It is very hard to keep emotions high enough to energize your actions. After an inspired and impressive opening victory, 30-7, over Churchill, the Clarksburg Coyotes — a team which has dedicated its season to three seniors lost in a crash last June — showed heart but it couldn’t overcome the Warriors of Sherwood.
Clarksburg Head Coach Larry Hurd said it best, “We get another chance to play football next week.”
The Coyotes fell to Sherwood 52-21 on Friday night. “We didn’t come out and play,” is the way Hurd described the Coyotes first half of against the Sherwood Warriors. After allowing a 21-0 lead, the Coyotes simply could not recover fast enough to turn the tide.
“Penalties, misalignment, things we did perfect all week long in practice, we simply did not execute” in the first half, is the way Hurd described things.
Clarksburg got on the board with about five minutes left in the half, with an eleven-yard pass by senior quarterback Brian Walker connecting to senior receiver Ian Krishnan, to start a momentum shift, but it wasn’t enough to over the 27 points that Sherwood put on the board in the second quarter. The Warriors took a 38-7 lead into halftime.
Early in the second half, Christopher Foreman had an impressive thirty-nine yard run for a touchdown and two-point conversion by quarterback Brian Walker, narrowed the Sherwood lead to 38-15. Sherwood would answer with a score of their own, and the third quarter would end 44-15.
In the fourth, Brian Walker led a successful 70-yard drive, culminating in a quarterback keeper six-yard run in for the touchdown. A two-point conversion was stopped. Sherwood answered in the fourth quarter and found the endzone to once again extend their lead to the final score of 56-21.
“You cannot come out, (have penalties and) fall behind against a team like Sherwood,” said Hurd. “Sherwood is a good football team; we are a good football team.”
The Clarksburg Coyotes have a short week this week as they will play Bethesda Chevy-Chase Barons on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 pm at Walter Johnson High School. The game is moved because of construction at BCC. The Barons are 1-1 after a 42-12 pounding of Montgomery Blair on Friday. In the opening week, BCC lost to Sherwood 27-10.
Note: Mark Poetker contributed to this report.
Top: Clarksburg’s senior quarterback Brian Walker (14) hands off to junior running back Elijah Maith (24) during Friday’s game at Sherwood.
Next: Clarksburg’s senior Ian Krishnan (18) tackles Sherwood’s senior running back Dimitri Guynn (26).
Next: Walker (14) attempts a pass early in Friday’s game.
Photos by Mark Poetker for Germantown Pulse.