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As Sherwood's players and coaches gathered in the end zone for a postgame celebration following last night's 36-24 victory over host Richard Montgomery, someone yelled, "Let's hear it for the offensive line!"
A few members of the unit that helped Brian Gunderman rush for 222 yards stood up in acknowledgement. Junior tackle Paul Pinegar, who had missed the Warriors' previous two games because of a broken bone in his left foot, went one step further, smiling and taking a bow.
It was the kind of game in which an offensive lineman could feel proud. Sherwood never had to punt and, in addition to Gunderman's exploits, sophomore quarterback Deontay Twyman was nearly flawless, completing 11 of 14 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns -- one more than he had thrown in the Warriors' three previous games combined.
"Let me tell you something, Twyman is 14 and Gunderman is 15," said Sherwood's legendary coach, Al Thomas, noting that he had never been forced to rely so much on players so young before taking over at Sherwood this fall. "Twyman is 128 [pounds] and Gunderman, I don't know what he is, whatever it says in the program . But I tell you, Gunderson is a good little back, even though Twyman has been getting all the publicity."
Until the closing seconds, when Twyman knelt to run out the clock, Sherwood's only plays were rushes by Gunderman or passes. Most of the time, Gunderman and Twyman had plenty of room to operate despite an offensive line that Thomas feels is terribly undersized.
That is why the return of the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Pinegar was so important. After breaking the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, the first doctor to examine him put the foot in a cast and said he would not play the rest of the season. Unsatisfied with the diagnosis, Pinegar sought a second opinion. The second doctor told him to use crutches for two weeks and resume playing when he could stand the pain. Last night, Pinegar entered the game on Sherwood's second offensive series and played the rest of the game.
"I guess some broken bones, if you're tough, you can stay in there," Thomas said. "But if I had a broken bone, I'd be in a wheelchair."
Twyman got Sherwood (3-1, 3-0 Montgomery 4A East) started early, his first two passes going for touchdowns -- 17 yards to junior wide receiver Ben Everett and 77 yards to senior wide receiver Chris Sheahin. A one-yard touchdown pass from Twyman to Everett made it 20-0.
Richard Montgomery (1-3, 1-3) rallied on a 44-yard touchdown run by standout Steve Weedon (24 carries for 217 yards) and two short touchdown runs by junior Kevon Calhoun, making it 27-21 late in the third quarter. But after the teams traded field goals, Gunderman carried on six consecutive plays, scoring on a 15-yard touchdown on third and five to put the game away.