Slater, Hernandez Lead 35-0 Victory
Posted: September 28, 2013
PENN LAIRD – Spotswood High School may have found its guy to take some of the attention off tailback Matt Slater.
Michael Hernandez, a 5-foot-8, 210-pound fullback, rushed for three touchdowns on just five carries to help lead the Blazers to a convincing 35-0 win over Waynesboro on Friday night.
Slater? He still found ways to get involved.
With the Blazers still nursing a seven-point lead in the second quarter and facing a 4th-and-8 from their own 28-yard line, Slater rolled out to his right on a rugby-style punt. But instead of kicking it, he ran down the sideline for a 20-yard gain and a new set of downs. Later in the drive, Slater followed his blockers into the end zone to give SHS (4-1 overall, 1-0 in the Valley District) a two-touchdown advantage.
“Matt has the green light to fake it whenever he wants,” SHS coach Chris Dodson said. “We have faith in the fact that he is going to make good choices.”
After the Blazers’ defense forced a fumble — one of three Waynesboro turnovers on the night — Hernandez was back in business. The husky running back rushed 19 yards to the Generals’ 1-yard line, and on the next play, scored his second touchdown of the night.
“Honestly, I figured we would do a lead with Slater,” said Hernandez, who finished with 38 yards on the ground. “But I was able to get the job done. Credit to my offensive line.”
Hernandez added a third touchdown early in the third quarter before Slater — who scored twice and finished with 162 yards on 20 caries — provided the final touches on the scoreboard.
“We did a lot this week looking at how to get other people the ball in the red zone because all eyes are on Matt,” Dodson said.
Waynesboro (0-5, 0-1), the third-leading scoring team in the seven-team Valley District entering Friday, struggled to move the ball against a stout Spotswood defense that allowed just 86 total yards. The Generals, who had injury issues coming into the game, didn’t help their own cause, losing three fumbles in their own territory and having several broken plays go for huge losses.
“Bottom line is we can’t afford to make turnovers,” WHS coach Derek McDaniel said. “We have very little room for error and we know that.”
A week after surrendering 48 points in a double-overtime victory, SHS defensive end Caleb Detamore was impressed with his unit’s performance.
“They are a very good offensive team so I feel like we did well [to post a shutout].”
Waynesboro 0 0 0 0 – 0
Spotswood 7 14 14 0 – 35
S-Hernandez 4 run (Dipaola kick) 2:35
S-Slater 8 run (Dipaola kick) 7:51
S-Hernandez 1 run (Dipaola) 4:44
S-Hernandez 8 run (Dipaola kick) 7:02
S-Slater 7 run (Dipaola kick) 0:21
First Downs 8 18
Rushes-Yards 34-83 42-270
Passing Yards 8 108
Total Yards 91 378
Comp-Att-Int 1-4-0 9-16-1
Fumbles-Lost 5-3 0-0
Punts 3-35.6 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-45 6-43
RUSHING- Waynesboro: Gray 8-24, Alexander 3-28, Baker 12-68, Williams 1-18, Brown 3-8, Team 7(minus 7); Spotswood: Slater 20-172, Bryant 8-43, Hernandez 5-38, Davis 4-8, Ehle 2-7, Garrison 1-5, Team 2(minus 3).
PASSING- Waynesboro: Baker 1-4-8-0; Spotswood: Polglase 9-15-1-108, Weston 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING- Waynesboro: Napier 1-8; Spotswood: Davis 5-43, Detamore 1-31, Hernandez 1-19, Slater 1-12, Ehle 1-3.