Sherwood 17, Blake 7

Reprinted from yesterday's late editions

Sherwood senior wide receiver Chris Sheahin often thinks about his old teammates at Good Counsel, especially after the Falcons ascended to the top spot in The Post's Top 20 earlier this week.

"I'm really happy for those guys," said Sheahin, who transferred to Good Counsel for his junior year, but returned to Sherwood this year. "They deserve it."

But not for one second does Sheahin regret his decision to return to Sherwood. And the Warriors are glad he's back. Friday night, despite playing with a hip pointer that kept him out of practice for much of this week, Sheahin caught eight passes for 130 yards and a touchdown to help Sherwood defeat Blake, 17-7, in a Montgomery County 4A East Division game in front of 2,800 in Sandy Spring.

With the victory, the Warriors (6-2, 4-1) took a big step in their quest for a Maryland 4A West Region playoff berth and likely eliminated Blake (5-3, 3-3) from postseason contention.

At 5 feet 11 and 175 pounds, Sheahin does not stand out on the sideline. But he is fast, runs precise routs, uses his hands -- not his body -- to catch the ball and he does not drop passes thrown near him. For the season he has 42 receptions for 829 yards and seven touchdowns.

"Great speed, great hands," Sherwood Coach Al Thomas said of Sheahin. "I don't know why every Division I college in America isn't recruiting that kid."

With Sheahin, junior wide receiver Ben Everett (three receptions, 84 yards) and sophomore quarterback Deontay Twyman (13 of 24, 234 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception), the Warriors have one of the top aerial attacks in the area. And big plays in the passing game set up all three Sherwood scores last night.

On the second play from scrimmage, Twyman rolled to his right and threw on the run to Sheahin, who had run a "go" pattern, for 61 yards. Three plays later, from the Blake nine-yard line, Sheahin ran an "out" pattern, caught a pass from Twyman on the 2 and dove to the pylon for a score.

After Blake tied the game late in the second, a pass interference call and a 20-yard strike from Twyman to Everett set up junior Josh Firestone's 20-yard field goal. And on Sherwood's first possession of the second half, a 51-yard Twyman-to-Everett connection led to a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore Jamal Olatunde.

Sherwood senior Kenneth Riley turned in his second consecutive solid performance, contributing 76 yards on 20 carries. And the Sherwood defense played one of its best games of the season, limiting the Bengals to 152 yards of offense, picking off two passes and recovering a fumble. Most importantly, the Warriors allowed just one touchdown in three Blake possessions that started inside Sherwood territory.