SETH, W.Va – The No. 12 ranked Class A Sherman Tide made another strong statement for a playoff berth on Friday night when they took down River View on senior night at Zontini Field, 45-14.
The end of the opening quarter saw Sherman take advantage of good field position and a Raider turnover to lead, 24-0. Three Tide ball carriers rushed for over 100 yards in a ground attack that the Raiders could not counter.
Tide quarterback Bailey Kirk proved efficient once again, completing 2-of-3 attempts for 53 yards with two of the catches going for scores to receivers Tyler Pettry and J.T. Hensley.
Kirk also ran for a pair of scores and racked up 103 yards on the ground. Ben Salmon ate up large chunks of yardage for the Tide, including a 65-yard dart around the strong side of the Tide’s veer offensive set.
Sherman had just one turnover on the night. The Tide took the 24-point lead into halftime.
Coach J.D. Fairchild’s squad continued to pound the ground in the second half as Kirk, running backs Willen Christian and Salmon all scored on runs for the Tide. Sherman, (8-2) put a lid on a regular season that saw the Tide win a big opener with Tug Valley before a setback on the road at Gilmer County and at home versus county rival Van for their only losses.
Coach Fairchild noted that after last week’s one point win over Greenbrier West that his squad knew that they had to beat Riverview to have a shot at a playoff berth. “Our kids know what is at stake,” he said. “We’ll prepare and keep our heads in the game and focused.”
For the game, Christian ran 10 times for 113 yards and Salmon carried seven times for 151 to add to Kirk’s contribution to Sherman’s three-headed running attack. Kirk led Sherman with 13 tackles, John Dickens had 12 and a sack with Ian Beller contributing nine and two sacks.
Dylan Richmond also had a sack. Will Hensley (2), Colton Bassham and Tyler Pettry had interceptions for the Tide defense. Sherman is idle this week.
Phil Perry is a freelance reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165.