Sheridan Dominates John Glenn

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Friday’s Mid-Valley League game between the Sheridan Generals and John Glenn Little Muskies appeared to look like a promising, down-to-the-last-play finish.

Sometimes, however, appearances can be deceiving as Sheridan beat John Glenn, 42-14.

Sheridan was not always in control though.

On Sheridan’s first drive, the Muskies forced a third-and-long. Dupler rolled to his left and threw a pass just over the head of his intended target and right into the grasp of Casey Smith who makes a diving interception.

Stewart and the Muskie offense would make the most of the turnover.

A recurring theme of the first half was John Glenn’s ability to convert on third and fourth downs.

On third-and-five, Stewart completes a pass to Smith on a comeback route along the sideline. Three plays later, Stewart connects with Gavin Thomas on a hitch to convert a fourth-and-four.

The Muskies found themselves in a third-and-15 on the same drive. Stewart finds Ethan Allen for 21 yards and another first down. Stewart would finally cap of the drive with a fade to Smith, who makes a diving catch in the end zone.

But the Generals, led by Dupler, would answer on the next drive.

Sheridan leaned heavily on the read-option and on many short yardage situations, Dupler’s large frame was able to fall forward for a new set of downs.

Recognizing John Glenn’s defense creeping up to stop the run, Sheridan took a shot for the end zone. Dupler sold the play-action and it opened up the middle of the field where he would find an open Mike Gittings on a post route for the 26-yard touchdown.

The game was starting to look like a shootout between two talented quarterbacks.

Facing a second-and-long situation, the Muskies went back to their reliable quarterback-receiver connection in Stewart and Smith.

Smith would beat the General defensive back on a fade route and Stewart places the ball right in his hand for a 64-yard gain.

The Muskies’ efficient passing game opened up holes for running backs. John Glenn running back Shane Bonner would take the new couple handoffs into the redzone.

On third down, Stewart finds Jake Ratcliffe on a three-step slant and for a nine-yard touchdown pass.

Stewart started the game eight-for-eight, 146 yards and two touchdowns.

At this point, Sheridan’s defense was unable to stop Stewart and the Muskie offense.

John Glenn would take the lead and momentum into halftime, 14-7.

Whatever speech Sheridan Coach Paul Culver III gave to his team in the locker room worked much to the chagrin of John Glenn.

Sheridan received the ball to start the second half and opened up Dupler’s playbook allowing him to showcase his running ability.

From the 2-yard line, Dupler read the defense perfectly for on the read-option and was able to walk in the end zone.

This would not be Dupler’s last score, however. He did it again. And again. And then one more time to put the Little Muskies completely out of it.

Dupler accounted for five of the General’s six touchdowns, four rushing and one passing.

In what looked like a promising start for John Glenn turned out to be another disappointing finish, as they lose, 42-14 and fall to 1-3 on the season and will stay home versus Philo next week.

Sheridan recovers from a slow start and improves to 3-1 and will welcome Morgan into Paul Culver Stadium next week.