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Sept. 11, 2004

Warriors storm out of Blair with win

by Michael Bushnell, Page Editor

The Sherwood Stormin’ Warriors came into tonight’s game with a boatload of confidence following their win over Springbrook last week. With tonight's 42-13 win, they proved that they have a real shot at greatness this year.

Junior running back Brian Gunderman ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries as the Warriors (2-0) ground attack was more effective than FedEx’s in tonight’s 42-13 thrashing of Blair (0-2). Gunderman was exceptionally consistent, barreling over Blazer linebackers for consistent gains of 6-15 yards. His longest rush tonight went for a 30 yard gain.

Sophomore Dontay Twyman started at quarterback for the Warriors and was effective, going 9-16 for 123 yards and a pretty six-yard TD pass to junior Chris Sheahin, who had six receptions and was Twyman’s favorite target of the night. Ben Everett also made a nice pair of receptions as well for Sherwood.

Blair’s starter at quarterback tonight was junior Aaron Simon, making his varsity-starting debut in the team’s home opener. He was yanked by coach Jeffrey Seals after throwing just one pass, but was then put back in later in the game, continuing the platoon at QB between Simon and sophomore Ross Williams.

Williams was the better of the two Blazer quarterbacks tonight, though neither was stellar. Williams threw for 64 yards tonight, and each threw an interception in the fourth quarter; one to Gunderman, who played amazing on both sides of the ball, as well as one to Henry Amankwah.

Sherwood led 14-0 following a Gunderman touchdown to start the scoring frenzy, and then a Cory Estrain return of a blocked punt for a Sherwood touchdown. Blair senior Tim Yorro had his punt blocked by Shaun Robinson following a poor snap, which was recovered by Estrain who scampered into the end zone for the score.

The Warriors would stretch the lead to 21-0 before Blair’s most exciting play of the night. After refturning the Sherwood kickoff to their 49-yard line, Blair’s Michael Stewart finished the job on the first play from scrimmage. Stewart took the handoff and was able to get down the sideline for a 49 yard touchdown run that brought the Blair fans to their feet.

Yorro’s troubles continued with a poor punt and a fumble in the third quarter that cost Blair field position. He was not the only player who struggled, however; the offense was stagnant and the defense couldn’t stop Brian Gunderman, who averaged nearly eight yards a carry.

The two Michaels had the best performances for the Blazers. In addition to the 49 yard touchdown run, Michael Wright led the rushing attack with a total of 110 yards tonight. Michael Stewart was the team’s best receiver with three catches and over 40 yards receiving.

Two Blazers, including junior Jason Merriman, a star last year for JV, came down with cramping problems during the game. This was also an issue last season and worth noting.

Coach Seals, an assistant coach for 26 years at Blair, has gone 0-2 in his first two games as the Blazers' head coach.

While Blair will develop these new varsity players into excellent contributors, the Warriors may have reached that level already and could be poised for an excellent season ahead.

The Blazers are young and will get better as the season goes on, and will definitely contend next year, but tonight, it was all Sherwood.

NOTES: Blair’s kick return team of Jason Merriman and Michael Wright returned the ball past the 25 yard line on all but one kick…Charlie Byrne, a Junior for Sherwood may not have stood out in the game tonight, but he sure did on the roster sheet; Byrne checks in a 6’9" and 315 pounds, more than many NFL linemen. He played in the fourth quarter…Blair hosts Springbrook next Friday at 6:30 PM. They entered tonight 0-1.

Click here to stream the Blair Sports Network's highlights from this game.

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  • :( on September 11, 2004
  • which one is it? on September 12, 2004
    Brian Gunderman or Jeremy Gunderman?
  • Michael Bushnell (View Email) on September 12, 2004
    Brian. My bad.
  • tassadar on September 13, 2004
    ha the blazer team missed alot of good people you guys should try out.Bean that means you too
  • Bean on September 13, 2004

  • Joshua Garcia (View Email) on September 14, 2004
    Hey blair football team do ur thing. A lot of people will have something to say when ur down. But when ur up they will pop out out of no where. Dis is Josh im over at West Virginia State University to da entire team do ur thing.
  • Jordan Townsend (View Email) on September 16, 2004
    This is a message to all yall seniors that plan on playing in college. Go all out!!! Excecute and have fun!!Good luck with the rest of yall season.
  • Anonymous on September 17, 2004
    Does anyone know how to watch the games live online? I know last year ppl were able to, granted no one did.
  • Len Lo Presto (View Email) on September 18, 2004
    Excellent job. I am glad to see the head coach's name in the story as well as the student athletes. The military academies need to speak to the educator responsible for the team. The coach is a member of the team just like the players and is their leader. This is no different that our officers who lead our men. This is the only high school we have found in Maryland that mentioned the name of their coach.

    Good Job!

    Len Lo Presto
    Defensive Warfare Instructor
    High Energy Laser Facility
    Las Cruces NM 88002
  • Michael Bushnell (View Email) on September 19, 2004
    It's good to know I'm building a Las Cruces fan club. Las Cruces is a beautiful town, by the way. Thank you, Len, for reading, and everyone else for that matter.
  • chick hernandez (View Email) on September 21, 2004
    Is Jason Merriman the younger brother of Shawne Merriman who plays for the Terps!

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