Myers has career night as Warriors top Cyclones
STEPHENS CITY – Running back D.J. Myers was the workhorse for Sherando’s football team Friday night against visiting Eastern View.
The senior had a career night in front of a packed homecoming crowd at Arrowhead Stadium, as he carried 43 times for 238 yards and three touchdowns in Sherando’s 42-21 victory over the Cyclones.
“I’m doing my job and my linemen were doing their job,” said Myers, who was surprised to hear his gaudy rushing totals that came after he didn’t record a carry in Sherando’s win last week. “We were just going out there to have fun. I’m glad I got a lot of carries and everything, that’s all I can say.”
As a team, Sherando (4-0) rushed for 301 yards and had only one running play go for negative yards, which came in the final two minutes with the game well in hand. Warriors head coach Bill Hall said Sherando thrived when running toward the opposite side of highly touted tight end Dylan Rivers, who drew plenty of attention from Eastern View’s defense.
Cyclones coach Greg Hatfield admitted after the game that Sherando’s offense simply wore down Eastern View’s defense.
“They were overloading towards him and obviously he was a key focal point for them run-wise and pass game, so I thought we did a good job adjusting,” Hall said. “And I think some of our tempo stuff was good. We got better as the game went on and I think we wore them down a little bit.”
The Cyclones (2-2) were the first to find the end zone, as they quickly marched 80 yards on 12 plays on the third possession of the game while putting Sherando’s defense on its heels with an up-tempo attack. Eastern View quarterback Josh Stallings plunged in from a yard out to cap the drive and give the Cyclones a 7-0 lead with 5:33 left in the first quarter.
But Sherando immediately responded by driving 76 yards to the end zone on nine plays on its next possession. Warriors quarterback Patrick Minteer got the drive started with a 32-yard play-action pass to a wide-open Garrett Poole, and a personal foul added onto the end of the play put Sherando at the Eastern View 29. Myers took over from there, rushing six times on the drive before scoring on a 2-yard run to tie the game at 7-7.
“(The offensive line) gave a heck of an effort,” said Myers, who averaged 5.5 yards per carry. “They were just pushing the line, pushing the load. Every time I ran the ball they were just giving me good blocks and everything.”
The Cyclones came right back with another scoring drive, a 63-yard jaunt that needed only six plays before Stallings found Kaden Woodward for a 30-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. But again the Warriors responded.
Myers broke off a 42-yard touchdown run on Sherando’s next possession to even the score at 14-all.
Sherando’s defense then settled in. The Warriors held Eastern View’s offense to zero net yards on its final three drives of the first half. Hall said it took the Warriors a few drives to adjust to the Cyclones’ tempo and speed on offense.
Eastern View ended the game with 297 yards of offense, including 164 yards rushing. Stallings had 19 carries for 110 yards.
“I didn’t know if we were mentally ready to go at the beginning of the game and I didn’t think we did a good job tackling, which, credit to them, but we have to make tackles in space,” Hall said.
“I think a lot of it had to do with tackling. They had some good schemes against things we were doing in terms of the option game and we had to make some adjustments there, but those plays early in the first half were more tackling than they were anything.”
A second big pass play to Poole on an identical route to his catch on Sherando’s first scoring drive set up the Warriors’ third touchdown of the first half, which came on Rivers’ 1-yard plunge, and Myers added a 2-yard scoring run with 31 seconds left in the half to send Sherando into halftime with a 28-21 lead.
Eastern View scored quickly on its first drive of the third quarter to cut the Warriors’ lead to a touchdown, but Sherando’s defense came up with a pair of turnovers – a fumble recovery and an interception by Travis Ferraro – to stymie two Cyclone drives in the second half.
Minteer (5-for-10, 117 yards, one touchdown) hooked up with Michael Perry for a 34-yard touchdown pass with 1:59 left in the third quarter to put Sherando back up by two scores, and the Warriors put together a long drive that ate up nearly seven minutes of clock in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Mitchell Shiley scored the Warriors’ final touchdown on an 11-yard run to cap the 75-yard drive.
Hall said he was proud to see his team respond to Eastern View’s second-half touchdown, particularly as the Warriors were still able to rely almost exclusively on the rushing attack while doing so.
“It wasn’t like it was a secret in terms of what we were gonna be doing there and the way that we did execute it and were successful, I think, says a lot about our guys,” Hall said.
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Warriors 42, Cyclones 21
Eastern View 7 7 7 0 – 21
Sherando 7 21 7 7 – 42
EV: Stallings 1 run (Walker kick), 5:33.
S: Myers 2 run (Sites kick), 1:34.
EV: Woodward 30 pass from Stallings (Walker kick), 11:09.
S: Myers 42 run (Sites kick), 8:44.
S: Rivers 1 run (Sites kick), 5:08.
S: Myers 2 run (Sites kick), 0:31.
EV: Johnson 14 pass from Stallings (Walker kick), 8:18.
S: Perry 34 pass from Minteer (Sites kick), 1:59.
S: Shiley 11 run (Sites kick), 4:55.
First downs 10 18
Rushes-yards 27-163 60-301
Passing yards 134 117
Comp-Att-TD-Int 11-25-2-2 5-10-1-0
Punts-avg. 5-24.0 3-38.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 5-56 8-60
RUSHING: Eastern View, Orange 8-54, Stallings 19-110; Sherando, Myers 43-238, Peterson 3-7, Rivers 3-8, Minteer 7-36, Poole 1-3, Shiley 1-11.
PASSING: Eastern View, Stallings 11-25-134-2-2; Sherando, Minteer 5-10-117-1-0.
RECEIVING: Eastern View, Easter 1-5, Thomas 2-22, Orange 3-34, Woodward 2-36, Johnson 3-37; Sherando, Poole 2-67, Rivers 2-16, Perry 1-34.