Sherwood's infantry tough on Patterson Foreman gains 271 yards in 35-12 rout of Clippers

4A football

November 19, 1995|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Sherwood had just defeated No. 2 Patterson, 35-12, in yesterday's Class 4A state quarterfinal, when Warriors coach Bob Milloy made his next move known.

Where to now, coach? Disneyland?

"We're going to Roy Rogers," Milloy said. "This [the playoffs] is just a fun experience for the kids. Win or lose, we were going to Roy Rogers, anyway."

Sherwood junior running back Tyree Foreman ensured that it would be a happy meal for the visiting Warriors of Montgomery County.

Foreman rushed for a career-high 271 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries to lead sixth-seeded Sherwood (10-1), ranked eighth by The Washington Post, into the semifinals against Seneca Valley next week.

Sherwood finished with 337 yards rushing and outgained

Patterson in total offense, 431-167.

The loss ended the season for the third-seeded Clippers (10-1), who have gone 29-1 during the regular season over the past three years, but have yet to advance beyond the semifinals.

"We thought that the severity of our schedule was about the only advantage we had," said Milloy, whose team plays in a league with Class 4A semifinalists Seneca Valley and Gaithersburg.

"We've been through some really hard games and they [Patterson] just breezed through theirs."

Patterson coach Roger Wrenn said he had scouted the Warriors, and he knew they were going to run a lot of traps and sweeps with Foreman. But the Clippers defense just couldn't stop him.

"Early this week, I showed them the seven basic plays that I thought Sherwood would run and that's exactly what they did," Wrenn said. "Early in the game, we just didn't adjust very well."

On the fourth play of the game, Foreman took a handoff and ran 48 yards along the right sidelines for a touchdown.

Later in the first half, Foreman had runs of 47, 33 and 26 yards, the last for a touchdown. By halftime, he had 208 yards on 17 carries.

"We knew their offense was unpredictable, so we had to come out and make sure our offense was established," said Foreman, who ran for 1,094 yards and 24 touchdowns during the regular season.

Sherwood extended its lead to 13-0 late in the first quarter on Ivan Maldonado's 14-yard run.

Patterson then pulled within 13-6, with 9:29 remaining in the second quarter on an 18-yard touchdown run by Dwayne Simmons (84 yards on 18 carries) to cap a six-play, 56-yard drive.

But Foreman's 26-yard touchdown run with 4:22 left gave Sherwood a 21-6 halftime advantage.

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