Bearcat Radio's Matt Thomas...Game 10 Blog

By: Matt Thomas


It's the Bearcats Football Game 9 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'
54-7 win over Greenville Friday at at home for the District 13-4A Championship. Special thanks to Mad Rock 102.5 FM. Check them out online at today!


Bearcats Football.jpgCongratulations are in order for the 2010 Sherman Bearcat football team after wrapping up the 2010 season.

A 9-1 season is impressive, especially when that season was one point away from being 10-0.  Even in the one loss, however, this SHS team made a statement.

A district championship is always something to brag about, especially when a team goes through the district schedule without a blemish for the first time since 2002.

Games were won, points were scored, records were broken, goals were met and a whole lot of expectations were built up for the postseason.

The Bearcats, for all the statements they have made this season, still has one more monkey to shake off its back.

The last two seasons have seen a Bearcat team with high expectations fall to overmatched teams in the first round.

I know what you’re saying, “Why rain on our parade after such a great season?”

First, no raining, that’s why I started with the positives.

Second, I think if you talked to the players and coaches on the field, while all the things accomplished in the last 10 games has been nice, it’s the next statement they have been looking to make for nearly a year since an untimely playoff exit at the hands of Newman Smith last November.

Now here are a couple reason why I think that statement will be made next Friday when Sherman takes on Marshall in Mesquite, Texas:

First, several members of this team have gone through the experiences of the last two seasons.  Not just gone through it, but been key members of those teams that soared through the regular season only to have their postseason train ride derailed before it even got out of the station.  I’ll bet if you asked them they would say that sucked (Their words, not mine).  If the disappointment of the last two playoff game results isn’t enough to spur these guys on, I don’t know what is.

Second, I kind of alluded to this in the one above, but this team is as experienced as any team out there with several members of the club having been big contributors for two or three seasons now.  Coaches can’t buy that kind of experience, and at no time in a season does experience come into play than heading into a playoff run.

Third, this team may be better all around than the last two Bearcat teams that stumbled.  On offense, this is the most balanced team the Bearcats have had in my three seasons keeping stats for KMAD.  IN 2008 Waymon James ran away with things and in 2009, things balanced out more, but the 2010 squad has been successful running and passing, outgaining its opponents in both as a team for the year.

Finally, and this ties somewhat into number three, the 2010 defense is the best defense of the three years in question.  SHS is allowing an average of just 19.9 ppg in 2010, that compared to 24.8 ppg in 2009 and 29.8 ppg in 2008.  The defense has forced 22 turnover on the year, turning five of its interceptions into touchdowns.  They’ve also forced a safety.

In the end, the trials of the long season and the experience of the disappointment of the last two years should motivate the 2010 squad to take care of business in the first round and once that monkey is off their back, who knows where this team can go.

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