Oh, those 'Cardiac Cats!' ???
Now this is just ridiculous.
I’m not one to start drinking the maroon Kool-Aid, but for crying out loud, the Bearcats were down 19-0 with seven seconds left in the third quarter. That’s three scores any way you slice it. Three scores on an afternoon when they had barely seen the grass on the Rockwall-Heath side of the field.
But there is just something about this group of Bearcats. Maybe, they should have a little intra-squad scrimmage during pre-game activities, so the first half might feel like the second half! During the second half of these playoff games, and especially the fourth quarter, it has been ‘Sherman-time.’
Sherman has been along for the ride for the first 36 minutes of the last two games against competition that many thought was better. They would wait until the other team gave an inch; and then the Bearcats would march right in and take the ‘mile.’
The inch came immediately after Heath scored to take a 19-0 lead when Ryan Reid sprinted 92 yards on the ensuing kickoff for the score after many people figured the Bearcats would only find pay-dirt with a map and the help of Indiana Jones.
And then Boom! By the midway point in the fourth quarter, the Bearcats had scored a pair of TDs on offense and mounted a 20-19 lead. But even that was not enough for the “Showman” Bearcats.
For an encore to the comeback, SHS would see the Hawks score a go-ahead TD with 1:25 to play, only to have the offense answer with its own 45 second drive that ended with a 31-yard toss from Gus Daniel to JT Luper to fashion the 28-25 win.
I, for one, hate those cliché nicknames that teams like this get, but to quote Denison broadcaster Lynn Burkhead, these have been the “Cardiac-Cats.”
As the 2011 Bearcats march into territory that SHS teams have only trod twice before, another cliché starts bouncing around in the heads of the Sherman faithful. Words like “Team of Destiny” start flowing pretty easily when you watch what Sherman has been able to do these last two weeks on their improbable journey to the State Quarterfinals.
However, looming ahead is the toughest challenge yet: the Tyler John Tyler squad that just made its way to this game by knocking off Highland Park by three-points. Yes, that Highland Park; the one that Sherman saw way too much of those many weeks ago. On the line is a trip to the state semi-finals.
Being the perennial pessimist that most people assume I am, I’ll withhold the “Team of Destiny” talk until this latest challenger is dispatched. But given the way this playoff season has gone for Sherman, I wouldn’t bet against them.
I just hope there is still room on the bandwagon for me next week.