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Sherando rips off Eagles in second half

September 17, 2005|By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va.

Sherando committed grand theft football on Friday.

The Warriors stole a couple of scores via their defense and then turned to Joe Oher to finish an inside job.

Oher rushed for 180 yards - including 147 and three touchdowns in the second half - to pick Hedgesville's collective pocket with a 32-0 pasting at Mumaw Stadium.

After spending the first half casing the Hedgesville defense, Sherando (2-1) blew the doors off the safe by using Oher on quick-hitting plays up the middle to take the Eagles for every red cent.

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"We were looking to see how they adjust along the front," Sherando coach Bill Hall said. "In the second half, we committed to stay tight and run between the tackles. We have had three years of it. (Oher) did a great job. For the last two years, we have been stronger in the second half."

Sherando spent much of the first half running slow-developing plays and draws. The Warriors managed just 35 offensive yards in the first half - 32 by Oher - for a 7-0 halftime lead.

The only score came when linebacker Josh Miller picked off a desperation chuck by Hedgesville quarterback Michael Lopez into the teeth of the defense and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown with 3:48 to go in the first quarter.

That was it and it didn't look like there would be much more, until Oher came out in the second half.

"They were more physical up front than us, and in the second half they took it to us," said Hedgesville coach David Lopez said. "In the first half, we played well and held (Oher) in check. But the more touches he gets, the more the chance is he's going to break one."

It took only five touches in the second half before Oher made his first mark, provided by another big defensive play.

Oher scored from the 1 to give Sherando a 14-0 lead after the Warriors took the ball from Hedgesville by strong-arm robbery. Hedgesville's Richard Lane powered to the right for a gain, but had the ball stripped from him by Brandon Ramey and returned to the Eagles' 21.

"You can't give the football to good football teams like that," David Lopez said. "Those two defensive plays put us behind and then they started to pound the ball. When they pounded the ball, the clock started to shrink. We didn't execute well and that's the bottom line."

Oher scored on runs of 63 and 30 in the third quarter as Sherando took a 29-0 lead by the end of the period. Place kicker Tyler Greatorex, who hit three extra points, added a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Sherando finished with 257 offensive yards, including 222 in the second half.

The Eagles didn't make much headway on offense with three turnovers. Michael Lopez was picked off twice while going 5 of 20 passing for 71 yards. The ground game managed 51 yards in 27 carries, led by Lane with 50 yards rushing.

"Those defensive plays were big," David Lopez said. "We were moving the ball and gave it up. Then we have to play catchup. We want to play power football and we end up having to throw."

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