By Tommy Keeler Jr. -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODSTOCK -- Matt Sherfey saw first hand what playoff football was all about. As Central made it to the postseason for the second year in a row, he was there on the sidelines.
Sherfey's brother, Sean, was one of the Falcons' top receivers in 2004 when Matt was a waterboy.
Matt Sherfey still thinks about that year and it motivates him as he tries to lead the Falcons back to those glory days.
"As a kid you always dream to play in the blue and gold on Friday night," Sherfey said. "Playing for Central is a privilege. When you think back to what they did and how great the feeling was to win, that's what we want to bring back. We want the kids coming up now to want to play in the blue and gold."
Sherfey said he was treated just like a little brother by most of the guys on the team in 2004. That was the last time the Falcons were in Group A -- until now.
This season Central returns to the single-A level, playing in the Shenandoah District. Sherfey will be leading the way at quarterback.
Sherfey is a self-proclaimed natural at the position, which he has played since he was 9 years old, and he understands the importance of leadership.
"I love being a leader," Sherfey said. "That's something I was born into, was being a leader. My dad's always told me to step up and take control.
"Being a quarterback really develops your character as a person overall. I really believe once you're a leader on the football field, you're a leader in the school, you're a leader in your town, you're a leader with your family and your friends."
Last year Sherfey came into the season thinking he would be the back-up behind John Baroncelli. By the end of the preseason, Sherfey had won the starting job and got his first taste of varsity action.
Sherfey had a strong year for the Falcons as he threw for 1,210 yards on 77-of-154 passing. His yardage is the most of any of this season's returning quarterbacks.
While he felt like he did well for his first year, Sherfey was more concerned with Central's 1-9 record.
"Personally, I just want to win," Sherfey said. "I hate losing. It's the worst feeling ever. Especially losing on your home field in front of all these fans out here. It's a big disappointment. That's my job is to help this team win."
The Falcons did have success during basketball season by finishing third in the Northwestern District. Sherfey, who played on the basketball team, said that success has carried over to football.
"I think everybody kind of got excited for basketball season," he said. "Everybody wants to take that winning attitude over to every sport. I think everybody will. I think everybody will have a winning attitude. I think this year's going to be a lot more positive."
Sherfey worked hard in the offseason in the weight room. He believes the added strength has helped him feel more confident to stay in the pocket longer and brace for a big hit.
"He had a good summer at camp and I think he really learned to read the defenses a little better," Yew said. "He's really learned to take what they're giving him instead of just looking for the deep ball."
Sherfey's development as a player and a leader led to him being named team captain for his final year.
"I'm going to really try to step up this year and be a leader and try to lead this team places," Sherfey said.