Lindly: DHS game means more than an axe to SHS

By: Jay Lindly

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DHS game means more than an axe to SHS
By Sherman play-by-play voice Jay Lindly

Bearcats Football.jpgLet me begin with this little tidbit for any Denison fans that may read this:

Sherman leads the all-time series, 65-38-8.

Now, on to the blog...
When I was asked to do a blog for mySherDenBuzz about the importance of the Sherman Bearcats returning the axe back to Bearcat Land, I thought, ‘Well, that’s easy.’
It’s the AXE. It’s Grayson County’s Super Bowl. It’s Texas’ longest-running recorded series. It’s a year worth of bragging rights.
While all of those things are true, in reality it is so much more than that for this group of Sherman seniors. For the class of 2011, they have known nothing other than Denison’s domination in this heated rivalry, as the Yellow Jackets have won six of the last seven meetings, including three straight. The Bearcats’ last win in the series came in 2006.
As good as things have been this year for Sherman (setting a variety of school records, from Thor Long’s single-game passing record to Nathan James’ career receiving marks in yards and touchdowns), it will be almost considered all for naught by the Sherman fan base should the Bearcats not return the Axe to Sherman.
Still, those things are arbitrary. Side notes if you will. The importance for Sherman lies in the future.
It’s an opportunity to do something that the Bearcats haven’t accomplished since 2002 ... go undefeated in district play and win the outright district title.
A loss would mess up the undefeated district mark and would likely mess up an outright district title, as either Sulphur Springs or Texas High is likely to end up with only one district loss. And while it will have been Sherman that caused either Sulphur Springs or Texas High’s single district loss, there is something about 6-0 in district play that has a nice ring to it.
Furthermore, it’s about keeping momentum moving forward toward the playoffs. This will be the fourth year that Sherman has made the playoffs since 2005, doing so in ‘05, ’08 and ‘09). All three of the previous trips to the playoffs have been preceded by a loss to Denison. All three have resulted in a first-round playoff exit.
As Matt Thomas wrote earlier this week, the Bearcats have survived the stiff road test (Texas High). They withstood the trap game (see last week against Royse City). Now, it’s a chance for the Bearcats to overcome three years of frustration and a chance to remove the pre-playoff Yellow Jacket “sting” with a big win over Denison. It all takes place Friday night at Munson Stadium!

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