By: Phil Perry For the Coal Valley News
September 9, 2013
SETH – The Sherman High School football squad accomplished a couple of important things in their 23-15 victory over Calhoun County on Friday night.
First of all, the maroon and gold put a halt to a seven game losing streak that began after a week four 32-0 victory over Hannan High last season. Secondly, they celebrated the first victory in the J.D. Fairchild era of Tide football. Coach Fairchild credited the victory to his staff and a group of hard working young men.
“I have a very hard working staff of coaches around me and these kids are working hard every day and they want to get better and they want to win ballgames,” he said. “That is a pretty good combination.”
The Class A Tidesters were looking to avenge a lopsided 20-point loss to Calhoun County in 2012.
The maroon and gold wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard. Freshman quarterback Bailey Kirk showed poise and heart in fighting his way into the end-zone on a short quarterback keeper. The score gave Sherman a 6-0 advantage. The home team missed the extra point on a cool night at Zontini Field.
The Red Devils soon answered with a score of their own to take a 7-6 lead.
The second quarter was a defensive battle for the ages as the Tide pressured Red Devil signal caller Logan Moore into a safety. Jordan Thompson and Josh Buffington were at the center of the play and put two points on the board for their team. Sherman led at the half, 8-7.
Sherman offensive coordinator Brian Jarrell and Fairchild together made an adjustment at the half that they thought could spring talented Sherman running back Aaron Lowe for a long gain or two in the third.
“We just noticed they were plugging the B gap and over-committing so we wanted to get Lowe to the outside in the second half.”
In the third quarter, Lowe and the Tide offensive line made their coaches proud as they executed a play that saw Lowe spring on an outside power play. After an ankle breaking move on a Red Devil cornerback, Lowe sprinted 61 yards to pay-dirt as the Tide faithful roared like a hungry bear in a cage. Seth became electric on this night as the Tidesters would not be denied.
After a successful extra point by kicker Jonathon Browning, Sherman went up, 15-8.
It is worthy of noting that Tide linebacker Josh Buffington has proven to have a nose for the big play as he tallied four sacks on the evening.
The teams swapped scores in the fourth period with Sherman striking first on a second quarterback keeper on a read/option play from Kirk. The Tide made a two-point conversion on a run from Lowe out of an extra-point formation.
Special teams coach Jim Henderson’s punt return unit averaged a gaudy 17.33 yards per return on this night.
After the dust had settled and the lights came down the Tide had notched an important victory for their 2013 campaign. Zontini Field was filled with joy on this Friday night.
“It really feels good for us to get that first win in the books,” said Fairchild.
“It just validates all of the hard work the kids put in. We needed this as a team.”
With the victory, Sherman (1-1) matched their victory total from a year ago in the second week of the 2013 season. Up next for the Tide is a road meeting with a (2-0) Wyoming East team that defeated Westside 35-7 on Friday night.
For the Sherman offense: Bailey Kirk completed 6-of-14 passes for 59 yards with an interception and two rushing touchdowns, Aaron Lowe rushed 7 times for 83 yards and a touchdown, Taite Pauley rushed nine times for 43 yards and Tyler Stewert hauled in five passes for 53 yards.
For the Sherman defense: Logan Buzzard had 10 tackles and one assist, Taite Pauley had seven tackles, Steven Dickens and Jordan Thompson had four tackles and an assist, Braden harrah had three tackles and an assist, Kyle Davis and Josh Buffington had three tackles, Aaron Lowe, Allan McCormick, Jacob Perdue, Brandon Richards and Mathew Crose had two tackles, Kris Santonio, Tyler Stewart and Adam miller had a solo tackle.
For the Sherman special teams: Braden Harrah punted six times for a 34.0 average and Tyler Stewart returned three punts for a 17.33 average.