Sherrell puts on a clinic in rout of Aloha
The senior running back rushes for 272 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 rout of Aloha
Clackamas took no hostages in last Fridays football game with Aloha, scoring on its first four possessions of the game en route to a 35-7 victory.
The Warriors didnt have an answer for Clackamas 5-9, 170-pound running back Dan Sherrell, who rushed 20 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, and 26 times for 274 yards in the game. Using his quickness to sprint outside for big gains, as well as darting through holes in the Warrior line for big gains, Sherrell had his way with Aloha defenders.
Clackamas scored on 76, 87, 71 and 89-yard drives on its four possessions of the first half, with senior quarterback Doonie Johnson orchestrating the first two drives and senior quarterback Cade Wilkins orchestrating the next two.
Except for Alohas touchdown, scored against reserves with 5:21 left in the game, Aloha penetrated inside the Cavalier 20 only one time. Clackamas defense stopped Warrior drives on downs at the Clackamas 13 and at the Clackamas 24 on Alohas first two possessions of the game. After that, it was all Clackamas.
Sherrell went wide right four yards for a score just three minutes into the game, capping off a nine-play 76-yard drive.
Sherrell went wide left for 22 yards and a second score with 1:37 remaining on the first-quarter clock, capping off a six-play 87-yard drive.
Four minutes into the second period, Wilkins found Brody Haehlen open in the middle of the end zone for a seven-yard scoring strike, at the end of an eight-play, 71-yard drive.
And just before halftime, Sherrell dashed up the middle an an eight-yard touchdown run. That one came at the end of a 17-play, 89 yard drive that lasted close to five minutes.
An interception of a tipped pass inside the Cavalier 10-yard line ended a scoring threat on Clackamas first possession of the second half.
A short time later, Clackamas junior safety Hayden Kirsch picked off a pass on a fake punt. And just five plays and 70 yards later, Clackamas senior running back Dalon Hudson sprinted up the middle for a two-yard touchdown, and the Cavaliers were in command, leading 35-0.
The Cavaliers out-gained the Warriors 421- to 249 yards in total offense.
Wilkins and Johnson combined to complete 9-of-14 passes for 95 yards. Taylor Stinson (4 receptions/51 yards) and Nick Krska (4 receptions/34 yards) were the top receivers.
Hudson carried 12 times for 44 yards.
Junior safety Brett Peterson, senior cornerback Jaeden Abraham and Kirsch headed the Cavalier defense. Peterson had nine tackles and a forced fumble; Abraham had nine tackles and three pass deflections; Kirsch had nine tackles and a fumble recovery, along with his interception.
Clackamas senior co-captain David Reese commented: We didnt play to our potential last week, but this week the defense stepped it up. I think we showed what we are capable of.
The win over the Warriors gives the Cavaliers their best start since 2005, when Clackamas finished 9-2, losing only to Lake Oswego (21-9) and 2005 semifinalist Tualatin (35-19).
The Cavaliers early success has not gone unnoticed. Clackamas last week was ranked ninth in the state in Oregon 6A football.
The Cavaliers will have revenge on their minds this Friday, when they travel to Mt. Hood Community College for a 7 p.m. game with Reynolds. The Raiders won a 28-19 barnburner at Clackamas last fall, rallying from a 17-6 first-half deficit.