By Jamie West -- firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARLES TOWN -- It would have been fitting for the Washington Patriots to pick up their first win of the season on such a somber day that has brought out degrees of patriotism.
However, big plays by visiting Sherando, had Washington in some cases seeing red or feeling blue after a 41-0 white-washing on Friday.
Warrior speedster Dalton Boyd had 253 all-purpose yards and three receiving touchdowns, while Kadeem Blackwood scored on a 2-yard plunge and an interception return. J.J. Worker and Boyd each had an explosive day in the return game as well, giving the Warriors great field position on a number of occasions.
The Patriots also turned the ball over twice on interceptions, one coming on Zachary James' best Troy Polamalu impersonation.
Washington's first drive was its best of the night, as the Patriots moved the ball midway into Sherando territory. However, Patriot quarterback Bradley Jackson couldn't find his intended receiver on third down, leading to an early punt. It wouldn't be until their final drive of the game that Washington crossed the 50-yard line.
Sherando answered quickly, as quarterback Corey Rice and Boyd hooked up twice for big yardage, the latter a 52-yard touchdown reception off a screen play for a 6-0 lead after one quarter.
Worker's 53-yard punt return to the Washington 26 ignited a flurry of points for the Warriors in the second quarter. Sherando needed six plays to find the end zone again, with Blackwood following his two fullbacks into the end zone for a 13-0 lead.
On the ensuing Washington drive, Blackwood intercepted a Jackson pass and returned it 32 yards to put Sherando up by 20 points.
James' one-handed interception of another Jackson pass gave the Warriors the ball near midfield at the Patriots 49. The very next play was a screen pass to Boyd, who dodged a few would-be tacklers and scampered the rest of the way for a 27-0 halftime lead.
"We haven't been consistent this year [on offense]," Sherando coach Bill Hall said. "But if you can be consistent and keep getting first downs, then you have the chance to be explosive, and that's what I was most pleased about [tonight]. We were getting the first downs, which allowed us to stay on the field."
Boyd's 75-yard kickoff return gave the Warriors more prime real estate to begin the second half. Four plays later on fourth-and-1, Rice rolled left on a play-action pass and found receiver Nicholas Phillips in the back of the end zone for a 34-0 lead.
Boyd added his final touchdown with four and a half minutes left in the third, scoring on a 51-yard catch-and-run play.
Hall was particularly pleased with how his return game set things up.
"J.J. Worker is really good, probably one of the better [returners] I've coached in high school or college in terms of having a feel for it," Hall said. "But he'll be the first to tell you that the guys are doing a better job sustaining their blocks over the long haul, as opposed to just hitting and going.
"I think we did a good job putting some pressure on them and making them block longer."
Jackson sustained an injury to his leg in the fourth quarter and was replaced by freshman Tyler Wilt, who completed a pass for 8 yards and ran the ball five times for 19 yards. Dylan Nick also had 28 yards rushing on 18 carries for the Patriots.