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When Sherwood has the ball: QB Deontay Twyman leads an offense that has scored 38.3 points per game this season. The Warriors' strength lies in their multiplicity, as they will line up in an array of spread formations, use motion to create mismatches and attack every part of the field.
Twyman, who has thrown 33 touchdowns this season, is supported by a receiving corps that can handle the line drives regularly unleashed from his right arm. While WR Ben Everett has established himself as Twyman's favorite target, teammates Matt Hough and Eric Morales will find the pockets of just about any zone defense. Damascus defenders will need to keep pressure on Twyman. RB Brian Gunderman, who rushed for only 12 yards in the teams' first meeting, will be critical in keeping Damascus honest by forcing the defense to respect the run.
When Damascus has the ball: Damascus famously ran the same run play more than 40 times during its upset of Eleanor Roosevelt in the 2003 4A semifinals; in its 25-7 win over Sherwood this season, the Swarmin' Hornets passed only once. They are reminders that when Damascus finds success with a particular approach, it will not relent unless forced out of its game plan.
Running backs Steve Anderson and Kyle Hogan will pound the ball into the heart of Sherwood's front seven the same way they did on Oct. 21, to keep Twyman and Co. on the sidelines. But that's not to say that Damascus has a one-dimensional offense. The Hornets show multiple formations and could come out in the shotgun if Sherwood loads up against the run. QB Kyle Frazier has utilized play action impeccably when called upon.
-- Andrew Levine
Passing LeadersComp.-Att.-Int.Yds.TDsSherwood QB Deontay Twyman139-208-122,405 33Damascus Kyle Frazier43-7769510Rushing LeadersAtt.Yds.TDsSherwood RB Brian Gunderman16196818Damascus RB Kyle Hogan1911,24812Receiving LeadersRec.Yds.TDsSherwood WR Ben Everett641,30319Damascus Tommy Cosgrove111854