Sherwood’s Larsen shows he’s grown up
Jordan Larsen, although a senior, had never been asked to bail his team out with a fourth quarter drive until Friday night against Churchill. Tied at 10 midway through the final period, not only was the region’s No. 2 seed hanging in the balance, but so was the judgment on just how much Larsen had matured under center this fall.
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Larsen engineered the best drive of his life, spanning 85 yards and capped off by Elijah Spottswood’s two-yard touchdown run that gave the Warriors the win. Larsen completed four of five passes in the fourth quarter for 109 yards, on a night when he completed just six passes overall.
“It was the first time I’ve ever needed to pull out a game in the fourth quarter. I had been in this situation last year in the Paint Branch game, but we were behind though. And we couldn’t do it. Our offense couldn’t pull it together,” said Larsen. “This time, we were able to do it.”
The difference between his junior and senior seasons have been dramatic for Larsen, who has thrown for over 300 yards the last two weeks after slogging through somewhat of a midseason slump. His numbers have been solidly consistent since the season opener, though, when he completed just seven passes and had two interceptions against Quince Orchard. In an offense dominated by the run, Larsen has six 100-yard passing games this season, with eight touchdowns and an additional five rushing scores. His best performance came two weeks ago in a 35-28 win over Northwest, when he threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Sherwood has won five straight heading into Friday’s first-round playoff game against No. 3 Catonsville (7-3). The Warriors have outscored their last five opponents, 175-41, and much of it has been attributed to the running game behind Spottswood and Moses Vines, the latter of whom has rushed for 952 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
The passing game has become a viable threat as the weeks have passed, and the coaching staff has designed a passing system that makes Larsen more comfortable. Bonavia said that his mechanics and understanding of coverages has gotten much better since the season started. But Larsen said that more than anything, when Bonavia told him to “calm down” right before the crucial fourth quarter drive last week against Churchill, that was when he knew he had arrived as Sherwood’s quarterback.
“They’ve shown they have confidence in me,” said Larsen. “It calms me down. It just lets me go out and execute.”