THORNVILLE – Jason Munyan set a new school record for career touchdowns as Sheridan tamed Maysville 26-21 on Oct. 1.
The Generals now improve to 6-1 going into a tough three-game stretch in the final part of the season.
After a Maysville three-and-out on the opening possession, Sheridan wasted no time getting on the board as Munyan took it home. Neither team would budge the rest of the quarter, and Munyan’s TD would be the only difference at the end of the first quarter.
Maysville almost got right back in it with the first play of the second, as Nate Harper took a Munyan punt all the way to the end zone. Unfortunately for the Panthers, a block in the back penalty negated that score.
“We had never seen them in five-wide,” Sheridan Head Coach Paul Culver III said when asked about the Panthers’ new look offense. “That was a great wrinkle, and granted they were motioning so you were still getting some of the same offense from that perspective. We had not seen them in a no back set and it took us a while to adjust. Even then, we didn’t adjust great, we were still kind of ‘coaching on the fly’ as they say.”
Maysville would ultimately answer with 8:02 left in the first half, as Hayden Jarrett took it in from seven yards out. The point after attempt was good and Maysville took its only lead of the night, 7-6.
But not so fast.
Munyan took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the house. The two-point conversion was no good, but Sheridan had retaken the lead 12-6.
The visitors got excellent field position after Caden Sheridan fumbled on the Generals’ own five-yard line with 3:24 left to go in the first half. Twice the Panthers had only one yard to go, but the Sheridan defense held strong to force a turnover on downs.
Reid Packer ran a couple of quarterback sneaks to get some yardage as the hosts ran out the clock to end the half up 12-7.
Just like the first half, Sheridan wasted no time getting on the board in the second half. With the first play, Munyan broke free for a 68-yard touchdown run, setting a new school record for career touchdowns with 48. That mark bests Steve Shriner’s previous record of 47 set in the early 2000s.
“(Munyan) is whatever we need him to be,” Culver III said. “He’s a fourth down hammer, he’s a thoroughbred racing to the end zone on the kickoff. He’s the heart and soul of our team, the kids all respond to him, and he’s the first kid in the weight room. I’m proud of him, he deserves it and we’ve got to keep riding him.”
“That kid is an absolute freak,” Packer added. “Behind our line, or behind anybody’s line he will do incredible things and run over any defense.”
Maysville was still fighting, however, as Jarrett punched it in again for his second touchdown of the night. It was back to a one score game at 20-14 with 8:30 left in the third quarter.
The next crucial series took place with 8:54 left in the fourth. Sheridan’s defense was again asked to step up, and they delivered, forcing another turnover on downs.
Just over a minute later the offense rewarded the defense with a touchdown pass from Caden Sheridan to Corey Amspaugh, increasing the General lead to 26-14.
Maysville would score once more to cut the deficit to 26-21 with just over three minutes left in the contest. Sheridan would get the ball back and run out the clock until the final horn sounded.
While Culver is pleased with the victory, he preaches that things need to be better going into the final three games of the regular season.
“The biggest thing is missed tackles and missed assignments defensively,” Culver III said. “Offensively, its finishing blocks. A lot of times where we would have the guy and he would slip off the block and we take a loss. That kind of stuff cannot happen against good football teams…I have to do a better job with the play calling, and everybody’s got to do a better job.”