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.
“And to think we gave the first one away … well I won’t go there and ruin the mood!” 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. Sheridan’s defense bended, but did not break, making big plays even though the Yellowjackets were out-gained 363 to 191 yards of total offense.
“We made some first downs when we had to and made some stops when we had to,” Campbell said after the game. “Our kicking game was solid except for a missed field goal. It was good enough to pull one out.
“It was ugly, but it was a win,” Campbell said. “That’s all that counts.”
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.
“It was a slant over the middle to him and he split the defenders and ther wasn’t anybody that was going to one-hand or arm tackle him,” Campbell said of Miller’s TD. “That was a big play for us. It was the difference in the football game.”
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.
“Even though his stats were not great, Dylan Flores stood tall in the midst of heavy pressure and took many shots from [White Hall’s] defensive ends and made good decisions. If a couple passes were not dropped, he would have had an outstanding game.
“Braden Lunday continues to play consistent, turnover free football that allows us to run time off the clock.”
Sheridan takes on a tough Lake Hamilton team on Friday. The Wolves’ (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 Yellowjackets’ defense will have to step up.
“This week is a whole different ballgame,” Campbell said. “You watch Lake Hamilton on film and you see why they are a great football team.
“Error-free football, no turnovers and no long runs or passes for touchdowns will always give you a chance to win any game,” he continued. “Preseason is over … the real season begins now!”