CUMBERLAND — After last night, Fort Hill may want to start every game at 8 o’clock.
Troy Banks ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns, Nathaniel Graves and Brayden Brown combined for five more, and a bruising defense came up big all night and especially on fourth downs, as Fort Hill thumped Sherando 49-21 at Greenway Avenue Stadium.
“I knew we were a physical team, but not that physical,” said Fort Hill coach Todd Appel. The win was his 100th as head coach of the Sentinels, moving his nine-year record to 100-12. “We played very hard. That’s a good football team we played.”
The Sentinels (8-0), who rallied to beat the Warriors 23-14 a year ago in Stephens City, Virginia, trailed 7-6 after the first quarter last night. It was 14-14 with nine minutes left in the second quarter.
From there, it was all Fort Hill. The Sentinels outscored the Warriors (4-4) 35-7 the rest of the way, scoring after two fourth-down defensive stands, after a blocked punt by Brayden Conley, and on a 79-yard punt return by Brown.
Banks scored on six- and 13-yard runs, Graves scored on a pair of four-yard runs and a two-yarder, and Brown on a 29-yard dash.
T.J. Washington ran for 178 yards and scored twice, on 48- and 56-yard runs, for Sherando.
A more detailed game story will appear in Sunday’s edition and on times-news.com.