Updated Sat, Oct 15, 2011 1:06 pm
The Maysville Panthers came into their game against the favored Sheridan Generals with high expectations. But the Generals struck first when Drew Murray rumbled in for the first touchdown of the day. Mitchell Fouch of the Generals, who came into the game averaging over 12 yards a carry, scored from 15 yards out to make it a 13-0 lead over the Panthers. Fouch fell just shy of 200 yards on the night on 23 carries.
Sheridan fumbled in the second quarter and the Panthers' Bryce Sidwell recovered. The turnover set up a 42-yard pass from Seth Brown to Alex Presley. Brown ended the night throwing for 109 yards with six completions on 12 attempts. C.J. Harris scored on a 20-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 13-7.
But as all good teams do, the Generals marched right down the field, scoring on a 6-yard pass from Murray to Alspach to give Sheridan a 19-7 advantage at halftime. Murray only threw eight times for 30 yards, but ran for 92 yards on 11 carries.
Maysville did not go away as their special teams came up big with a blocked punt. On the next play, Jeremy Willison scored on a 44-yard touchdown run to make it 19-14. Willison ended the game with 82 rushing yards on 16 carries.
The Panthers defense then made a play when Willison intercepted Fouch's pass. With all the momentum on their side, the Panthers offense drove down to the Generals 4-yard line. With a score, the Panthers could have taken their first lead of the game but the Generals defense steped up big time in the red-zone by stopping the Panthers on downs.
From there, it was all Sheridan as they scored on touchdown runs of seven and 20 to put the game out of reach, winning 32-14.
This sets up an epic battle between Sheridan and Tri-Valley with the winner taking the MVL title.