Yellowjackets headed for playoff’s
By Andy Mayberry
The Sheridan Yellowjackets completed their regular season schedule with a 20-0 win over the J. A. Fair War Eagles on Friday, November 6.
The victory gave the Yellowjackets a 10-0 record. This marks the first time that a Sheridan team has completed a perfect regular season since 1966.
Sheridan got on the scoreboard first when David Damron sprinted untouched 69 yards for a touchdown. Larry Campbell added an extra-point to give the Yellowjackets a 7-0 advantage with 7:19 remaining in the opening period.
Midway through the second quarter, Damron again excited the crowd as he took a punt at the Sheridan five yard line and ran it back to the War Eagle 31. The drive faltered, however, and Sheridan was forced to punt the ball away with 4:22 left in the half.
Just before halfime, Scott Herron caught a 23 yard pass from Brad LaRue to set up a 35 yard field-goal attempt. Campbell’s kick was not successful leaving Sheridan with a 7-0 lead at the half.
On third and seven at the J. A. Fair 38 yard line, Herron picked off a War Eagle pass at their 46 with 5:35 left in the third quarter. From there, the Yellowjackets marched down to the four yard line where Damron took the ball in for another touchdown. Campbell’s kick was good giving Sheridan a 14-0 lead late in the third period of play.
Following the kickoff, Herron intercepted another pass at the Yellowjackets’ 37 yard line. After driving the ball down to J. A. Fair’s 20, Sheridan faced a fourth down and five yards to go when LaRue hit Andy Crouse over the middle for an eight yard gain and a first down. On first and goal at the two, Damron scored his third touchdown of the evening to put Sheridan in front by a score of 20-0 with 6:58 remaining in the game. Campbell’s point-after attempt was blocked.
With the ball at the Sheridan 44 yard line, the War Eagles threw another pass into the arms of Herron at the Yellowjackets’ 20 yard line with 4:24 remaining.
Lance Wallingsford preserved the shutout as he picked off a pass in the end zone with only 27 seconds left in the game.
With the win, Sheridan not only raised its overall record to 10-0, but they also improved to 5-0 in the conference. J. A. Fair finished with a 3-6-1 overall record and a 2-3 record in the conference.
The Yellowjackets finished with 299 yards of total offense, of which 270 came on the ground.
Sheridan also held Earnest Franklin, J. A. Fair’s star running back, to just 32 yards on 21 carries. As a team, the War Eagles could manage only 132 yards due to the excellent play of the Yellowjackets’ entire defensive unit.
When asked if he had any comments, head coach Don Campbell replied, “10-0 says it all. You don’t get any better than that.
“I am tickled to death for the seniors. They went 0-10 as sophomores, 7-3-1 last year, and now this. Who would have ever believed this program would have turned around like this?”
Coach Campbell may have summed it up best when he said, “It was just one heck of a year.”
Sheridan’s year hasn’t come to an end yet, though. The Yellowjackets will play host to Trumann on Friday, November 13 in the first round of the class AAA state playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.