Louisa nips Sherando on late score

STEPHENS CITY – Job Whalen twisted over tackle for the score and then bulky Malik Bell chased it with a 2-point conversion throw Friday to give Louisa County a 22-21 victory over homestanding Sherando in a non-district football game. It was the first game for both teams.

Whalen took the ball at the 3 for the 6 and then watched as team leader Bell, built like a Mack truck, secured the Lions’ upset. Sherando beat this team 35-7 last year.

“We didn’t have the ball much. Maybe a series in the third quarter, a series or two in the fourth quarter,” said Sherando coach Bill Hall. “They’re a good team.”

Especially, Bell, a 6-foot-2, 253-pound quarterback-linebacker, who rushed for 142 yards, had two touchdowns and the pass for the deuce that won the game

Starting quarterback Hunter Entsminger, brother of the former Warrior quarterback and current Shepherd University player, was sacked six times for 41 yards, so Hall asked the sophomore signal-caller to go to the air.

Entsminger did so with good results. He completed eight of 13 passes in the first half for 108 yards and one touchdown.

With Pensioner’s lost yardage on sacks, the Warriors were only able to come up with 7 yards on four carries from its backs up to the intermission break.

T.J. Washington, who is one of the backs attempting to take the place of last year’s leading rusher D.J. Myers, touched the ball in the backfield just three times.

However, when he touched the ball on a punt return, he ran like the ceremonial horse whose run-up leads to kickoffs here.

Washington, a sophomore, caught the Louisa punt at his 38. He broke out of a clump of defenders and then sprinted to the left corner of the school-side end zone at Arrowhead Stadium.

The touchdown, along with the run for the 2-point conversion, gave the Warriors an 8-0 lead with 7:54 remaining in the first quarter.

The Lions were moving along with their offense to midfield when they fumbled. Defensive back Jacquari Hayes made the stop and Nathan Wagner recovered.

The miscue was one of six bobbles in the first half for the Lions, but they lost just one.

When Louisa got the ball again, it took over at the Sherando 30 due to a punt return.

After a penalty and several busted plays, Lions quarterback Bell connected with Kobie Washington for a 7-yard gain. After a carry by Jordan Cherry, QB Bell dialed his own number. He carried over from the 4. The 2-point attempt was stopped.

The score was 8-6 after one quarter.

Sherando’s last possession of the half brought it 6 points. Hall gambled twice on fourth down plays, which the Warriors converted.

Entsminger was particularly sharp, spreading the ball to several receivers, including all-stater Dylan Rivers. It was Rivers who hauled in the 13-yard pass from Entsminger for an insurance score. The point-after was blocked.

It was 14-6 at intermission.

The visitors were in tough trouble after having a punt blocked almost in their end zone in the third quarter. But when Sherando retrieved the ball, they fumbled it right back to its guest.

The Warriors (0-1) fumbled the ball three times and lost two. The Lions (1-0), coughed up the ball eight times but also lost just a pair.

Starting from their own half-yard lane, the Lions held the ball for much of the third period. They gave it up on punts, but when they got it back, they scooted.

Actually Bell was missing from the subsequent key drive. When he roughed up his throwing wrist, backup Zach Little came in and un-bottled a 65-yard bomb to RaQuan Jones.

Bell would blast over from the eight and the 2-point conversion tied the contest at 14-all.

Sherando sophomore running back T.J. Washington carried three times on the Warriors’ first possession of the fourth quarter. After having been stumped in the first three periods, Washington ripped off three straight runs. After a penalty he caught a touchdown pass of 15 yards.

Jacob Sites’ extra point gave the Warriors the 21-14 lead with 8:14 left in the game.

Contact Jim Laise at sports@nvdaily.com

Lions 22, Warriors 21
Louisa 6 0 0 16–22
Sherando 8 6 0 7–21
First quarter
S: Washington 52 punt return (Miller run), 7:54
L: Bell 5 run (Kick failed), :18
Second quarter
S: Rivers 7 pass from Entsminger (Kick blocked), :15
Fourth quarter
L: Bell 8 run (Cherry from Whalen), 11:55
S: Washington pass from Entsminger (Sites kick), 8:14
L: Whalen 8 run (Bell run), :12
First downs 22 10
Rushes-yards 69-345 20-6
Passing yards 83 187
Passing 5-12-0-0 16-21-2-0
Penalties-yards 10-55 6-40
Fumbles-lost 2-2 3-2
Punts-avg. 4-30.0 6-41.2
RUSHING: Louisa: Bell 31-148, Whalen 22-124, Jones 11-31, Cherry 2-21, Shelton 1-11, Sharpe 1-9, Richardson 1-1. Sherando: Washington 9-44, Hayes 1-3, Doleman 1-1, Entsminger 9-(minus 42).
PASSING: Louisa: Liddle 1-1-45-0-0, Bell 3-8-30-0-0, Whalen 1-3-8-0-0. Sherando: Entsminger 16-21-187-2-0.
RECEIVING: Louisa: Richardson 3-58, Cherry 1-13, Washington 1-12. Sherando: Rivers 3-52, Perry 3-39, Banks 4-39, Washington 2-32, Hayes 3-25, Wagner 1-0.