2015 Football: Returners, newcomers ready to lead Warriors

Sherando's Cordell Peterson breaks a tackle from James Wood's Dillon Manuel on his way for a touchdown during their contest last year in Stephens City. Rich Cooley/Daily file

STEPHENS CITY –Sherando lost a lot from last year’s team, but it also has plenty of pieces returning and some new faces ready to take on new roles.

Sherando coach Bill Hall said he wants to put the best 11 guys out on the field, regardless of positions, so it’s important for everyone to know the offense.

“I think we have good numbers. We just have to keep competing, making sure everybody can be interchangeable,” Hall said. “I think that’s the key to our offense is to have interchangeable parts. So when one goes down, then ‘whose the next best player I got,’ and you plug him in.”

That mentality is part of what has made Sherando a successful football program, including a trip to the Group 4A state final two years ago.

The Warriors return Patrick Minteer at quarterback. Last year Minteer threw for 1,740 yards, 25 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Things are a little unsettled at running back, where Hall said at least five players will see some time, including D.J. Myers, Cordell Peterson and Dylan Rivers who had a combined 297 yards last season.

“I think obviously situational football will dictate a lot of whose in the scheme in what situation,” Hall said. “But all five are options.”

Last season the Warriors ran LeeQuan Johnson 295 times, but Hall said having several backs split time could help keep all of them fresh and gives them the ability to run different types of plays.

“Options are a good thing as long as they’re meeting their expectations and the standard that we set for them,” Hall said.

Hall said the Warriors have some battles going on at wide receiver. Jacquari Hayes returns from last season, and Hall said Joey Weaver is showing some promise in his first year playing football.

There will be a slew of other players battling for playing time as well, and Hall said competition at the spot should bring out the best in everybody.

The 6-foot-3 225-pound Rivers will replace the graduated Brogan McPartland at tight end, while Kyle Warren and David Eppard return on the offensive line.

Hall said Ben Avery, Ke’Von Doleman and Hector Montalvo lead a group of players vying for playing time at the other offensive line spots.

One of Sherando’s strengths this year could be on the defensive line where the Warriors return Avery, Warren and Quayvon Doleman. Avery and Warren each started on the defensive line for Sherando for the last two years, and Doleman saw playing time there last year.

“That should be a real strength for us,” Hall said. “We’re going to play more odd [defensive fronts] than even [defensive fronts] this year.”

Rivers, a junior who has already received 13 Division I scholarship offers, leads the group of linebackers. Tyler Tinsman, Mitchell Shiley, Eppard and Garrett Poole will also see playing time at the spot according to Hall.

“The talent is there,” Hall said of the linebackers. “It boils down to those guys doing their job and executing. If everybody does their job then good things happen.”

In the secondary, Ke’Von Doleman and Cordell Peterson return for the Warriors. Hall said that a group of players including Collin Painter, Weaver, Hunter Entsminger, Travis Ferraro and Hayes will be vying for time in the defensive backfield.

Hall said there is also some competition going on in the kicking game as Rivers, Minteer and Joseph Doleman could be sharing some of the punting duties. He said that Jack Sites and Brandon Teets are battling for the place-kicking spot.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com