By Nate Maczuzak - email@example.com
BUNKER HILL -- Sherando defeated Musselman 21-7 in a highly physical contest Friday at Waldeck Field.
The Warriors (2-0) rushed 47 times for 216 yards and all three of their touchdowns. Sherando running backs Joseph Ojo and Da'Ontre
Porter combined for 195 yards rushing and all three Warrior touchdowns.
"I thought we did a good job improving from Week 1 to Week 2," Sherando coach Bill Hall said. "We've just got to focus on us. If we do that, the rest usually takes care of itself. With the physicality of the game, I was pleased with the way we played."
Ojo carried the majority of the workload for the Warriors, carrying 30 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. Porter made the most of his 14 carries, finishing with 85 yards and two touchdowns.
"I was pleased with both those guys," Hall said. "I think those guys will be the first to point out that the big guys up front are really doing a good job. They've improved a lot this week. I think it gives us a nice one-two punch, and they can kinda spell each other. That's going to help us down the road when we do need to pass the ball."
Sherando quarterback Lucas Tunison completed 8 of 12 passes for 77 yards, while rushing for 21. He rattled off a huge 36-yard run in the fourth quarter that was negated on an offensive holding call.
"We played another good football team tonight and got beat," Musselman coach Denny Price said. "With our effort, I think there were a lot of positives to take away from this game and get ready for the next one.
"We're in Week 2, and we've played two teams that unless they play each other could go undefeated. [Loudoun County and Sherando] are both very good football teams. Our kids played tough last week, and we played tough again this week."
Musselman (0-2) was led offensively by quarterback Aron Shiley's 68 yards passing on a 6-for-10 night. Donell Ferguson pulled in four receptions for 43 yards. Backup quarterback Korey Jackson, who led the Applemen's only scoring drive of the night, rushed twice for 29 yards, and running backs Maverick Keller and Malik Hunter added 23 yards apiece on five and six carries, respectively.
Hunter put the Applemen on the board late in the fourth quarter after Jackson ran for 30 yards on an option keeper to set up a first-and goal at the Sherando 8.
Hunter took the next handoff eight yards up the middle to cut the Sherando lead to 21-7 with 2:39 to play, ending the Applemen's five-play, 47-yard scoring drive.
"I wish we would have finished a little stronger, but Musselman is a good ballclub," Hall said.
The Warriors got started quick, reeling off an 11-play, 65-yard scoring drive that Ojo finished with a seven-yard run after carrying the Warriors down the field with 7:17 left in the first quarter.
Tunison converted a fourth-and-11 with a 12-yard completion to wide receiver Cody Miller to keep the opening drive alive en route to a 7-0 lead.
The Warriors marched down field on their second possession, converting a fourth-and-4 at the Musselman 7, but the Applemen defense held, pushed the Warriors back and forced a 25-yard field goal try. Justin Haines' kick hit the left upright to keep the score at 7-0.
Sherando's Brady Cook ended the Applemen's ensuing drive with the first of two interceptions on the night. Cook made a diving catch on a tipped ball at midfield, setting up Porter's first score that capped the Warriors' three-play, 47-yard scoring drive. After a defensive pass interference call on the Applemen and a short run by Porter, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound back found a seam left for 27 yards and his first touchdown. Haines' PAT was good with 3:02 remaining in the half for a 14-0 lead.
After the teams traded punts to open the second half, the Warriors scored their final touchdown on a 15-play, 70-yard drive that Porter punched in from the 5-yard line on fourth down with :45 remaining in the third quarter. The Warriors fumbled but retained possession on second-and-10 deep in their own territory, setting up a third-and-17. But Sherando was able to keep the drive alive when it was awarded a replay of the down after an inadvertent whistle on the play. On the next play, Tunison found 6-foot-7 tight end Terry Wood over the middle for 14 yards and a first down.
"We just have to find a way to win some of these games," Price said. "We've got some tough guys, and we're going to have a good football team before the year's over."