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Sheridan scored five TDs in first quarter…

Article credit: Hamilton County Reporter – Saturday, Sept.16, 2017 

Reporter photo by Kirk Green – Sheridan’s Drake Delph (5) runs the ball in for a touchdown during first-quarter action at Bud Wright Stadium Friday night. The Blackhawks led 35-0 after the first quarter, and cruised to a 63-8 victory over Clinton Prairie. Sheridan is now 4-0 in the Hoosier Heartland Conference. At right is Gunnar Williams (2), who scored a third-quarter touchdown and kicked seven extra points.

Sheridan continued to put more distance between itself and the rest of the Hoosier Heartland Conference pack Friday night when it hosted Clinton Prairie. The Blackhawks ran to a 35-0 lead after the first quarter, then cruised to a 63-8 victory over the Gophers. With the win, Sheridan improved to 4-0 in HHC play, and also knocked Prairie out of the second-place spot; CP was 2-0 in the conference coming into the game. The only other team without a loss in the HHC is Eastern, which has only played one conference contest so far (the Comets will take on Carroll this afternoon in a game at Lucas Oil Stadium). The Blackhawks are 4-1 overall. Sheridan’s win was never in doubt. Joe Callahan got the ‘Hawks on the board right away, rushing in to the end zone from 41 yards just 75 seconds into the game. That was the first of five first quarter touchdowns. Drake Delph scored the second, a run in from 17 yards. Delph then tossed a pass to Ange Gnamkey, who got to the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown reception. Callahan zoomed in for a 48-yard score, and Delph found Nick Burnell for a 37-yard TD with just five seconds left in the quarter. “We jumped on them early and put them away in the first quarter,” said Sheridan coach Bud Wright. Other touchdowns came on short runs in the middle quarters. Joe Callahan scored late in the second, while Gunnar Williams and Cameron Hovey both found the end zone in the third period. Tanner Swindle finished the scoring when he took a 43-yard kickoff return in a fourth-quarter touchdown. 

Ange Gnamkey vs CP 2017 (2)
Reporter photo by Kirk Green – Ange Gnamkey makes a touchdown catch for Sheridan in the first quarter.

Williams kicked successful extra points for the first seven touchdowns, with freshman Cole Jackson kicking the last two extra points. Callahan rang up 164 yards in 14 carries on the ground. Delph was 4-of-6 passing, with Gnamkey’s two receptions totaling 54 yards. Sheridan continues HHC play next week by traveling to Taylor.
Sheridan 63, Clinton Prairie 8
Score by Quarters:
Clinton Prairie 0 0 0 8 – 8
Sheridan 35 7 14 7 – 63
Team Stats CP / SHS
First Downs 10 / 20
By Rush 7 / 17
By Pass 2 / 3
By Penalty 1 / 0
Rushes-Yards 42-63 / 41-317
Yards Passing 58 / 100
Comp/Att/Int/TD 9-23-2-1 / 4-6-0-2
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 / 2-1
Penalties/Yards 4-30 / 9-90
Punts/Average 4-41.5 / 3-27.3
Sheridan scoring
First Quarter
Joe Callahan 41-yard run (Gunnar Williams kick), 10:45
Drake Delph 17-yard run (Williams kick), 9:09
Ange Gnamkey 29-yard pass from Delph (Williams kick), 5:34
Callahan 48-yard run (Williams kick), 3:56
Nick Burnell 37-yard pass from Delph (Williams kick), 0:05
Second Quarter
Callahan 3-yard run (Williams kick), 1:20
Third Quarter
Williams 7-yard run (Williams kick), 8:48
Cameron Hovey 6-yard run (Cole Jackson kick), 2:41
Fourth Quarter
Tanner Swindle 43-yard kickoff return (Jackson kick), 6:07
Sheridan Stats
Rushing: Callahan 14-164, Drake Delph 11-59,
Hovey 6-41, Burnell 2-19, James Manis 2-17,
Williams 4-11, Brent Vought 1-7, Jacob Vita
1-0, Jarman Warren 1-minus 1.
Passing: Delph 4-6-100.
Receiving: Gnamkey 2-54, Burnell 1-37, Williams 1-9