Sahd throws four TD’s in Comets’ win over Warwick
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Going into last Friday night’s action, Penn Manor’s Adam Sahd was easily the top-rated quarterback in Section One with 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns.
His most impressive stat, however?
One interception in seven games.
Against Warwick, the Comets’ senior signal-caller was again clicking on all cylinders, throwing for 222 yards and four touchdowns as Penn Manor remained undefeated with a 40-6 Section One win at Grosh Field in Lititz.
Although Sahd’s night included throwing just his second pick of the year, he certainly impressed Warwick coach Bob Locker.
"He’s a good football player," Locker said. "They’ve got a lot of good football players … (Sahd)’s got a real quick release, he reads coverages well. You can tell he’s a three-year starter. He’s fundamentally sound."
Warwick fell to 1-4 in league play (3-5 overall) heading into this Friday’s match-up against Hempfield, while the Comets improved to 5-0 in L-L (8-0 overall) with a showdown looming this week opposite Section One co-leader Wilson (5-0, 7-1).
The Warriors won’t see the Bulldogs until week 10, so Locker couldn’t easily make a prediction for the battle of the titans.
"It’s tough to say without seeing Wilson," he said. "Wilson’s defense I’ve seen on film, they’re the best defensive football team. But Penn Manor is just really well balanced."
That well-balanced attack was on display last Friday, as Sahd (9-for-12, one INT) was supported by Brendan Stone (16 carries, 144 yards) and Charlie Bell (7-101 rushing) leading a ground attack which gained 263 total yards.
"Offensively, they can throw and they can run," Locker said. "They put you in a real awkward position defensively as to what you’re going to try to take away first. They run the ball very well, and they’re tough to play man because Sahd’s a real good quarterback … I was pretty impressed with the Bell kid. He’s a big boy, he’s fast."
Sahd threw the first of his four TD’s when he found Brett Caggiano on a 12-yard strike and then he connected with Daulton Parmer for 23 yards to paydirt in the second quarter, pushing the Comets’ early lead to 13-0.
Mother Nature then intervened for 58 minutes, but following the lightning/rain delay, the Warriors brought some thunder of their own. Gabe Taylor (18 carries, 51 yards) did most of his damage rushing the ball in the first half, and he helped to set the table for Zack Hurst’s eight-yard QB keeper which cut the Comets’ lead to 13-6. Hurst also completed 6 of 16 passes for 72 yards and one pick.
Following a touchback on the kickoff, though, Penn Manor drove 80 yards and answered in the late stages of the first half, scoring on Bell’s 37-yard run to restore the lead to 13 points, 20-6, at the break.
"We had some momentum, we needed a stop and honestly, we couldn’t stop them," Locker said. "… It was critical that we get a stop because physically we had been playing a good football game. We continue to make mistakes. Here we are eight weeks into the season and we’re still dealing with the same mistakes."
Unfortunately for the Warriors, they would get no closer in the second half. The Comets put it out of reach by the end of the third quarter on a pair of TD passes from Sahd, who connected with Adrian Viruet for 42 yards and Stone for 19 yards to push the advantage to 34-6 heading to the final stanza.
"He makes quick reads, puts the ball where it needs to be, he’s got a nice touch," Locker said.
Making matters worse for the Warriors in the second half was that they struggled to run the ball, gaining only seven yards on 13 carries.
"When we fell behind, we kinda had to change our game plan a little bit," Locker said. "We tried to throw the ball. We had a hard time protecting Hurst after awhile because our plan was to try to run. And then they had a couple of big plays in the second half and they threw the ball coming out right after halftime. We kinda committed to the run so they were going to get some man matchups and took advantage of it."
In the fourth quarter, Levonta Jones plowed into the end zone from one yard out to finish the scoring and send the Comets into this Friday’s blockbuster against Wilson.
"They’re a very, very good football team," Locker said. "They’re the best team I’ve seen this year. We haven’t played Wilson yet." More WARRIORS, page B-8