Shorewood rolls to victory on the play of DaShawn Alexander, 35-7 over Sultan

Saturday, October 14, 2017

#21 DaShawn Alexander goes up for the touchdown pass
(left, background) Photo by Lisa Hirohata
Shorewood Thunderbirds 35 - Sultan Turks 7
Friday, October 13, 2017, Shoreline Stadium
T-birds overall record: 3-3

On a clear and cool Friday the 13th, the only thing scary afoot at Shoreline Stadium was the outstanding effort by Shorewood’s #21, Sophomore DaShawn Alexander.

Taking the field for only the second time this season, Alexander proved to be the spark the T-birds needed to get their offense into high gear and cruise past the outmatched Turks of Sultan from the 2A Cascade Conference.

Shorewood, playing an all non-league schedule as part of a rebuilding process, took the lead early and never looked back.

After trading punts to start the 1st quarter, Shoreline quarterback Skylar Hammer connected with DaShawn Alexander on a go route down the right sideline for a 52-yard touchdown pass, putting the T-birds up 7-0.

Shorewood has struggled this season in establishing a consistent passing game, but the prior play was a 26-yard completion by Hammer which got the drive rolling.

#31 Brandon Main runs the ball up the sideline
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

Sultan struggled all evening with turnovers and their drive stalled out with a fumble on the Shorewood 16. The Turks had been driving and a score looked imminent as they started their drive on their own 31 and had reached the T-bird 11. The fumble would be the first of three turnovers in the first half alone.

Coach Torrey of Shorewood showed an element of trickery, bringing in Hammer on 4th and 12 on the T-bird 41. Hammer converted a fake punt, throwing down the right sideline for a 16-yard conversion. Shorewood’s efforts were for naught, as they then fumbled the snap the next play and turned the ball over on the Turk’s 44.

#7 Skylar Hammer punts the ball away
Photo by Lisa Hirohata
The next two Sultan drives were stopped by interceptions from the T-bird defense. The Shorewood defensive line was able to get pressure on the Sultan QB for the majority of the game, which caused some poor passing decisions.

#31 Brandon Main (Jr, RB/LB) had his first interception of the year, and #23 Colin Anderson’s (Sr, WR/DB) stopped another promising Sultan drive.

Shorewood ended the half when quarterback #4 David Snell (Jr, QB) connected with Alexander for his second touchdown by lofting a fade into the right corner of the endzone from the 6.

Alexander leaped into the air and hauled the pass down to put the T-birds up 14-0.

#4 David Snell throws the ball downfield
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

The second half opened with Hammer connecting with #10 Matthew Bangsbert (Jr, WR/DB) for a 32-yard touchdown pass at the 9:48 mark in the 3rd.

Sultan did get on the board in the 4th quarter as their drive was kept alive by Shorewood penalties on 3rd down - roughing the passer on 3rd and long and then a questionable pass interference which moved the ball down the Shorewood 12. Sultan pounded the ball in for a score 30 seconds later bringing the game to 28-7.

#28 Ibrahim Benzina runs the ball
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

The Thunderbird effort was capped off by a 52 yard run over the right tackle by #28 Ibrahim Benzina (RB/DB). Shorewood’s offensive line showed elements of consistency tonight, opening up running lanes for Shorewood’s slashing running attack. Following RG #54 Phil Ball (Jr, OL/DL) and RT #52 Tom Bert (Fr, OL/DL), Benzina took the handoff from Hammer, read the pressure from the left side and then cut right, finding the crease and streaking for the touchdown.

#8 Kevin Hirohata recovers the fumble
Photo by Lisa Hirohata
Next Friday is Homecoming for Shorewood, as they play Seton Catholic of Vancouver at 8pm at Shoreline Stadium.

Shorewood has not scored 35 points in a game since a victory over Squalicum in November 2011.

The margin of victory is the largest for Shorewood since a victory over Lakeside in October 2010 when they won by 35.

The last season with three wins in a season was in 2007 when they went 3-7. With two games remaining, they should be able to surpass that number.

--Aaron Bert


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