Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
After playing more than a year of football with quarterback Deontay Twyman, Sherwood wide receiver Ben Everett has come to an unusual conclusion about his team's offense.
"It's weird to admit," Everett said, "but with Deontay, our best plays are usual the ones that break down."
That held true again Friday night, when visiting No. 10 Sherwood beat Blake, 44-0, thanks largely to Twyman's ability to turn perilous scrambles into long touchdown passes. The junior quarterback threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns -- two of them to Everett -- and running back Brian Gunderman scored three times to propel Sherwood (3-0, 1-0) to a win over Blake (1-2, 0-1) in the Montgomery County opener for both teams.
"I love it when I have to hurry out of the pocket and make something happen," Twyman said. "I can throw when I'm standing still, but I like running better.
"When people are chasing me, that's when things get really exciting."
Twyman completed only 8 of 12 passes, but the quarterback packed excitement into each one of his throws. His first completion in the first quarter typified his night. After three Blake defenders flushed him out of the pocket, Twyman looked downfield and threw a 45-yard touchdown strike to Carter Willson. Five minutes later, Twyman completed a similar run-and-gun touchdown pass, this time to Everett for 80 yards.
When Twyman took breaks from tormenting the Bengals' defense, Gunderman filled in. The senior ran seven times for 62 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He came out of the game because of a cramp in his leg during the third quarter. Then, as an encore, he ran back on the field late in the quarter and returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown.
"They have a quick-strike offense, and they did everything right," Blake Coach Tom Nazzaro said. "We haven't seen a team that well rounded yet. We definitely haven't seen a quarterback like that. He made some very impressive passes."
Twyman, a second-year starter, has made a habit of surprising opponents. He threw for 2,143 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore last season but, because he weighs less than 140 pounds, college recruiters have rarely shown interest in him.
"Hopefully they start to notice that I can make big plays," Twyman said. "My main thing now, though, is winning a state championship. If our offense keeps playing like this, that could happen."
Said Everett: "He makes unbelievable plays. I just know that when he starts scrambling, I'm turning to go deep. I know he'll find me."