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Sherwood blanked in 2012 opener

Sherwood running back Ben Williams, left, tries to break through the Trinity defense Friday night in the Eagles' season opener. Williams and the Eagles struggled, however, and fell, 28-0. (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

Sherwood running back Ben Williams, left, tries to break through the Trinity defense Friday night in the Eagles' season opener. Williams and the Eagles struggled, however, and fell, 28-0. (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

BY TIMOTHY THREADCRAFT

SPECIAL TO THE HERALD

ALBANY — Sherwood Academy’s 2012 campaign got off to a rocky start at the Sam J. Smith Complex on Friday night, as the Eagles fell, 28-0, at home against Dublin’s Trinity Christian Crusaders.

Though the Eagles struggled offensively, senior wideouts T.J. Clay and Chandler Tabb provided some hope for the future with big plays in the passing game.

The two virtually carried the offense on their backs Friday, combining for eight receptions and 103 yards.

Clay said he knows what his team must do going forward.

“We just have to have heart and stay focused, that’s basically it,” he said.

Trinity Christian’s rushing attack was so effective Friday, the Crusaders had no need for a passing game.

Between sophomore Wyatt Payne, senior Josh Fennell, and junior Stephone Johnson, the Crusaders churned out 212 tough yards and chewed away at the clock all evening.

Turns out, that was the game plan.

“We hadn’t settled on our quarterback yet. We had a senior and a sophomore, and nobody’s really stepped up and took the job. We wanted to take the ball out of their hands and not let them lose the game,” Trinity head coach Buddy Woodard said.

A football team’s youth will always be reflected in the turnover ratio — and Sherwood showed its Friday.

After almost three full scoreless quarters, Trinity would find the end zone first on a 29-yard Payne reception that came just a couple of plays after recovering Clay’s fumble on a punt return.

On the Eagles’ next possession, Chandler Tabb fumbled while fighting for extra yardage — another turnover that led to a Crusaders touchdown. Head coach Otis

Covington was unfazed by the loss and was able to find some positives even in defeat.

“We’re going to hopefully bounce back and continue to improve,” said the second-year Eagles coach. “We don’t have a lot of big bodies, so we’ll just have to prepare them as much as possible schematically to do things that give us a speed advantage. If we can eliminate the mistakes, I think we’ll be in every game we play from here on out.”

In addition to the lack of depth and turnovers, conditioning played a big role in the loss. The Eagles’ most versatile playmaker, Clay, took snaps as a punter, defensive back and receiver, causing him to get gassed late in the game.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, their biggest weaknesses played into the Crusaders’ greatest strengths Friday.

“In the first half, we were able to stop them from running inside, but they started to go outside and stretch us out, then the fatigue set in,” Covington said.

The Eagles’ next game has them traveling to Tiftarea to take on the Panthers.

Comments

Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 8 months ago

Are you serious? Just disband the program. When was the last time SCA had a winning record? Ever?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Ted Knapp managed to schedule the weakest teams in AA and A in 2009 and get a 6-4 record for the first time in SCA History. Big WHOOP!! GOAL Football Scholarshipts helped boost SCA to a 7-2 record in 2009 under Coach Whatzit from Albany High and since then it has been a little bit down hill.....................last year SCA just quit posting their game results on the GISA Board which is sad.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 8 months ago

I stopped following SCA football a while ago, and I never knew they had such a good year in 2009. I guessed they started following in DWS' footsteps and started recruiting from the GHSA schools around town, and then shipping them back after football/basketball season.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Covington "unfazed by the loss and ...........hopeful........" Deer in Headlights.

Says it all. SCA will be lucky to go 1-9 again this year. Agree with S_E_A....football should be stopped before somebody gets hurt real bad.

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Margie 1 year, 8 months ago

One of the most important things that you are missing in all of this is that every young man that is out there on Sherwood's team wants to be there, and wouldn't have it any other way. You under your disguised sister_ruby don't get it nor understand what it means to these kids. They are not out there because parents make them, but because they want to, and they UNDERSTAND very well the challenges that they are against, and the possibility of them not have a winning season. THEY know it better than you or anyone else for that matter. BUT, they come to practice and they play with heart. To YOU and others whose heart and mind are so narrow, especially when it comes to SCA wouldn't understand that at all, because you are so busy looking for something to GOSSIP and speak negative about when it comes to Sherwood, no matter what the school attempts to do. The community as a whole would be a lot better if we all took the time to be proud and all of our children's accomplishments, no matter how small, and find the blessing in ALL things, even in a lost. YOU weren't at the game, and what you have before you is a newspaper article that doesn't give you the true picture of these kids. Yes, SCA lost, but they also won in many ways. They manage to keep the score 0-0 until half time. And with a young team, mistakes will happen, and the seasoned, bigger team will win. But, what you did not see, the two teams praying after the game, and SCA family taking time to show these guys that we are proud of them. I know we all keep track of numbers, who won, etc.., which is how the game is played. The majority of the players are freshmen and sophomores, with little to NO experience. In time, if they continue to play, these young men will be more experience. Why not considering being a fan, and support a local school program instead of with hate and off the wall gossip. As for Alum, I can only imagine his/her active role while attending SCA. Probably during the same thing, complaining, and doing nothing to help or support his/her school. The best rule to follow is say, nothing if you have nothing good, uplifting or refreshing to say about another. Also, remember you too will be judge according to how you judge others. Why not try planting some good seeds in favor of SCA, and watch the harvest. Better yet, go out and volunteer and offer your professional expertise for the game, that is, IF you got any to offer. Which I seriously doubt. Sister_ so call Ruby is on just about every post, which tells me a lot about this person life. Without the Albany Herald News and post sections, there wouldn't be a life.

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by Margie

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

"Without the Albany Herald News and post sections, there wouldn't be a life."

I know! Right??

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 8 months ago

Honey, someone is going to be hurt. Wasnt Shephard supposed to be their starting QB, but his parents made him quit due to multiple concussions?

I know they dropped to AA a few years ago and the competition isnt tough, even by GISA standards, but they are just embarassing themselves out there.

That whole, "being winners despite the score," kinda stops after pee-wee league and definitely after JV.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Margie, I've always tried my best to provide QUANTITY as well as QUALITY. I hope that I can always strive to meet those high standards.

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