Shorewood gets first win

  • Tony Dondero<br>Enterprise writer
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:57am


Dorian Lair and his Shorewood football teammates got their first win of the season with a 17-14 win over Monroe in a nonleague crossover season finale Nov. 2 at Shoreline Stadium.

Lair, a junior, rushed for 129 yards on 26 carries, including an 11-yard run on the opening drive of the third quarter that gave Shorewood the lead for good.

Lair carried seven times for 41 yards on the 49-yard drive that was set up by a 41-yard kickoff return by J.K. Dykes. The T-birds ran the same play on six of the eight plays of the drive, coach Andrew Hershey said.

“It’s our last game and senior night,” Lair said. “I personally did it for the seniors. I just put in all my work for them. They did so much for our team this season.”

Shorewood’s seniors have had three head coaches in four years, with Hershey being hired in June. The T-birds, who finished 1-9 overall, matched their record of the last two seasons. Monroe finished 0-10.

“This win will start off our next season pretty good,” Lair said.

Shorewood finished the game with 195 yards rushing and 234 total yards.

In a first half marred by 74 yards in penalties by Monroe and 64 by Shorewood, Monroe took a 7-3 lead.

The Bearcats’ Austin Bray scored on a 35-yard run to cap a nine-play, 90-yard drive with 6:19 left in the half. The key play of the drive was a 47-yard pass play from Bryan Sonneveldt to Cody Elledge on third-and-29 from the Monroe 13.

Shorewood answered back with a 33-yard field goal by Lair with 27 seconds left in the half.

After Shorewood scored on its first possession after halftime, the defense stiffened and kept Monroe on its half of the field the first four times it had the ball after the break.

Lair missed field goal attempts of 23 and 45 yards, but the T-birds extended the lead to 17-7 on a 7-yard pass from Jon-O Hendricks to Demarcus Taylor with 4:13 left in the game.

Monroe added an 18-yard touchdown pass from Sonneveldt to Josh Macke with 25 seconds left. The Bearcats onside kick attempt did not go 10 yards and Shorewood ran out the clock before going over to the stands to celebrate with the student fans.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Hendricks said. “There ain’t no better feeling than winning a football game.”

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