Seneca Valley, shocked in the first quarter when its defense gave up points for the first time in 15 games, came back to punish Sherwood, 22-7, in a Montgomery County nonleague contest at Seneca Valley yesterday.
Streaks of eight team and 14 defensive shutouts were ended and the two time state champion's string of 28 victories was endangered with two minutes left in the initial period when Warrior halfback Eugene Lee threw an option pass 32 yards to Bill Heeley for a touchdown.
On fourth and two at the 32, Lee took a pitchout running to his right, stopped and fired across the field to Heeley on the left sideline, three steps behind cornerback Chris Murphy.
From that point, the Screaming Eagles showed their talons. Green and gold defenders limited Sherwood, now 2-1, to only 50 yards offense while forcing two fumbles and an interception.
Right linebacker Jim Collins spear-headed the defense, dropping Warrior runners left and right and recovering a fumble in the end zone for the game's final touchdown with 6:01 left in the game.
Seneca Valley took the lead by marching 76 yards in 10 plays on its second possession after the Sherwood score. Halfback Mike Pope, who rushed 15 times for 124 yards and grabbed an interception, carried five times for 45 yards in the drive, including 13 yards for the touchdown.
Quarterback Jim Henriksen ran over for the two-point conversion, and the score stood 8-7 at intermission.
Sherwood's Lee, who was the only offensive weapon effective against Seneca, ran six times for 36 yards in the first half, but was held to 22 yards on 12 carries in the second half by the vengeful Eagle defenders. He finished with 90 of Sherwood's 109 yards total offense. Seneca Valley garnered 234 yards.
Lee's fumble set up the Eagle third-quarter touchdown. Ed Pierson recovered at the Sherwood 29, and after a 17-yard Pope run, Jacky Young went over standing up from the one, with 2:51 remaining in the third quarter.