Sherman Football Playoff Blog
By Matt Thomas
Well, it’s under bad circumstances that the final blog of the 2010 Sherman football season comes to you. The Bearcats 55-34 loss at Cowboys Stadium to West Mesquite brings to a close of the more memorable seasons in Bearcat history, although it does not put a proper cap on what was a truly spectacular 2010 campaign.
Let’s talk about Friday’s game first and get it out of the way.
Can we just agree that if it could go wrong it did from the final minute of the second quarter through the end of the contest, especially for the poor souls on offense.
Halfway through the first quarter everything was coming up sunshine and puppy dogs for Sherman as it got out to a 10-0 lead and had to feel confident that it could build on that.
Even with a pair of WMHS scores Sherman took a 17-13 lead into the second quarter.
SHS was expecting a dog fight so it was OK that one broke out, but the Bearcats did hold a 20-19 lead with less than 30 seconds to play in the half.
Then the wheels started to come off.
The Wranglers blocked a punt deep in Sherman territory and turned its deficit into a 27-20 lead heading into halftime.
This had to be one of the more demoralizing moments of the season, but with 24 minutes of football ahead, the goal at halftime was to put that last play behind and make the necessary adjustments.
Things looked good out of the gate when Robert Gay recovered a Trevone Boykins fumble in the endzone on WMHS’s first possession of the half to knot the score.
A Wrangler score and a SHS punt and next thing you know, Jaron Davis is returning an interception 41 yards for a game-tying TD.
I don’t think anyone thought at that time that all the scoring the Bearcats had in them had already been put on the board.
Boykin took over for WMHS and threw a TD and ran for two more, showing why he is one of the state’s best talents.
The disappointment is not the loss, although it stings. The true disappointment comes in the nature of the loss. A team that had been both dominant and had always had an answer when a team threw a haymaker, was finally left speechless.
While Football in Grayson county is done a few weeks before people may have hoped, don’t think that the 2010 season isn’t still one for the scrap book.
I’ll be hard pressed to ever see a team get more out of a loss than Sherman did in its one-point loss at the hands of Highland Park. They showed everyone, including themselves, that they could play with anybody.
Or the long trip to Texarkana. SHS took shot after shot from Texas High and in the end, the Bearcats walked out with the win in a place that not many opponents are able to do that.
The Royse City game when it appeared that for what ever reason the Bearcats did not come to play, trailing 28-21 heading into the fourth quarter before exploding for 27 points and a 49-28 lead that all but locked up a district title.
Is there any sweeter feeling than putting a 39-0 whipping on your county rival? Especially on the heels of the past two seasons. To be honest a win over Denison in any year feels good, regardless of the rest of the season.
Or coming home to face Greenville to finish the district schedule undefeated which is no small feat.
A first round playoff win against Marshall. It may not win a lot of style points after nearly losing a 24-0 lead, but it did shake a pesky first-round monkey off the Bearcats’ backs.
Those are just a few of the moments that the 2010 Bearcat players will get to take with them and reminisce about at the 10 year class reunion and beyond.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t recap some of the impressive numbers of the 2010 season, I am the stat guy, right.
Thor Long turned in an impressive season with 2,969 yards and 32 touchdowns. He completed 59.1 percent of his passes and averaged 247.4 yards per game passing.
Nathan James, who was on the receiving end of a 94 yard Long pass that goes in the books as the longest in Bearcat history racked up 1,176 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns. He averaged 18.1 yards per catch and 98.0 yards per game.
James, Davis and Kyle Crick each had two interception returns for touchdowns. It’s tough to get one, let alone three guys on the same defense each having two.
Erik Hosek finished the year 11-of-13 on field goals with a season long of 50. He was 50-of-57 on PAT tries.
Braylon Mitchell posted 95 tackles on the season and led a group that included Kahlee Woods, Kevin Crick, Diego Mingura Raul Alvarado and Robert Gay with 50 or more tackles.
I guess that puts a cap on a 10-2 season in 2010 and I know Bearcat fans are already excited for 2011.