Updated Sat, Sep 21, 2013 1:10 pm
Sheridan and John Glenn each finished in the bottom half of the MVL a year ago, but with undefeated conference records coming into Friday night’s showdown, the Muskies and Generals aimed to catapult into the upper echelon of the MVL. After a stout defensive performance and just enough offense to get the job done, the Generals snagged a 12-7 road win to make them 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the MVL.
Sheridan’s defense performed nearly flawless in the first half, allowing only three total John Glenn offensive yards and forcing a three-and-out on every Muskie possession. The Muskies finished with 83 total yards and their only score came on a long run by 2012 Gridiron Glory Player of the Year candidate Blake Atkins in the third quarter.
Sheridan’s offense provided support, gobbling up the clock in the first half with an eight-minute drive that ultimately ended with a four-yard run by running back Ethan Snider.
Snider’s impact was felt in the special teams game as well, as he reeled off a 43-yard punt return to set up the Generals on the Muskie 19-yard line. The Sheridan offense cashed in on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Luke Fox to Nick Thomas and took a 12-0 lead that John Glenn couldn’t overcome.
The Muskies narrowed the score to 12-7 and formulated a possible game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter, but false start and personal foul penalties pushed them out of the red-zone and led to a failed fourth-and-20 attempt to keep the game alive. Sheridan recovered possession and eventually drained the clock.
Three Sheridan players finished with more than 20 yards on the ground, led by senior Chase Heath with 49 total rushing yards. The Generals aren’t known as a passing team, but junior quarterback Luke Fox accumulated 64 yards on 7-of-13 attempts with a touchdown and an interception.
Atkins led the John Glenn attack, accumulating 54 rushing yards, 114 kick return yards and a touchdown on offense, as well as an interception and a fumble recovery on defense. Muskie quarterback Zyler Flowers failed to produce anything through the air, going 0-for-5 on the game.
The Generals look remain unbeaten in the MVL, as they travel to McConnelsville to take on the Morgan Raiders next week and the Muskies head to Philo for a statement game in the conference.