By Jim Laise - email@example.com
STEPHENS CITY -- Formerly winless Sherando rode the legs of Taylor Loudan, Reid Entsminger and Isaiah Williams on Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium as the Warriors polished off visiting Washington (W.Va.), 41-7.
The victory for coach Bill Hall's Warriors (1-2) came after two straight defeats, a feat which had not occurred since 2003, Hall's first season at the Frederick County perennial power.
Washington dropped to 1-2.
Hall had bemoaned the Warriors' meager offense, which had averaged just 185 yards per game. But because of Loudan, Entsminger and Williams, that figure will improve.
Loudan rushed for an 241 yards on 13 carries. He had two touchdowns. Entsminger tallied about 63 yards and one score and Williams tallied 92 yards on 13 second-half carries. George Aston scored twice out of the backfield.
That amounted to 396 yards between the big three.
Sherando also pulled down three interceptions.
Sherando scored the first three times it had the ball and led 21-7 with 10:48 remaining in the first half when a lightning citing occurred and the game was suspended. The stadium emptied on a recommendation from the press box.
After almost a 20-minute break, the Warriors were back at it.
Loudan went off left tackle and then put on a burst in the Washington secondary for a 40-yard touchdown run. Tyler Clowser connected on the extra point.
Washington had scored on its first possession, a 10-yard play-action pass from quarterback Patrick Baylor to Mike Grant.
The game was tied at 7 with 8:57 left in the first quarter.
Loudan, a senior, set up Sherando's second score when he took a pitch from Entsminger, a junior, and rambled 24 yards to the Patriots' 11. The quarterback faked a pitch and kept it himself for the score. The Warriors owned a 14-7 lead with 8:57 showing in the first quarter.
In a possession that bled into the second quarter, Entsminger connected with Loudan on a screen pass. Loudan ran 25 yards diagonally into the end zone. Clowser's kick made it 21-7 with 10:48 to go.
After Loudan fair caught a punt to rest the ball at the Washington 23, the senior leader set up the next score. He blazed 73 yards to the Washington 1. From there, George Aston pushed into the end zone with 5:55 showing in the half. The score was 28-7 on the Clowser kick.
Joe Daley set up the next Sherando touchdown with a 44-yard interception return to the Washington 1. Aston took the pitch for the 1-yard score and Clowser was good for a 34-7 lead with 4:53 left.
Loudan capped the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run with 3:43 left in the first half.
The Warriors ran out of time as the halftime clock ended the half.
Hall started putting the ball on the ground starting with the last series of the half. He took out Loudan after the first series of the second half and midway through the third quarter had subbed out most of the starters.