Sherando makes most of opportunities

September 11, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

INWOOD, W.Va. - Musselman's rate of success at turning turnovers into points wouldn't knock anyone's socks off.

The Applemen intercepted a pass and pounced on two loose footballs in the first period of Friday's game against Sherando, but the opportunities blew away like Hurricane Frances as they failed to put any points on the scoreboard.

Conversely, Sherando made the most of its conversion opportunities, turning two interceptions into touchdowns as the Warriors blanked Musselman for the second straight time at Waldeck Field, 21-0.

"Not scoring any points came back to haunt us," said Musselman coach Denny Price. "We had an opportunity to take control of the game early."


Andrew Triggs had an interception on the fourth play of the game but Musselman (1-1) fumbled at the Sherando 23. Another opportunity following a fumble recovery was sidetracked on downs at the Sherando 22. A third shot at scoring went for naught when the Applemen stalled at the 15 and kicker Allen Kees had a 33-yard field goal attempt blocked.

However, Musselman's defense did a little bending, allowing pass completions of 27 and 35 yards in the second period before Sherando (1-1) missed a 33-yard field goal at the 8:17 mark of the second period.

After another Musselman drive stalled on downs, Sherando reached the Applemen 16 and faced a fourth-and-16 situation and a field goal attempt.

Following a timeout, the Sherando offense returned to the field and quarterback Jordan Gibson set up with three receivers wide right, scrambled out of the pocket to the right and found Brandon Millholland alone in the back of the end zone for six points with 27 seconds remaining in the first half.

Early in the third period, Musselman again pounced on a fumble, but quarterback Mike Marsh was in turn intercepted by Josh Headley, who side-stepped several would-be tacklers and raced in from 45 yards for a 14-0 Sherando lead.

Musselman used a 26-yard kickoff return and a 20-yard rush by D.J. Stephenson on the following possession to reach the Sherando 21, but Marsh was picked off by Lance Perry at the 11. Perry danced his way down the sidelines 87 yards to the Musselman 2, setting up a TD run by Joe Oher with 2:12 left in the third period.

"There's no question of how hard the kids played," Price said. "There were mental mistakes made ... lots of crucial blocking assignments were missed."

Musselman's defense allowed Sherando 195 yards of total offense, which would have been good enough to win many games, but not on a night when the Applemen were only able to generate 106 total yards, including 51 from Stephenson.

"We knew they had strength in their defense coming in," Price said.

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