By: Phil Perry For The Coal Valley News
September 23, 2013
SETH - Sherman High (2-2) scored 21 points in the opening quarter and led 49-6 at the half to send Hannan High (1-3) back to Ashton with a mind-boggling defeat. With spirits high in Seth, Jeremy Purdue and Torri Halstead were crowned homecoming king and queen at halftime.
In a game that was quirky at times, the Wildcats lost eight fumbles in the contest, which greatly contributed to their pigskin woes.
For Sherman, the game served as a momentum builder as the maroon and gold enter the heart of their 2013 schedule.
The homecoming parade brought a colorful and energetic atmosphere before the game that was led by honorary parade Grand Marshall and retired Tide Football/Baseball Coach Bill Miller and wife and retired Sherman teacher Joanie Banks-Miller.
Hannan got on the scoreboard first when a Sherman passing attempt was ruled a fumble by the officials and the Wildcats ran it in for a short score with 2:11 off the clock. Hannan failed on the conversion and led 6-0. It would be the only lead they would hold in the contest.
The story of this game lay in the Wildcats’ inability to get the ball in their signal caller’s hands.
While Hannan led in first downs (5-4) and time of possession (28:39) to (19:21), any sustained drive was turned into a mirage by a series of bad snaps in their shotgun package. The Tide scored on four of those mishaps.
Hannan rarely, if ever, had the quarterback under center all night.
The Wildcats weren’t alone. The Tide lost 3-of-4 fumbles in their own right, while only paying for one of them.
“That was one of the strangest games I can remember being a part of. We ran less than 10 offensive plays in the first half and led 49-6 at halftime,” said Sherman coach J.D. Fairchild.
Five different Tidesters scored on this night as Tyler Stewart (2), Taite Pauley (2), Aaron Lowe (2), Josh Buffington and Mathew Crose all hit paydirt.
Coach Fairchild likes the way his players are establishing themselves physically on the field.
“We have been bringing the wood (hitting hard) in each of the games we have played. I like the physical nature of this team. While we capitalized on those bad snaps, you have to be in position to do that. You have to take advantage of those situations and we are doing that very well right now.”
It wasn’t all smiles during the game. In the third quarter freshman receiver/kick returner Blain Hensley suffered a broken ankle. The game was delayed for an hour while the Tidester was transported to the hospital.
“We hate to lose him for any amount of time. He is a tough kid and a big part of our team,” said Fairchild.
Sherman was able to play virtually their whole squad on this night as the jayvee squad began to trickle into the game as early as the second quarter.
“It is always a good thing when you get to play a lot of kids in a victory,” added Fairchild.
“I have to take my hat of to this community. They stuck around to the very end of the game. I want to thank them for their support of our program.”
The Tide will host Liberty (Raleigh) this Friday as they promote their “blackout week” in honor of West Virginia Coal Miners. Sherman encourages all fans to wear as much black as possible.
Liberty (1-3) lost to Mount View (1-3) 23-6 on Friday.
For the Sherman offense - Bailey Kirk completed 1-of-2 passes for 35 and rushed for 70 yards on six carries. Aaron Lowe had two carries for 47 yards and two scores, Kyle Davis had three carries for 27 yards, Jordan Thompson had seven carries for 17 yards, Nate Dickens carried the ball four times for 15 yards, Hunter Canterbury had five carries for seven yards and Tyler Pettry had three yards on two carries. Braden Harrah had one catch for 35 yards. Tyler Stewart scored twice (once on 76-yard kick return). Josh Buffington and Mathew Crose also found the endzone.
For the Sherman defense - Trento Sheppard and Adam Miller had five tackles, Jonathon Hayhurst and Hunter Canterbury had four, Aaron Lowe, Kris Santonio, Braden Harrah and Colten Sullivan had three, Joseph Thomas, Logan Buzzard, Josh Buffington and Brandon Richards had two. Tyler Steward, Allan McCormick, Willen Christian, Nate Dickens, Tanner Lewis, Seth Stallings and Blain Hensley each had a solo tackle.
For Sherman Special Teams - Trenton Shepard made 6-of-6 extra point tries, Tyler Stewart returned a kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown, Blain Hensley returned a kickoff for 11-yards.