Bearcats Week 0 KMAD's Matt Thomas

By: Matt Thomas
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It's the Bearcats Football Week 0 Blog, exclusively on and presented by Mad Rock 102.5 FM and Century 21 Dean Gilbert Realtors! Each week, a member of the SHS play-by-play team will have a writeup on the game, breaking down what happened on the field and what it means moving forward. This week, Sherman radio's Matt Thomas has an in-depth writeup on the Bearcats' 50-27 win at The Colony in the season opener. Special thanks to Mad Rock 102.5 FM. Check them out online at today!

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Bearcats Football.jpgThe adage goes you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so now would be as good a time as any to talk about some first impressions from Friday night’s 50-27 win over The Colony at Hawk Stadium in Carrolton, Texas.

First, as an offense, it did not take the Bearcats too long to shake off the rust of the summer. While the first drive netted just three yards and ended in a punt, it only took the squad until drive two to find pay dirt, doing so with a 50 yard connection between Thor Long and Tory Minor.

While some of the names may have changed, the quick-strike offense that has helped the Bearcats post some high scoring totals in the last couple years remains the same. The longest TD scoring drive the offense tied together lasted a marathon 2:20, with both drives that lasted that long going just six plays. Here is a list of Sherman’s touchdown scoring drives:

2 plays, 52 yards, 0:17 TOP
4 plays, 66 yards, 1:38 TOP
7 plays, 72 yards, 1:49 TOP
5 plays, 77 yards, 1:00 TOP
6 plays, 24 yards, 2:20 TOP
6 plays, 70 yards, 2:20 TOP

Long was impressive in his first game taking over the QB job for SHS, connecting on 18-of-30 for 299 yards and five touchdowns.

He was impressive, thanks in large part to the equally impressive performances of Minor and Nathan James.

Minor flirted with school single-game receiving records with seven grabs for 186 yards and three scores, while James added six receptions for 101 yards and two more scores of his own.

And while on the subject of James, he knows how to make big plays on both sides of the ball. He chipped in a pair of interceptions and, just to make it memorable, returned one of them 63 yards for a touchdown.

If there was a negative to the season opener, it would probably be the running game, which struggled at times to take hold. A victim in this was Zac Whitfield, who in nine games in 2009 rushed for over 1,000 yards and averaged 10.3 yards per carry, finished with 77 yards on 12 carries. He did add a TD and 6.4 yards per carry is solid, and with the passing game clicking as it was, fans will have to wait and see on the running game for another week.

Hawk Stadium made its own first impression to fans. With just over a minute to play in the game, the stadium lights, in unison, cut out and blanketing the field in darkness mid-play. The referee called the game official and the teams shook hand as best they could in the dark. The irony (yes, I mean irony) is that the game was only being played at Hawk Stadium do to an inspection technicality at The Colony’s home field ... dealing with, you guessed it, the lights.

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