Montgomery's message: Pass more, please

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
After Clayton Valley fell more than two scores behind in the fourth quarter of its 21-11 loss to Montgomery on Saturday in the NCS Division II quarterfinals, Vikings safety Jake Haas was practically salivating.
Clayton Valley would be forced to pass – playing right into Montgomery’s strength. Haas, safety Austin Shull and cornerback Dylan Smallcomb have combined for 14 interceptions this season.
“If we can get a team to pass, we pretty much feel like we have the game,” Haas said. “That’s what we want – the other team to start throwing.”
Of course, Montgomery’s next opponent – Casa Grande – will present a stiffer challenge than Clayton Valley.
Gauchos junior quarterback Nick Sherry has thrown for 2,245 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In Casa Grande’s 21-20 win against Montgomery this season, Sherry, in his third varsity start, completed 9 of 19 passes for 175 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. It was just the second time Sherry was held without a touchdown this season and it was his third-lowest completion percentage in a game.