SILVER SPRING – In a game billed as one of the best in the county, players on the 3-0 Sherwood varsity football team thought the 3-0 Springbrook Blue Devils would test them.
That, however, would not be the case.
Sherwood junior running back Travis Levy rushed for a career high 208 yards and four touchdowns, while West Virginia-bound wide receiver and free safety Marcus Simms added a score on both offense and defense to lead the Warriors to a 50-20 blowout victory.
It happened quickly too: the Warriors built a 14-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
On the opening drive, Sherwood’s offense marched 80 yards with little resistance before Levy punched the ball over the goal line in from one yard out for a touchdown.
Three minutes later, Simms delivered a highlight reel touchdown, picking up a forced fumble after a completion and zigzagging almost 60 yards to pay dirt.
“They got a slant quick in the flat and I could see he was carrying the ball loosely.” Simms said. “I knew he [Leo Hanrahan] was going to strip it. I saw a lane, hit it and got in the end zone.”
Springbrook refused to lose quietly, scoring late in the first quarter on a 20-yard pass from senior quarterback Lawrence Cadet to senior running back Shawn Cazeau.
Cazeau later added a touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 30 points.
He entered the game among the leading rushers in the county and, despite the loss, maintained his reputation.
The Warriors’ head coach Jason Lomax showered Cazeau and the rest of his team with praise.
“When we went in to make adjustments at the half we said that we wanted to win the second half. We wanted to give everyone we had.” Lomax said, later adding his team “gave it all they could.”
The second and third quarter became The Levy Show, as he racked up his 200-plus yards on just 16 carries, averaging 13 yards per tote.
He credited his offensive line with providing him plenty of running room.
“All off-season, I worked with them and today they really showed out,” Levy said.
Sherwood head coach Chris Grier agreed, saying he wanted to see how his team would respond if another team was able to limit Simms.
“We wanted to see if we could come out and run the ball.” Grier said. “I thought the offensive line did a great job.”
Springbrook (3-1) will have a chance to reclaim a victory next week against a Kennedy team who is having a down year at 0-4.
“Kennedy has an excellent staff, were going to have to play wit the same passion and heart that we had the first three games.” Lomax said. “We have to lick our wounds and make corrections. A lot of our guys don’t have the football acumen that the guys at Sherwood or Northwest have. But this is where we want to be. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen overnight.”
Unlike Springbrook, Sherwood (4-0) doesn’t have the luxury of facing a weaker opponent next week, taking on two-time defending state champion Northwest (3-1) at home in what is likely to be one of the Warriors’ toughest tests all year.
“It will be nice to have a full week [to prepare]” said Grier, noting the last two weeks have been short. “We need to get a couple of guys back. We have been preaching all year that no matter who we play, we have got to get better.”
Levy agreed with his coach’s assessment, adding the team had to “get in shape, work on fundamentals and be animals.”