SETH — Mount View’s team speed proved too much for Class A No. 9 Sherman on Friday night.
“They are very athletic, and we just couldn’t contain their team speed,” said Sherman Coach Kevin Buzzard. “We moved the ball but not the way we are used to moving it.”
Justin Haggerty struck first for Mount View (4-1) when he scored on a 19-yard run to the outside and danced the tightrope to the end zone.
Four minutes later, Ryan Long found Tony Bailey on a 14-yard TD strike.
Sherman’s only score in the opening half came when Dalton Rollo scooped up a blocked field goal attempt and took it to the house as time expired.
“They really blitzed us hard up the middle, and normally that would open up the outside, but their defensive ends were so quick that we couldn’t consistently get to the edge on them. They’re a good ball team.”
Down 18-6 at halftime, Sherman (4-2) could find no answer to slowing down the Mount View offense.
Sherman standout Colby Buzzard suffered a finger injury and a twisted ankle, while the offensive line for the Tide saw nagging injuries in the game that Coach Buzzard said will hopefully heal with an open week this Friday.
“We need to heal and regroup,” he said. “Our open week came at a good time, because we are a little banged up — so we’ll take it.”
Sherman rushed for just 101 yards in the game, while signal caller T.J. Hager found 53 yards in the air with a TD and an interception. Colby Buzzard saw 42 yards on 10 touches and a score, and C.J. Winnell had 16 rushes and 55 yards with a score.
After the open week, the Tide will play at Van’s Herschel Jarrell Field on Oct. 15 in the Showdown for the Shovel.
Sherman hammered the Bulldogs in the rivalry game last season, 48-0.
The Tide leads the Bulldogs all-time, 44-17.
The series began in 1931, but the Class A schools have not played every year, particularly when Sherman was in Class AA.
That game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. The winner will take the coal shovel back to their school and will house it in their trophy case. The Tide has retained the spade since its inaugural year of 2017.