Warriors ready for another tough test

Sherando's Nathan Wagner hits Washington's wide receiver Parker Jackson during first quarter action on Sept. 9 in Stephens City. Wagner's hit forced a Washington interception on the play. The Warriors play at Eastern View tonight. Rich Cooley/Daily file

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando has had a tough schedule to start the season. That won’t change at 7 p.m. today when the Warriors travel to face Eastern View.

Sherando coach Bill Hall said he likes to play a tough schedule, and he said he expects another tough game tonight.

“They’re always a good opponent, well-coached physical team,” Hall said. “They’ve been really good so far this year. I think for us, we’ve been tested. The first two games have set us up – we’ve been in tough games like this. It will be another good test for us.”

The Cyclones, coached by former Central coach Greg Hatfield, are 3-0 and are coming off their most impressive win of the season – a 38-31 overtime victory over Chancellor.

Eastern View running back Montrez Orange had the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a screen pass from quarterback Eddie Russell. Russell threw three touchdown passes in the game, but also had three interceptions. Orange was one of two running backs to go over 100 yards rushing in the win.

Hall said that Eastern View has a lot of size on the offensive and defensive lines.

Eastern View’s D’Ago Hunter can make plays on both sides of the ball. He had a 91-yard touchdown reception in the victory over Chancellor, and he also plays at safety.

“He’s a very dynamic player for them,” Hall said of Hunter. “He’s not the biggest in stature, but really great player, high energy gets after it, good competitor.”

Hall said Hunter did not play in last year’s meeting between the two teams, a 42-21 win for Sherando, due to an injury.

Sherando started the season off with a 22-21 loss to Louisa. Hall and the players said they did not play up to their potential in that game, but felt they played much better in a 35-28 loss to Martinsburg on Sept. 2.

“(Against) Martinsburg I thought we stepped it up a lot – we grew up,” Sherando linebacker/tight end Dylan Rivers said. “Hopefully we can just build from there and hopefully this season goes the way we want it to.”

The Warriors bounced back with a resounding 71-13 victory over Washington, West Virginia, last week. Sherando had 438 total yards of offense, and scored seven touchdowns in the opening quarter.

Sherando sophomore quarterback Hunter Entsminger has thrown for 392 yards and four touchdowns.

On the ground, Sherando sophomore T.J. Washington has rushed for 229 yards. Washington had six touchdowns, including five rushing, in the victory last week.

He also has two punt returns for touchdowns this season. Hall said the special teams unit has been one of the strong points for Sherando this season.

“We have a lot of really good guys on that unit,” Hall said. “I think they’ve been doing a good job. We’ve been explosive in our punt returns all year and (last) Friday night was no different.”

Sherando started the season off 0-2 for the first time in four years, and will be looking to avoid a 1-3 start against Eastern View.

Hall said he’s not concerned about the wins and losses, his team just needs to practice, execute and play the way they are capable.

“The difference between wins and losses are often a play here or there,” Hall said. “I think from my perspective it’s more about how we’re practicing. Are we staying true to the process and what we got to do every single day? And are we executing it the way we’re supposed to? Are we playing football the way we’re supposed to? When we do all those things the winning will take care of itself.

“I think as long as we pay attention to those things and continue to progress good things will happen down the road.”

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