Sherwood 28, Whitman 7
Sherwood Coach Tom Crowell praised senior running backs Josh Twyman and Romeje Richards following the Warriors' 28-7 victory over host Whitman -- not because of their combined 287 yards rushing, but for the color of their jerseys.
Twyman and Richards easily bore the muddiest uniforms after playing on a wet field and were shining examples of how Sherwood got back to its winning ways: running the ball behind a big, powerful offensive line.
Twyman rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns, and Richards totaled 127 yards on 22 carries to help Sherwood remain perfect in Montgomery 4A. The Warriors totaled 303 yards.
"Myself and Romeje had numerous times to break a big run. Our line did a great job," Twyman said.
Both Whitman and Sherwood were playing for the first time in three weeks due to the sniper attacks that began on Oct. 2. Though the game was certainly sloppy at times as a result of the inactivity -- the teams combined for 16 penalties -- simply taking the field again was a pleasure.
"Going from thinking that we're never going to play again to a big win over Whitman is a great feeling," Richards said. "We have a lot of seniors on the team who were afraid their season was over."
Whitman (4-2) played without senior leading receiver Dan Engelstad (shoulder injury) and lost leading tackler Malcolm Thom to a knee injury early in the second half. A victory for Whitman would have solidified a playoff berth for the Vikings, who now likely need to win their remaining games to qualify for the postseason. Sherwood (6-0) is the only undefeated team in the conference, combining the county's best running game with a defense that has yielded three touchdowns all season.
Sherwood jumped ahead late in the first quarter on Twyman's 55-yard touchdown run. Whitman evened the score midway through the second quarter before Sherwood marched 57 yards in 54 seconds and took a 14-7 lead on Junior Young's touchdown catch with four seconds remaining in the half.