring run. It was 14-0 after he ran for 50 yards through a broken field of potential tacklers.

After a 55-yard pass from Hunter Entsminger to Washington had Sherando poised to score again, Joe Doleman finished that quick-strike drive on a two-yard run.

The first of Sherando’s four second-quarter scores came on another two-yard carry by Doleman. Mike Perry got into the Jefferson end zone from the one; Entsminger threw 67 yards to Doleman; and Washington accepted a 32-yard swing pass to make it 48-0.

It had been seven Sherando possessions and seven touchdowns.

The Cougars are on the road tonight for the first time this season when they see unbeaten Musselman – 2-0 after wins over Spring Mills and Chestnut Ridge, Pennsylvania.

Following the bout against the Applemen, Jefferson will complete its home schedule with three consecutive games against Hedgesville on Sept. 16, Keyser on Sept. 22 and Spring Mills on Oct.6. The Cougars are idle the weekend of Sept. 29-30.

Sherando has Martinsburg in its future, and a 48- or 58-point effort is unlikely against the unbeaten Bulldogs.

The Warriors had made it look easy against the Cougars, just as they had the week before against the Colonels of James Wood.