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WELCH — Tony Bailey put on a show with less than 4 minutes to go in the game to give Mount View (10-1) an 18-6 win over Sherman (6-5) in Friday night’s Class A first-round playoff game at Vic Nystrom Stadium.

Sherman employed a defensive strategy to take away the deep threat, placing safety Dalton Rollo patrolling high as he led Class A football with 9 interceptions in 2021. Stephen Estep played a strong game in the defensive backfield for Sherman — swatting away a pair of potential catches.

“I thought we came in with a very solid defensive game plan, and we went with a 4-3 defense, which we don’t normally do,” said Sherman first-year Head Coach Kevin Buzzard. “Our kids played their guts out and we moved the ball. We just had too many turnovers and penalties that we couldn’t overcome.”

Daniel “Bubba” Green made a pair of stops in the Golden Knight’s backfield in the second quarter to electrify the Tide defense.

Bailey led all receivers with seven catches for 100 yards, giving Mount View the 12-6 lead on his 56-yard scoring reception from Ryan Long with just 3:14 left in the game, but a failed 2-point conversion left hope for the maroon and gold from Seth.

On the next series — with time winding down — Sherman signal caller T.J. Hager completed an 18-yard pass to Colby Buzzard that would set the Tide up across mid-field.

Buzzard fumbled after the catch — perhaps stripped by Bailey who was playing corner on the play — and the speedy Bailey went 51 yards for a score with less than 3 minutes to play.

On Sherman’s next possession, Mount View’s Tavious Richardson sacked Hager for a loss in front of the Tide bench before a fight broke out resulting in the ejection of two Knights players and one from Sherman, which leaves the Golden Knights short a pair of starters as they advance in the Class A playoffs.

On the night, Sherman’s offense couldn’t come up with big plays outside of a 33-yard romp from Hager in the second quarter that set up what could have been a decisive score inside the 15-yard line, but the Tide lost possession on downs after sputtering in the red zone.

Coach Buzzard spoke about the 2021 season, which saw Sherman return to playoff action after three successive years in 2016-18 with an appearance, and a narrow miss last season.

“We went through a lot this year and overcame some challenges,” he said. “Our kids play hard and don’t quit. We made some mistakes and grew up along the way. Our coaching staff and kids grew up this year. Our kids take coaching, and they’re a great group.”

C.J. Winnell rushed for 133 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 3-yard dive in the opening frame. Long responded with a score on a keeper, which kept the score knotted at 6-6 for nearly three quarters.

Buzzard added 98 yards rushing on 16 carries for Sherman. Long completed 13 of 24 passing attempts for 154 yards and a touchdown for Mount View. Bell had 90 yards in 11 touches.

Mount View was penalized 11 times for minus-135 yards. Sherman was flagged seven times for minus-45 yards.

The Golden Knights advanced to play the winner of Clay-Battelle and Ritchie County.

Scoring summary

Sherman — 6 0 0 0 — 6

Mount View — 6 0 0 12 — 18

First Quarter

S— Chris Winnell 3 run (pass failed) 8:58

MV— Ryan Long 1 run (kick failed) 0:21

Fourth Quarter

MV— Tony Bailey 56 pass from Ryan Long (TJ Bell run failed) (3:14)

MV — Bailey 51 strip-and-score (kick failed) 2:56

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.

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