By Jeremy McDonald
SHERIDAN, Ore.– It wasn’t how they wanted to end their season, but with two subs to their name they battled through the adversity the best to their abilities.
The Sheridan JV football team had their chances during the first half offensively to do some damage, but fumbles had hurt promising drives as the Spartans found themselves down 16-0 to Culver entering halftime in the Bulldogs 42-14 win Monday afternoon.
“Everyone came out really flat and it showed with the scoreboard. But half these kids they’re going to give us a look at practice and they’re going to be some key guys for us next year,” said coach Jacob DeBoff.
It’s practice for sure, getting them prepared not just for next year, but to get them ready to help the Varsity make that playoff push as they did last season.
With the game switched from 11-man to 9-man due to both team’s quarter limits with individual athletes into the second half, the two JV squads traded touchdowns as Jaden Martinez broke the 20-0 Culver shutout with an 70-yard run.
Sheridan’s defense, which had allowed two first half touchdowns in a game in which they were out on the gridiron much of the first half, had stepped up once more following the Martinez strike with the Spartans taking over following the stop.
But the offensive struggled had reared its ugly head once more as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 42-8 as fatigued sank in for Sheridan down the stretch. On the other sideline, Culver had about triple the subs the Spartans had.
Caden Vanscoyk, who came in at quarterback in the second half as Keegan Smith ran out of quarters after the second, threw a touchdown pass with ten seconds remaining to get Sheridan on the board before the end of the game.
“That’s pretty good. Playing a four-quarter game…you practically got your starting eleven and you got a couple of subs maybe, so everyone’s playing both sides of the ball playing the whole game,” said DeBoff. “That’s tough, but I give my guys a lot of props for that. I’m actually happy Culver made the drive so we could play.
“A loss like this always stings and us as coaches will help these guys, push these guys so they want to get better. We’re going to be in the weight room for the rest of the season and they want to be better for next year, work all offseason.”
The Sparty Varsity squad travels to Culver Friday night. A win would put them in a lock for the second-spot in the Tri-River Conference. A loss however, would put them in a possible three-way tie for second with the Bulldogs and Santiam if the Wolverines win at Colton.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald