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Early surge spurs Sherman to victory

Sherman running back Maverick Winslow tries to break the tackle of Arlington-Condon’s TJ Longacre in Friday’s Big Sky Conference football game played on Homecoming night in Moro. The No. 8 Huskies racked up 462 yards on the ground on their way to a 58-22 win.   Jeremy Lanthorn/Contributed photo


Sherman running back Maverick Winslow tries to break the tackle of Arlington-Condon’s TJ Longacre in Friday’s Big Sky Conference football game played on Homecoming night in Moro. The No. 8 Huskies racked up 462 yards on the ground on their way to a 58-22 win. Jeremy Lanthorn/Contributed photo



The No. 8-ranked Sherman Huskies scored the game’s first 20 points, rushed for 462 yards and also recovered four onside kicks on their way to a 58-22 victory over Arlington/Condon on Homecoming night in Moro.

Sherman scored a touchdown on its first possession, and then the Honker/Knights fumbled on their first two possessions and threw an interception on their third to give way to the Huskies early onslaught.

“Arlington/Condon is a very physical team with a lot of speed,” said head coach Bill Blevins. “We were fortunate to capitalize on a plus-3 in turnover margin and got some good bounces on our onside kicks to recover four of them.”

With the win, the Huskies, who last won a league title in 2011, now set up a championship matchup on the road Friday against Perrydale.

The No. 9 Pirates have won six straight games and are coming off a 62-20 win over Ione.

“Our players gave a great effort for all four quarters tonight,” Blevins said. “A great effort was required to put us in a position to play for the league title next week at Perrydale.”

Maverick Winslow paced the ground game with another all-around effort of 28 carries for 218 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 71 yards and two more scores.

Wyatt Stutzman had 14 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore quarterback Jacob Justesen had 15 carries for 98 yards and two end zone trips and also completed 5 of 8 passes for 103 yards and three scores.

In addition to recovering four onside kicks, the Huskies (5-2 overall, 5-0 league) committed just one turnover, and forced four from AC, to give them several extra possessions to capitalize on.

In the second quarter, Sherman and Arlington/Condon each scored eight points apiece, but the Huskies led 28-8 at halftime.

Ahead by 20 points to start the second half, the Huskies were able to put the Honker/Knights away with a 24-8 spurt in the third quarter to move out in front by a 52-16 margin entering the fourth quarter.

During their six-game winning streak, the Huskies have allowed 28.8 points a game, including Friday’s season-low 22 allowed to Arlington/Condon.

The Honker/Knights (4-2, 3-2), who now lead Dufur by a half a game for the third and final playoff spot, gained 158 yards on the ground and passed for just 32 yards.

“The defense did a great job of swarming to the ball, and creating turnovers,” said Sherman defensive coordinator Kyle Blagg. “The guys up front blocked from the snap to the whistle, which is really saying something the way our backs and quarterback like to scramble, cutback, and create.”



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