HOUTZDALE - The Glendale football team hasn't gotten the upperhand on too many opponents this season.
During Friday's contest at rival Moshannon Valley, however, the Vikings frustrated Black Knight quarterback Eric Sherkel early and often and raced out to a 14-0 lead.
Sherkel lost two of his team's three fumbles in the quarter, but once he got settled in, he was able to rally Mo Valley to a 48-20 win at the Moshannon Valley Athletic Complex.
Sherkel ran for 246 yards and four touchdowns, and threw for two more, as the Black Knights overcame a turnover-filled first quarter.
"And he's only a sophomore," Knights coach Michael Keith said. "He's an athlete and he's a player, so you just let him play. He's going to make mistakes here and there. He's a sophomore, so he's going to. In an important time, you want the ball in his hands."
The Vikings' Tyler Potutschnig returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score. Glendale's defense forced a Mo Valley fumble deep inside Knights territory that led to Kyle Stewart's 6-yard touchdown for the 14-0 advantage.
And then Sherkel and his offensive line took over.
Sherkel got his team on the board with his first touchdown pass - a 13-yarder to a diving Justin Kitko - and followed it with a 21-yard scamper to give his team the lead after a two-point conversion and the first of four Michael Krupa PATs.
Mo Valley (3-4) finished with 460 yards on the ground and 519 yards total.
"Our offense was clicking," Keith said. "We moved the ball really well, and our defense played outstanding. We gave them one play - one long run - and other than that, they had nothing. We got better. We got better from last week to this week, and we need to keep doing that every week."
The Knights' Dylan Elder added to his team's big night on the ground, as he toted 14 carries for a career-high 147 yards.
The story of the night was Sherkel, however, as he scored twice in the first 79 seconds of the second half to help his team pull away.
Sherkel raced 59 yards to paydirt on the first play and followed it up with a 21-yard interception return on the Vikings' first play of the half.
"We came out fired up and that's how we practiced all week," Glendale coach Matt Irvine said. "The kids were ready to go. It just seemed like once [Mo Valley] scored, they started getting down. I don't know what it was, but it was just downhill from there.
Potutschnig capitalized on Stewart's 75-yard run to the Mo Valley 2 with a 1-yard plunge two plays later, but that accounted for the last Viking score in the contest.
Sherkel connected with Sam Demko on a 17-yard scoring strike before capping his night with an 8-yard score on the ground. Mo Valley backup quarterback Levi Frailey ended the scoring with a 1-yarder late in the fourth.
"[Sherkel] is a good ball player and they've got him for two more years," Irvine said. The first couple of drives we were putting pads on him but then we started getting down and started arm tackling, and he's just going to run through those. We have to drive through it and put pads on him, but he's a good player."
Next week, the Knights are at Williamsburg while Glendale (1-6) hosts Juniata Valley.
Glendale14 0 6 0 -- 20
Mo Valley0 15 20 13 -- 48
G-Potutschnig 80 kickoff return, (Iraca run), 11:48.
G-Ky. Stewart 6 run, (run failed), :28.
MV-Kitko 13 pass from Sherkel, (Ke. Stewart pass from Sherkel), 7:06.
MV-Sherkel 21 run, (M. Krupa kick), 2:21.
MV-Sherkel 59 run, (kick failed), 11:43.
MV-Sherkel 21 interception return, (M. Krupa kick), 10:41.
G-Potutschnig 1 run, (pass failed), 9:00.
MV-Demko 17 pass from Sherkel, (M. Krupa kick), 3:06.
MV-Sherkel 8 run, (M. Krupa kick), 8:06.
MV-Frailey 1 run, (run failed), 2:49.
Passing Yards28 59
Total Plays-Yards 44-14964-519
Rushing: Glendale--Ky. Stewart 8-97, Potutschnig 14-30, Kimberly 2-1, Hewitt 1-1, Rojas 4-(-8). Moshannon Valley--Sherkel 22-246, Elder 14-147, Thomas 10-62, Frailey 3-6, Team 1-(-1).
Passing: Glendale--Potutschnig 4-15-2-28; Moshannon Valley--Sherkel 5-14-0-59.
Receiving: Glendale--Martz 1-18, Rojas 1-8, Ky. Stewart 2-2. Moshannon Valley--Ke. Stewart 2-22, Kitko 2-20, Demko 1-17.
Inteceptions: Moshannon Valley--Sherkel, Ohs.