The Cavalier senior standout has 258 yards rushing and five touchdowns at halftime

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - It was the Dan Sherrell Show Friday night at Clackamas High School, as the Cavalier senior running back ran around, through and over Glencoe defenders for 302 yards and six touchdowns. Sherrell (1) had 258 yards and five touchdowns at halftime.Senior running back Dan “Smiley” Sherrell and his Clackamas High teammates were on a mission Friday night, as they took no hostages in a 55-21 rout of the Glencoe Crimson Tide in a second-round game of the Class 6A high school football playoffs, played during a relentless rain and a cold, brisk breeze at Clackamas.

Sherrell, the 2013 Three Rivers League Offensive Player of the Year, proved he is deserving of the TRL honor, as he danced around, over and through Glencoe defenders for over 300 yards and a Clackamas High school single-game record six touchdowns.

Sherrell had 258 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 15 carries at halftime. For the game, the 5-9, 170-pound speedster rushed 20 times for 302 yards, his second 300-yard rushing game of the year [He had 309 yards on 26 carries in a 35-7 preseason rout of Aloha].

Sherrell had touchdown runs of 1-, 5-, 7-, 42-, 45- and 70 yards, and he followed up a second-quarter touchdown with a short sprint to the end zone for a two-point PAT conversion, as he scored 38 of the Cavaliers’ 55 points.

“Smiley [Dan Sherrell], he played great tonight!” said Clackamas senior co-captain David Reese. “He had a mindset, no one was going to stop him. He was ready to go tonight.”

Sherrell explained his and his teammates’ motivation for the big game: “[Glencoe players] had made comments about how they were going to dominate the line of scrimmage....”

Sherrell continued, “Our line came out real hungry tonight and they dominated the line of scrimmage. Our whole offensive line played great — Trevor Dunn, David Reese, Colby Taylor, Josh Miller, Aidan Kragero.”

Sherrell let the Crimson Tide know he meant business from the get-go, as he raced untouched 70 yards to the end zone on the Cavaliers’ first play from scrimmage.

Six minutes later, the 5-9, 170-pound senior capped off a nine-play, 67-yard drive with a seven-yard sprint to paydirt.

And with 4:40 remaining in the first period, Sherrell followed up a 33-yard kickoff return by Nick Gilbert with a 45-yard touchdown run, upping the Cavalier lead to 20-7.

Five minutes into the second quarter, Sherrell made it 27-14 Clackamas with a 42-yard touchdown sprint.

The Cavaliers stopped the Crimson Tide on downs at their own 40. And four plays later, Sherrell scored from five yards out, making it 35-14 Clackamas at the halftime break.

Glencoe scored on a 13-play, 78-yard drive to start the second half. But it was all Clackamas the rest of the way.

Glencoe had 245 yards rushing in the game, but only 44 yards rushing in the second half.

Clackamas quarterback Cade Wilkins found Nick Krska open up the middle for a 43-yard touchdown pass play and a 42-21 Cavalier lead with 3-1/2 minutes remaining in the third period.

Sherrell capped off a 39-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run inside the first minute of the fourth quarter to make it 48-21. And Clackamas quarterback Doonie Johnson bulled his way in from four yards out late in the fourth quarter to round out Clackamas’ scoring.

The Cavaliers finished with a 490- to 335-yard advantage in total offense. Wilkins and Johnson combined to complete 7-of-11 passes for 86 yards, hooking up with six different receivers.

Glencoe quarterback Avery Elrod completed 4-of-8 passes for 90 yards.

Glencoe 180-pound senior running back Kainoa Hanchett, a first-team all-league selection in the Pacific Conference, rushed 24 times for 148 yards.

Heading up the Cavalier defense were linebacker Zach Farnes, with 11 tackles and five assists; linebacker Nathan Kemp, with six tackles and seven assists; noseguard Cole Johnson, with six tackles and three assists; defensive tackle Brody Haehlen, with seven tackles and an assist; linebacker Bryce Dickey, with three tackles and five assists; and safety Hayden Kirsch, with an interception.

With the loss, Glencoe, the No. 3 team from the Pacific Conference, finished with an overall record of 6-5.

Clackamas (9-2, 3-2), with the win, advanced to a state quarterfinal match-up with third-ranked Central Catholic, set for 7 p.m. Friday at Hillsboro Stadium.

“It’s exciting!” said Sherrell. “This is what our senior class has been dreaming about since third grade — making a long run in the playoffs.”

The Mt. Hood Conference champion Central Catholic Rams (11-0) routed 14th-ranked McNary 62-7 in last Friday’s second-round playoff game with the Celtics.

The Rams this season are averaging 55 points an outing, while allowing opponents an average of just 16 points. They’ve had only two close games this season, a 59-49 preseason win over fourth-ranked Sheldon, and a 45-31 win over top-ranked Jesuit. They won 35-14 in a Sept. 13 game with Lake Oswego.

“We know they’re good,” said Reese. “But we’re going to come in and give it all we’ve got.”

“I think they’re beatable,” Johnson said. “When we play our game, I think we can play with any team in the state.”

“I’m excited to take on Central!” said Sherrell. “I know they’re a good football team, but we’re a good football team too. We’re going to come out hungry and fearless, and we’re going to battle.”

The Rams’ offense features quarterback Aidan Wilder; running backs Cameron Scarlett, Ryan Nall and Ronnie Rust; and receivers Holden Oglesbee and Zach Davis.

Wilder is a threat both passing and running with the football. He has completed 96-of-193 passes for 1,508 yards and 20 touchdowns, with only four interceptions; and he has 279 yards rushing.

Scarlett leads the ground attack, with 89 carries for 998 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is also the Rams’ leading receiver, with 22 catches for 424 yards and four touchdowns.

Nall has 73 carries for 766 yards and nine touchdowns, and he has nine receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Rust has 44 carries for 237 yards and eight touchdowns.

Davis has 20 receptions for 368 yards and seven touchdowns; Oglesbee has 21 catches for 352 yards and five touchdowns.

Sherrell is Clackamas’ all-time leading rusher, with 250 carries for 2,105 yards and 33 touchdowns in 11 games this fall.

This Friday’s game with the Rams is the Cavaliers’ first appearance in a quarterfinal since 2006, when Clackamas bowed out of the playoffs with a 27-25 quarterfinal loss to Southridge.

The winner of Friday’s game will advance to a Saturday, Nov. 30, semifinal with the winner of a quarterfinal game between seventh-ranked North Medford and second-ranked Tigard. North Medford (10-1) last Friday dropped 10th-ranked Oregon City 14-9, while Tigard (11-0) buried 15th-ranked Grants Pass 62-3.

The Three Rivers League continued to make a strong showing in the playoffs in last weekend’s second round, with ninth-ranked Lakeridge advancing through a 28-20 win over eighth-ranked Southridge and 12th-ranked Canby advancing through a 31-7 win over Beaverton. Seventeenth-ranked Lake Oswego gave top-ranked Jesuit a run for its money in a 21-19 loss.

Lakeridge plays Jesuit (9-2) on the road in the quarterfinals, while Canby travels to Sheldon (9-2).

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