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The Sheridan Yellowjackets escaped the White Hall Bulldogs with a 13-8 win last week and it was the first time in 25 years that they picked up a victory in White Hall. Sheridan hits the road to Lake Hamilton to take on the Wolves this Friday in their first 6A South conference game.
The Yellowjackets are also 2-1 for the first time in a while according to Sheridan Coach Louis Campbell.
â€śAnd to think we gave the first one away â€¦ well I wonâ€™t go there and ruin the mood!â€ť Campbell said on www.sheridanfootball.com.
The Yellowjackets lost to the Harrison Golden Goblins 28-10 in the first week of the season, committing six turnovers. Sheridan turned it around the next week against the Arkadelphia Badgers when they shut them out 10-0 and allowed 90 yards of total offense.
In their 13-8 win against the Bulldogs, the Yellowjackets were plus six in the turnover department, including forcing four turnovers on downs. Sheridanâ€™s defense bended, but did not break, making big plays even though the Yellowjackets were out-gained 363 to 191 yards of total offense.
â€śWe made some first downs when we had to and made some stops when we had to,â€ť Campbell said after the game. â€śOur kicking game was solid except for a missed field goal. It was good enough to pull one out.
â€śIt was ugly, but it was a win,â€ť Campbell said. â€śThatâ€™s all that counts.â€ť
Senior wide receiver Josh Miller caught all three passes from quarterback Dylan Flores including a 77-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to give the Yellowjackets the final margin at 13-8.
â€śIt was a slant over the middle to him and he split the defenders and ther wasnâ€™t anybody that was going to one-hand or arm tackle him,â€ť Campbell said of Millerâ€™s TD. â€śThat was a big play for us. It was the difference in the football game.â€ť
Miller had 95 yards on his three catches and Flores was 3 for 12 for 95 yards and a TD. Sophomore running back Braden Lunday carried 22 times for 82 yards.
â€śEven though his stats were not great, Dylan Flores stood tall in the midst of heavy pressure and took many shots from [White Hallâ€™s] defensive ends and made good decisions. If a couple passes were not dropped, he would have had an outstanding game.
â€śBraden Lunday continues to play consistent, turnover free football that allows us to run time off the clock.â€ť
Sheridan takes on a tough Lake Hamilton team on Friday. The Wolvesâ€™ (2-1) only loss came to Arkansas powerhouse Pulaski Academy last week when they were defeated 38-28 in Lake Hamilton. The Wolves defeated Little Rock Hall 58-28 and Springdale in Springdale 46-7, so the Yellowjacketsâ€™ defense will have to step up.
â€śThis week is a whole different ballgame,â€ť Campbell said. â€śYou watch Lake Hamilton on film and you see why they are a great football team.
â€śError-free football, no turnovers and no long runs or passes for touchdowns will always give you a chance to win any game,â€ť he continued. â€śPreseason is over â€¦ the real season begins now!â€ť