Sherando Football Notebook: Warriors’ bench getting playing time in decisive victories

Will Hall Rich Cooley/Daily

STEPHENS CITY — One big positive for Sherando’s football team during three lopsided contests has been playing time for everyone on the team.

In the Warriors’ 77-7 victory over Broadway last Friday, the starters only played one half and many of the back-ups received plenty of playing time.

Sherando coach Bill Hall said the players really wanted to see senior reserve Danny Pacheco get a touchdown — and he did. Pacheco finished the game with 45 yards on six carries and scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter.

“The fact that we got everybody in, which was good, and the fact that we got Danny a touchdown, I think was big,” Hall said. “We got a lot of guys that put in time all year long. So you like to see those guys get opportunities and be successful once they’re in there. In order for Danny to score there was 10 other guys working real hard to make that happen and they wanted to see him score. So that was a good thing for everybody.”

Even though the starters were out of the game in the second half, they were still cheering hard for their teammates in the second half.

Danny Pacheco Rich Cooley/Daily

Sherando junior quarterback Hunter Entsminger said that it’s a lot of fun watching his teammates and they earned getting some playing time.

“It’s awesome,” Entsminger said. “You see them day-in, day-out come in and practice, and then just play on the scout team and get beat up by our first team defense, first team offense. Then to see them come out here and playing in a game is great. And it’s just great to cheer them on, and just to see all their hard work on scout team really paying off.”

SPECIAL MOMENT: Friday’s game featured a special moment for Hall as his son, Will, scored his first career varsity touchdown.

Junior tight end Will Hall was wide open and caught a 62-yard pass from Entsminger with 7:32 left in the second quarter.

“It was really special. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t.” Bill Hall said of his son’s touchdown. “He put a lot of time in for that opportunity. So he earned it just the same way all those other guys earned shots. He earned it. I was proud of him.

“It was a proud dad moment.”

Entsminger said it was special for him as well.

“Will’s one of my best friends,” Entsminger said. “It’s just great having that connection. And just seeing him there scoring his varsity touchdown was just a great, great feeling.”

DEFENSIVE PROWESS: Sherando’s defense is off to a strong start.

The Warriors have allowed just nine points and 116 yards per game.

In Sherando’s win over Broadway they held the Gobblers to just 103 yards and forced three turnovers.

One of the turnovers was caused by Mike Perry. The senior linebacker hit Broadway quarterback Nick Lohr leading to an interception by Sherando’s Joel Santmier.

“I remember coming off the edge and hitting (Lohr) and then the ball went up in the air and (Santmier) got the pick,” Perry said. “It was the greatest feeling.”

Perry said one key for the Warriors has been their ability to keep focused when the score isn’t close.

“You just got to think the scoreboard’s 0-0 and keep playing,” Perry said. “Every play, play 100 percent.”