SETH — Sherman’s homecoming game for 2019 will likely be remembered more for the festivities surrounding the game itself as Ravenswood used a potent rushing attack to down the Tide at Zontini Field, 33-0 on Friday.
“They were big and physical and didn’t show anything fancy or complicated,” said Sherman head coach Michael Showalter. “They simply lined up and physically beat us all night. They beat us up front for all four quarters and it showed on the scoreboard.”
Jacob Anthony and Wayne Stephenson surpassed the 100-yard mark rushing for the Red Devils as Ravenswood (2-2) notched 446 yards on 54 carries while holding the Tide (0-5) to just 79 yards on 33 touches on the night.
Anthony gave Ravenswood an early lead on a 14-yard romp with 2:04 left in the first quarter. Stephenson added a dazzling 79-yard jaunt with 3:41 left in the second quarter.
“They are well coached and defensively were in position all night,” added Showalter.
The Red Devil defense also forced four fumbles and recovered two of them in the win.
Showalter noted that junior offensive/defensive lineman Hunter Bowling was injured in the game and his status is uncertain.
The score was 13-0 at the half and Sherman could not recover. Eli Edie provided positive yardage for Sherman, notching 80 yards in the game with tough runs into a stingy Red Devil defense.
“We were competitive early in the game and were inside the 10-yard line in the first quarter and we were backed up by a penalty once and the second time we didn’t execute to kill those opportunities,” he added. “Losing Hunter really affected our ability to get a push up front. His experience is really valued by this team and what we do both offensively and defensively.”
Edie led Sherman in rushing with 80 yards on 16 carries. CJ Winnell rushed for 59 yards and TJ Hager added 44.
Colby Buzzard led the Sherman defense with 13 tackles and Jacob Sprouse added 12.
On Oct. 5, Sherman will travel to East Hardy (2-2), who upset Class A No. 12 Meadow Bridge on Friday.