Sherwood quarterback Deontay Twyman is making his job look easy again. And with one of the area's highest scoring offenses at his fingertips, that's a troubling notion for opponents as the playoffs approach.
Twyman had his best game of the season in the ninth-ranked Warriors' 48-20 win over Magruder on Friday night, completing 14 of 19 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. In his last two games, the junior is 26 for 35 with 426 yards and eight touchdowns.
A 25-7 loss to top-ranked Damascus on Oct. 20 didn't sit well with the Warriors (8-1) -- and particularly Twyman, who was picked off three times during what amounted to the team's biggest game of the season to that point.
While sifting through game film, Coach Al Thomas determined the problem was essentially a case of his quarterback being too good for his own good. Twyman was completing otherwise high-risk passes in practice with such efficiency that he was slipping into the bad habit of forcing those same throws during games.
So Twyman worked on reading his progressions and making the correct pass rather than the most spectacular pass, which aren't always one and the same. With a sure-handed receiving corps at his disposal, Twyman is keeping everyone busy. In Sherwood's last two games, five of Twyman's scores have gone to Ben Everett, two to Eric Morales and another to Matt Hough.
"The last two games he's been hot, no question about it," Thomas said. "But we've got some guys who can catch the ball for him."
It's not often that Damascus has been tested. But when the Hornets came back from only their second deficit of the season in a 16-14 win over Northwest on Friday, it satisfied Coach Dan Makosy's curiosity as to how his team would respond to a rare bout with adversity.
"They responded like you wouldn't believe," Makosy said. "They didn't have a scared look to them, they kind of had a [ticked]-off look. They came out and drove it down their throats."
Trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter, Damascus (9-0) put together the type of drive that has typified its season. The Hornets drove more than 70 yards for the score, all on carries by running back Steven Anderson, a performance that invoked visions of Matt Reidy, the All-Met running back who set a state record for rushing attempts in a single season.
"He had guys hanging on him," Makosy said of Anderson. "About every two plays I usually alternate Kyle Hogan in. Kyle tried to go out there and I said, 'Wait a minute, he's on a roll.' He wasn't going anywhere."
Wolverines End Well
With a 34-6 victory over Wootton on Friday, Watkins Mill has undergone a quiet turnaround under first-year coach Ivan Hicks. After finishing a combined 1-19 over the last two seasons, the Wolverines are 3-6 this year with the season finale against Springbrook (5-4) set for tomorrow.
Speaking of Springbrook, Derek Overton's 19-yard rushing touchdown with 1 minute 48 seconds left on Saturday gave the Blue Devils an 18-15 victory over Richard Montgomery, which had held the final Maryland 4A West playoff spot heading into the game.