SETH — Despite a valiant effort, the Sherman Tide fell to perennial power Tug Valley to open the 2014 high school football season Friday evening in hot, muggy Seth.
As with all games in the region, dehydration and cramps were major problems as the two teams kicked off the new year.
Sherman, looking for a break-out season this time, showed local fans it has plenty of spirit and sticks in a game until the very end.
In fact, after a slow start, the Tide managed to come back and tie the game in the third quarter before eventually bowing by one touchdown, 20-14.
Tug scored early, as Phillip Lucas took the pigskin in on a two-yard run with 8:23 showing on the first period clock. The extra-points pass failed and it was 6-0.
Less than four minutes later, Tug scored again and it looked to be a long evening for the local lads. This time, Corbin Oliver went in on a ten-yard run to up the score to 12-0. Lucas then scampered in with the two-point conversion and it was 14-0.
With just a 1:05 left before the half, Sherman got on the board. Aaron Lowe scored on a 57-yard pass return to bring life to the Tide sidelines and stands. Trenton Sheppard hit the extra point and it was 14-7 at intermission.
The Tide kept rolling in the third period. With 8:06 showing, Sherman quarterback Joseph Jude connected with Braden Harrah on a 20-yard touchdown pass. Sheppard kicked the extra point to tie the game at 14-14.
But Tug came back when freshman Jeremy Dillon ran in from 28 yards out to make it 20-14 with just 23 seconds showing on the third period clock.
A scoreless fourth quarter resulted in the final 20-14 margin.
Sherman carried the ball 37 times for 128 yards and was eight-for-12 passing for 114 yards. On the night, they had 242 yards total offense while Tug had 276.
The Tide makes the long trip to Grantsville this Friday evening looking for their first win of the season at Calhoun County. Calhoun defeated next-door rival Gilmer County to start the 2014 season Friday. The following week, Valley (Fayette) comes to Seth for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.