Tide strong early, fall to Class AA No. 9 Warriors, 46-6

Phil Perry For The Coal Valley News

September 16, 2013

NEW RICHMOND - On a night when all three Boone County prep football teams suffered a loss, the Sherman Tide fell to Wyoming East, 46-6.

Sherman (1-2) came out of the gate swiftly and with a purpose. On their first series the Tide struck with a Sweep pass from running back Aaron Lowe to wideout Braiden Harrah.

Sherman’s 34 defense kept the Warriors out of the end zone in the first quarter as the Tide took a 6-0 lead into the second frame.

“We saw a little something on film that we thought we could exploit and the kids executed it to perfection,” said Coach J.D. Fairchild about the scoring play.

The outsized Tide had little luck in the second quarter as Warrior fullback Coty Bishop began to pound the ball at the Sherman defense to the tune of 132 yards rushing and three touchdowns. One in the second period was a 58-yard gallop to the endzone.

It is worthy of noting that the warriors dress about 55 players which is roughly twice that of Class A Sherman.

Before Sherman could establish anything offensively the Warriors took a 19-6 advantage into halftime.

“They knocked us around in those middle quarters and we couldn’t recover. They are a pretty big Class AA team and they were hard for us to handle at times,” said Fairchild.

“Our guys fought hard.”

The third quarter was more of the same for the Tide. Christian Hedinger hauled in a 17-yard touchdown strike from junior quarterback Aaron Griffith and Nik Walker scored on a 44-yard gallop for the Warriors. Wyoming East (3-0) had the game under control with a 40-6 lead and they never looked back.

Sherman freshman quarterback Bailey Kirk made two very nice passes to Braiden Harrah in the game.

Coach Fairchild was able to pull something positive from the game.

“I liked the fact that we played to the whistle and had the opportunity to face a pretty good football team. I think it will help us later in the season. We have a lot to work on but we have come a long way in a short time.”

Sherman gave up 5 sacks in the game and lost three fumbles.

Sherman will celebrate homecoming this Friday as they host Hannan. The Wildcats stand at (1-3) after a 60-0 loss to Federal Hocking (OH) last Friday.

Hannan beat Hundred 56-0 and fell to Valley (Wetzel) 41-8.

Individual statistics for Sherman versus Wyoming East were unavailable at CVN deadline.