Phil Perry For The Coal Valley News
October 22, 2013
SETH — To say that Man fullback Neil Mullins is hard to bring down is like saying that Sherman’s colors are maroon and gold. It’s just a fact, Jack.
The 265-pound Mullins ran for 101 yards on 16 touches and notched two quarterback sacks on defense to lead the Hillbillies to a convincing 36-6 win at Zontini Field on Friday evening.
The contest looked to be a defensive battle in the first half as scoring was scarce. Man held a slim 8-6 lead after John Keffer hit Cayce Mullins on a 15-yard strike for a score.
Tide signal caller Bailey Kirk hit Braden Harrah for a 24-yard strike, keeping the Tide close for what looked to be a chance for the Sherman (2-6) to upset the Class A No. 4 ranked Hillbillies (6-1) and give the maroon and gold something nice to hang their hat on as the season winds down.
It simply wasn’t to be on this night. Man’s horse in the backfield has been Braden Griffin, but an injured shoulder forced Mullins into a feature role and he didn’t disappoint.
In the third, Mullins blasted in from nine yards out to make it 14-6 with 8:24 to play in the third quarter. The two-point conversion failed but the Hillbillies racked off 22 unanswered points in the third and cruised to the victory to keep their perfect season alive.
Sherman coach J.D. Fairchild knew he was in for a dogfight in the week prior to the game.
“They have athletes. They are always physical teams and they play hard. They have earned their ranking this season.”
The loss leaves Sherman with four straight losses and the task of getting the Tide running game uncorked. The Tide rushed 29 times for a meager net of five yards in the game.
Kirk completed 5-of-14 passes for 39 yards. Harrah Caught two balls for 27 yards and Tyler Stewart, Aaron Lowe and Taite Pauley each caught a pass for Sherman.
Josh Buffington led all tacklers with 12 and a sack, Allan McCormick had eight and a fumble recovery, Logan Buzzard had seven, Braden Harrah had six, Kris Santonio and Aaron Lowe had five, H Canterbury had four, Tanner Lewis, Adam Miller, Kyle Davis and Taite Pauley had three, B Richards and Nate Dickens had two, Trenton Shepard, Steven Dickens, David Cabell, Joseph Thomas and Tyler Stewart had one each.
Sherman hosts Class AA No. 7 Sissonville Friday at Zontini Field.