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Phil Perry/Coal Valley News Sherman High's CJ Winnell (4) returned an interception for a touchdown with 2 minutes to go in Sherman's 28-27 win over Shady Spring on Nov. 2, 2020.

SHADY SPRING – Sherman High’s CJ Winnell returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown with barely 2 minutes to go in the game and Davy Jarrell tossed a laser to Carter Dunfee for a 2-point conversion and the Tide edged Shady Spring 28-27 on a chilly night at H.B. Thomas Field.

Caleb Whittaker picked off a Sherman pass in the previous possession setting up an eventual fourth down play that turned tragic for the Tigers.

While Sherman (5-3) held a slim 20-14 advantage at the half, Shady Spring (2-5) took a 21-20 lead late in the third quarter after Jared Lilly tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Manns.

The Tide had three turnovers in the third frame.

It was Winnell carrying the offensive load for Sherman as the junior CVN All-County running back carried 34 times for 194 yards in the win.

Shady finished the season with the loss and Sherman will play at River View Friday.

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