BOONE COUNTY — Sherman High’s football team swept the Coal Valley News All-County football awards in 2020 as the Tide served as the team in the county with the most overall wins (6) and garnered an undisputed Boone County football championship by defeating both Scott and Van in the regular season.
In all, Sherman is represented by 10 players on the team, and Scott and Van notch nine each.
Sherman’s senior quarterback Davy Jarrell is the “Offensive Player of the Year.”
The signal caller completed 67 of 139 passes for 1,001 yards on the season in just eight games (a ninth game was a forfeit victory) with six TD passes and his longest completion going 86 yards for a score.
Jarrell was no one-trick pony; he amassed 236 yards rushing on 57 carries for a (4.1) average while scoring eight TDs. Jarrell led the Tide offense in total TDs (14) and yardage while accounting for 154.6 per game.
The Tide’s senior lineman Hunter Bowling is the “Defensive Player of the Year.” The returning All-State selection separated himself from other defenders by notching 15.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks on the season. He tied fellow All-County teammate CJ Winnell for the team lead in tackles with 86.
Additionally, Bowling averaged 34.7 yards per kickoff for the Tide as a kicker.
Sherman coach Michael Showalter is the “Coach of the Year,” a distinction he has earned three of the last four seasons. Sherman narrowly missed their fourth Class A playoff appearance in five years in 2020 after an SSAC rule change at regular season’s end regarding the COVID-19 related state school map color-coded system bumped the Tide from the post season.
“I really want to thank the Coal Valley News for bringing the all-county team back four years ago because it is a great thing for our kids and it gets them recognized and when they are picked for this team and these awards it means a lot to them and I appreciate that someone does the work and research and talks to the coaches about their kids and all of our county teams are represented,” he said. “As coach of the year it is the ultimate recognition of your team and you aren’t coach of the year without a successful season.”
He added, “A lot of work went in from my staff and our players. For Hunter and Davy to win these awards, there aren’t two kids who prepare and work harder and show leadership for their team than these guys.”
Additionally, each Boone County school had 1,000-yard rushers in 2020 in Sherman’s CJ Winnell, Van’s Brady Green and Scott’s Klay Matthews. The feat was especially impressive considering that no school in the county completed a 10-game season due to COVID-19 guidelines.
The CVN All-County Football Team is sponsored by Handley Funeral Home of Danville, which will provide plaques for the players of the year and coach of the year.
NOTE: For player selections, a combination of statistical data, interviews with county coaches and opposing coaches for each school determined the roster for the team. The Coach of the Year selection was determined by overall team record, head-to-head results against other county teams and overall team success.
2020 CVN All County Team Offense
Quarterback — Davy Jarrell —senior/Sherman
Running back — Klay Matthews — sophomore/Scott
Running back — CJ Winnell —junior/Sherman
Running back — Brady Green — sophomore/Van
Wide receiver — TJ Hager — sophomore/Sherman
Wide receiver — Jeff McCoy — senior/Scott
Offensive lineman — Weston Gunnoe — sophomore/Van
Offensive lineman — Isiah Perdue — senior/Van
Offensive lineman — Will Elkins — junior/Scott
Offensive lineman— Jesse Blankenship — senior/Van
Offensive lineman — Billy Mullins — senior/Sherman
Utility — Kalen Booth — senior/Van
Utility — Colby Buzzard — junior/Sherman
Defensive lineman — Hunter Bowling — senior/Sherman
Defensive lineman — Gavin Sutphin — junior/Scott
Defensive lineman — Alan Javins —senior/Sherman
Defensive lineman — Cody Nantz — junior/Scott
Linebacker — Slade Adams —senior/Van
Linebacker — Carter Dunfee — senior/Sherman
Linebacker — Cooper Martin— junior/Scott
Linebacker — Dane Messer — senior/Scott
Defensive back — Daniel Green— junior/Sherman
Defensive back — Kyle Matthews — junior/Scott
Defensive back — Alex Kirk — senior/Sherman
Utility — Byron Stewart — sophomore/Van
Utility — Shaun Booth — sophomore/Van
Punter/Kicker — Michael Clay/Scott (Punter) and Jesse Blankenship/Van (kicker)
Coach of the Year — Michael Showalter/Sherman
Offensive Player of the Year — Davy Jarrell/Sherman
Defensive Player of the Year — Hunter Bowling/Sherman