Bearcat Radio's Matt Thomas...Game 8 Football Blog

By: Matt Thomas

It's the Bearcats Football Game 6 Blog, exclusively on and presented by Mad Rock 102.5 FM and Century 21 Dean Gilbert Realtors! Each week, Sherman radio's Matt Thomas will have a writeup on the game, breaking down what happened on the field and what it means moving forward. This week, Matt has an in-depth writeup on the Bearcats' 48-28 win over Royse City in game eight of the season and looks ahead to the upcoming Battle of the Ax game against Denison. Special thanks to Mad Rock 102.5 FM. Check them out online at today!

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“You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!”
            -- Narrator (The Twilight Zone)

Bearcats Football.jpgFor three quarters of Friday night’s 48-28 win over Royse City, head coach Gary Kinne and his Sherman Bearcats might have thought they had crossed over into the Twilight Zone after finding themselves down, 28-21, after 36 minutes of game time. 

Here is a look at some comparison stats.  The number on the left is through the first three quarters combined, while the number on the right is just the fourth quarter on its own:
Quarters              1-3        4
First Downs         14         7
Rushing yards    104       225
Total Offense       302      293
Score                     21        27

A big part of the fourth quarter turnaround was the fleet feet of Zac Whitfield.  Through three quarters, he looked like he was running through a waist-high pool of Jell-O, collecting just two yards on three carries.  When the fourth quarter started, he climbed out of the pool and proceeded to pick up 175 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries.  That’s right ... Whitfield went from averaging less than a yard per carry in the first three quarters to averaging 29.2 yards per tote in the final 12 minutes of action.

So, one might ask, how does a team so supremely talented on both sides of the ball find itself in such a precarious position?

The term “trap game” is thrown around a lot to describe either a game after a huge game in which experts predict a letdown (see South Carolina versus Kentucky on Saturday), or a game before a huge game on the schedule in which the team gets caught looking ahead (see Texas versus UCLA a few weeks ago).

Well, it’s rare that a team ends up in a trap game that features both storylines.

The Bearcats have done a great job of getting up for back-to-back contests versus very stiff competition, with people on the side saying all along that those games were for the district title.  That’s some heavy, mid-season pressure.

So they survive that and then it’s looking forward to a matchup with Denison, and thanks to the down year the Yellow Jackets are having, little thoughts of revenge and 50-0 beat downs start dancing through guys’ minds.

But wait, nestled in the middle was this little game with a team coming off its first win of the season, with an athletic backfield, just looking to give someone some trouble.

And they did.

So, on the season checklist, fans can now cross off that, “Survive dangerous trap game” item and get ready for the, “Give rival a revenge whoopin’” item that SHS fans have been chomping at the bit for all season.

It would be a tragic oversight if the stat guy didn’t mention Nathan James and his records before closing out this blog.

James joined his brother Waymon in the record books, hauling in the 14th receiving touchdown pass of his career with his first TD Friday. And then with his 12th TD catch of the season, James set the single-season receiving touchdown mark.

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