September 12, 2008

Fordyce Falls to Sheridan 20-7

Fordyce falls to Sheridan 20-7
By Andy Mayberry

On Friday, Sept. 11, the Sheridan Yellowjackets dominated the Fordyce Redbugs in a 20-7 win.

Sheridan received the opening kickoff in the end zone for a touchback. The Yellowjackets ran 6 minutes and 45 seconds off the clock as they slowly drove the ball 80 yards for the first score of the game. On first and goal from the nine, David Damron went untouched into the end zone, and Larry Campbell added the extra-point to give Sheridan a 7-0 lead with 5:15 remaining in the first quarter.

After three plays, Fordyce punted to the Sheridan 9 yard line. The Jackets fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, and Fordyce recovered. The Redbugs attempted a halfback pass from the seven on third down, but Scott Herron broke it up in the end zone. An unsuccessful field goal attempt gave Sheridan the ball on the 20 yard line with 1:48 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Sheridan began another scoring drive at the Redbug 47. With 6:08 left in the first half, Herron found the end zone from four yards out. Campbell’s kick was good again as the Yellowjackets took a 14-0 lead to the dressing room at halftime.

Fordyce received the second half kickoff at their own 24. After driving the ball down the field, Fordyce fumbled at the Sheridan 34 yard line, and Gary Brown recovered with 9:05 remaining in the third quarter.

The Yellowjackets used their strong running game to slowly grind out yardage on another time consuming drive. With 3:52 left in the quarter, Brown scored the third Sheridan touchdown from eight yards out. Campbell missed the extra-point, and Sheridan held a 20-0 lead.

Late in third quarter, Sheridan replaced its starters with the second and third teams.

With 4:28 left in the game, the Yellowjackets punted to the 50 yard line. On second and goal at the six, the Redbugs ran through the middle for their only score of the night. The extra-point was good, and Fordyce trailed 20-7 with 2:13 remaining in the game.

Sheridan kept possession of the ball for the final two minutes to secure the 20-7 win.

Sheridan is now 2-0 for the season.

Afterwards, Coach Don Campbell remarked, “We played well at times, but we didn’t play with the emotional intensity that we had last week. I thought we blocked decent at times, but other times we didn’t.

I was most pleased with the fact that we won the ballgame, and a lot of kids got to play. We got as many kids in the ballgame as we could, and still won.

I don’t think the kids are satisfied, and I’m not satisfied because I know they can play better. They just have to learn that every Friday night, they’ve got to tee it up and get after it.

We’ll get better; I guarantee it. It’ll take a better effort next week at Searcy.”

Individual leaders for Sheridan included: Scott Herron, 16 carries for 102 yards; Gary Brown, 17 carries for 101 yards; Willie Traylor, 11 carries for 57 yards; and David Damron, 10 carries for 43 yards.

As a team, the Yellowjackets rushed 65 times for 328 yards. The Jackets had 337 yards in total offense.

The Sheridan defense, led by Alan Holmes, Brand Moon, Phillip Clifford, and Steve Coleman, limited the Redbugs to 142 yards of total offense.

Sheridan’s next game will be at Searcy on Friday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

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