SANDY SPRING – The Sherwood varsity football team extended its winning streak to six in a row Friday night at home, defeating Montgomery Blair 35-20.
Sherwood junior running back Travis Levy dominated the Blazers’ defense, rushing for more than 100 yards and four touchdowns.
“We’ve really been working hard. This game plan was basically to come out here and just pound them, and that’s what we did,” said Levy. “It worked out effectively.”
Levy’s performance helped alleviate some of Sherwood’s flag woes.
The Warriors tallied 19 penalties for 130 yards, including two calls for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“We’ve got to be sharper in practice and pay more attention to detail,” said Sherwood head coach Chris Grier. “Now that we’ve had a little bit of success, we’ve got to get used to being the team that’s going to get everybody’s best shot.”
Blair junior wide receiver Chris Butler set up the Blazers for their first points right before halftime with a 15-yard run into the red zone.
Junior quarterback Desmond Colby later sneaked across the plane from the one yard line for the score, cutting Sherwood’s lead to 14-7.
The Blazers tied the game at 14 in the third quarter on a botched punt by Warriors kicker Jeremy Harrison. Mayhem ensued at the goal line, with multiple players bobbling the ball.
However, Blair junior running back Kasim Brown landed directly on the ball in the end zone for the touchdown.
“Blair really stepped up their game, hats off to them,” said Grier. “They made it a game and they had a lot of momentum at the half.”
Sherwood’s defense showed no mercy for Colby.
Colby threw four interceptions throughout the night, including one caught by Sherwood senior cornerback Marcus Simms.
Another penalty on the Warriors negated Simms’ attempt at a touchdown after the interception.
“We played a very good football team,” said Blair head coach Andrew Fields. “They’re great athletes, they’re well coached. Both teams fought but the better team won tonight.”
The Warriors defense silenced Blair senior wide receiver Chris Green, who had a stand-out game last week against Springbrook.
However, Blair junior wide receiver Cliff Carter ran 50 yards into Sherwood territory in the fourth quarter, setting up junior Eric Zokouri with a 20-yard touchdown run as he ran to his left, broke tackles and dove into the end zone.
A Sherwood defender blocked kicker Brian Guzman’s extra point attempt.
Sherwood junior Leo Hanrahan, who also had an interception in the third quarter, collected the final points of the game, high-stepping into the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown.
“I’m proud of my team,” said Levy. “We faced some adversity at the half and we came together as a family to overcome it.”