Warriors ready for match-up with Gobblers

Bill Hall

Sherando football coach Bill Hall had to do a little extra work in the offseason to get ready for tonight’s contest with Broadway.

The Warriors are hosting the Gobblers for the first time in Hall’s 15 years at Sherando. Hall said in the offseason he tried to do a little research on the Gobblers since they were a new opponent.

“It’s not like you have a history with the coach or with them,” Hall said in a phone interview earlier this week. “So you’re kind of starting from scratch. So I did a little bit of preliminary work in the offseason just trying to figure out who they were in terms of an identity, and they’ve stayed true to that. Because what you see in film isn’t always what you get in a ball game.”

Broadway is still searching for its first win, while Sherando is undefeated.

Hall said the Gobblers are different from their first two opponents in terms of scheme. He said they are more of a spread offense, and on defense they use a 3-4 front.

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The Gobblers lost 32-22 last week to Skyline. Broadway freshman quarterback Bryce Suters threw for 161 yards. He also ran for 113 yards.

“He’s young, but he definitely shows a lot of potential,” Hall said of Suters. “And you can definitely see why he’s playing right now.”

Broadway running back Brandon Cruz had 137 yards rushing against Skyline.

Sherando’s defense has been stellar in its first two games this season.

The Warriors are allowing only 10 points and 123.5 yards per contest.

Hall said that Broadway likes to blitz on defense more than the Warriors’ first two opponents.

Sherando’s offense has shined in its first two contests. The Warriors are averaging 53 points and 387 yards per game.

Sherando junior quarterback Hunter Entsminger threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-12 win over Jefferson, West Virginia last week.

“This is year 3 in terms of him in our offense,” Hall said of Entsminger. “He has a great understanding of what we want to do. And I think it helps bring a level of comfort to those other guys. From a standpoint of if they’re not quite clear about something, they can ask Hunter and he knows exactly what they’re supposed to do. So I think it’s good for all our guys from a comfort level. But that just shows how in total control of the offense he is. That comes from all the prep work he’s put in, in the offseason.”

Sherando junior fullback JoJo Doleman also had a strong game both running and receiving last week. Doleman had 47 yards rushing with two touchdowns and had two catches for 92 yards and one touchdown.

Hall said that Doleman, who is also one of the team’s top linebackers, adds to Sherando’s balanced offense.

“He is such a great athlete and he’s such a dynamic player for us on defense, we’re just trying to show what he can do and take advantage of his athleticism,” Hall said. “Just so you’re not featuring one or keying in on one person. We try to distribute the ball to all those guys.”

Sherando’s Isaiah Allen and Ke’Von Doleman returned from injury last week and Hall said that helps give them even more depth on both sides of the ball.

The Warriors have built early leads in each of their first two games, which has allowed Hall to find playing time for many of the players on the squad.

“All those guys put in a lot of time,” Hall said. “So it’s always nice when you get a lot of people playing time. In a perfect world every kid would play every ball game. But that’s not always reality. So when you do get a chance to get guys some time it’s a good thing.”