Sherwood Coach Tom Crowell was nowhere to be found at the Maryland 4A semifinal between Damascus and Parkdale the day after his Warriors earned their second trip in three years to the state final on Friday.
Rather than scout this Friday's title game opponent, Crowell was 45 miles to the north, to watch his son, Scoots, play his final college football game for McDaniel College in Westminster. Scoots threw a touchdown pass and had six receptions to help the Greyhounds to a 21-7 victory over Moravian College.
"It was a good weekend for the Crowells," Tom Crowell said.
The elder Crowell witnessed Sherwood snap a five-game losing streak against Montgomery County rival Gaithersburg with a 26-14 victory on Friday night and earn a place in the 4A title game at 7 p.m. Friday at Ravens Stadium. They will face Parkdale, a 20-13 winner over Damascus. Though Crowell was not in attendance, he said his thoughts were often with the game.
"I couldn't stop thinking about it," Crowell said.
And for good reason. Sherwood (10-1) will face the area's leading rusher in Parkdale senior Kevin Beverly, who has totaled 2,167 yards on 254 carries and 21 touchdowns. The Panthers (10-1) have won seven straight by a 211-42 margin.
Parkdale "is not real complicated on offense, but what they do, they do very well," Crowell said. "Beverly is an outstanding back. We have our work cut out stopping him."
The Panthers' offense centers on Beverly and its running game. The Panthers have 42 rushing touchdowns and just seven receiving touchdowns -- including two by Beverly.
Sherwood counters with a balanced rushing attack led by senior running backs Romeje Richards and Josh Twyman, who have combined for more than 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. Opponents have scored just 7.2 points per game against the Warriors.