September 26, 2008

Yellowjackets Roll Past Rams 32-6

Yellowjackets roll past Rams
By Andy Mayberry

The Sheridan Yellowjackets remained undefeated as they rolled past the Hot Springs Lakeside Rams by a score of 32-6 on Friday, September 25.

Lakeside jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as Shannon New streaked 73 yards on the opening kickoff for the touchdown. The extra-point attempt failed.

Sheridan wasted little time in retaliating though. The Yellowjackets drove 62 yards in seven plays, using only two minutes and 47 seconds. With nine minutes remaining in the first quarter, Scott Herron scored from six yards out to tie the game at 6-6. Larry Campbell’s extra-point attempt missed.

With 8:21 left in the quarter, Phillip Clifford recovered a Lakeside fumble at the Rams’ 44 yard line. Sheridan took the ball to the 10 but turned the ball over on downs.

On fourth and 11 at the nine, Lakeside punted to the 30 yard line. With 1:10 left in the quarter, Brad LaRue threw a 16 yard scoring strike to Brett Epperson. A two-point conversion attempt failed, and Sheridan held a 12-6 lead.

Late in the half, Sheridan had possession of the ball on the Lakeside 10 yard line. The Yellowjackets fumbled, and Lakeside recovered as the first half came to an end.

Sheridan took the second half kickoff 82 yards down the field for a touchdown. David Damron ran the ball in from 15 yards away with 8:51 remaining in the third. A penalty nullified a successful two-point conversion, and the Jackets had to settle for an 18-6 lead.

After a Lakeside punt, Jason Smith finished off a 39 yard drive as he crashed into the end zone from the three yard line. Larry Campbell added the point after to give the Yellowjackets a commanding 25-6 lead.

Just three plays later, David Damron intercepted a pass on the Ram 48 yard line and ran it back to the 22. On third and nine from the 21, Willie Traylor ran past the Lakeside defenders to the end zone to widen Sheridan’s lead. Larry Campbell’s extra-point was good again, and Sheridan led 32-6 with 1:05 remaining in the third quarter.

Neither team scored in the fourth quarter and the game ended with the Yellowjackets winning by a margin of 32-6.

Sheridan improves its record to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play while Lakeside drops to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

The Yellowjackets dominated the game both offensively and defensively. Sheridan piled up 395 yards of total offense while Lakeside could only pick up 95 total yards.

Brad LaRue was 4 for 7 through the air for 99 yards and one touchdown.

Individual rushers for Sheridan included: Scott Herron, 15 carries for 113 yards; David Damron, 14 carries for 83 yards; Willie Traylor, 3 carries for 36 yards; and Gary Brown, 5 carries for 25 yards.

After the game, Coach Campbell remarked, “We played well in the second half. We didn’t play bad the first half, but we would either stop ourselves with a penalty or a fumble.

We didn’t execute very well in the first half, but we came out after halftime and played some football. We did a good job, but we need to play the whole game that way.”

Sheridan’s next game will be homecoming for the Yellowjackets. This will be October 2 against the Morrilton Devil Dogs at 7:30. Homecoming festivities will begin at 7 p.m.

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