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Sherando forced to stray from game plan

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Shane Lopsley, 10, of Stephens City, looks toward the scoreboard during Sherando's rain soaked game Saturday in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando quarterback Reid Entsminger show his frustration after throwing his third interception during their state championship game against Dinwiddie on Saturday at Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's George Aston (10) goes end over end after he is tackled by Dinwiddie's Rashaad Goodwyn. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Chase Wilde, 12, of Stephens City, sports a football mask during the cold and wet game Saturday in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando quarterback Reid Entsminger scrambles for yardage during their state final game Saturday against Dinwiddie in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando coach Bill Hall casts a solemn look after a turnover Saturday during their state final game against Dinwiddie. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's LeeQuan Johnson tries to ward off Dinwiddie's Rashard Hicks on this kickoff return during their state championship game in Lynchburg on Saturday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando coach Bill Hall speaks to his defense during a timeout during Saturday's state championship game in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando fullback George Aston (10) looks for running room as Dinwiddie's Rashaad Goodwyn grabs him during Saturday evening's state championship game in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's George Ashton (10) runs by Dinwiddie's Oneal Shell during Saturday's state football championship game in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's LeeQuan Johnson runs for yardage during their state championship game against Dinwiddie on Saturday in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's Killian McPartland (3) runs around Dinwiddie's Rashad Stewart on this kickoff return Saturday evening during the state championship game in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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George Aston hangs his head he walks off the field late in their championship game against Dinwiddie Saturday in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's Rhett Morris, left, and Reid Entsminger hang their heads as they walk off the field at Liberty University after losing to Dinwiddie 56-14 in the state championship finals Saturday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's Daniel Eppard turns the corner during this first-quarter touchdown pass reception Saturday during the state finals against Dinwiddie in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's Killian McPartland (3) is gang tackled on this kickoff reception. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sjherando's Reid Entsminger (8) and George Ashton (10) tackle Dinwiddie's Ja'quan Poarch for a loss during state championship action Saturday in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando cheerleader Sydney Phillips, 17, has a gloomy face during cold rain Saturday during the state finals. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's fan reflect the mood during the state final game against Dinwiddie on Saturday in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando quarterback Reid Entsminger tries to avoid a sack by Dinwiddie's John Branch during Saturday evening's state championship game in Lynchburg on Saturday. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando quarterback Reid Entsminger throws a pass near the end zone after heavy pressure from Dinwiddie Saturday in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Sherando's Reid Entsminger (8) scrambles for yardage during Saturday's Class 4A state finals in Lynchburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)


By Tommy Keeler Jr.

LYNCHBURG -- Sherando had a game plan coming into its Class 4A state football final with Dinwiddie on Saturday. The good news for the Warriors was the game plan worked. The bad news was they weren't able to use it enough.

Sherando wanted to keep the game close and run the ball, and early, in the eventual 56-14 loss, it worked perfectly.

"Our game plan coming in was we thought we could be a physical, downhill [running team] and do some good play action with them," Sherando coach Bill Hall said. "And I think that proved out pretty accurate."

The Warriors were able to take a 7-0 lead, and it appeared the Sherando offense would get the ball back after forcing a fourth down late in the first quarter. Dinwiddie's Ja'Quan Poarch pulled off a fake punt, and the Generals turned the momentum completely around.

Sherando turned the ball over on two of its next three possessions, both deep in Warriors' territory and quickly the Generals had a 28-7 lead and the game plan changed for Sherando.

"If you keep the game tight I think we showed that we were very successful running the ball," Hall said. "It kind of got us off our game plan when they got the lead like that."

Hall said the wet, rainy conditions also slowed down their passing game.

Sherando quarterback Reid Entsminger threw for 88 yards on 8 for 19 passing, but most of the passing came with the Warriors playing from behind.

Hall said the Warriors wanted to be more effective on first and second downs, and not face third-and-longs, which they did throughout the game.

"They put a lot of people deep," Hall said of Dinwiddie. "It was one of those things where you have to stay ahead of the chains, and we knew that going into it. So, obviously, if you get behind the chains all of a sudden you're playing into their hands in terms of what they're doing coverage-wise and what we can do attack-wise."

Sherando ran for 228 yards on 43 carries, including 136 yards from George Aston on 18 carries with a touchdown.

They just weren't able to run the ball enough and on their terms.

"Running the ball was working really good, but all of a sudden, just like that, they were up 21-7, 28-7," Aston said. "And even though the running game's working like it is, there's just not enough time in the game left because if we're running the ball the clock's also running down. And there's just not enough time to come back that much. So we have to pass the ball."

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com Follow on Twitter @tkeelernvd



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