WEST MADISON – Scott High School will host visiting Sherman High for a football grapple on Friday night and write a new chapter in the historic series between the schools.
Class A Sherman defeated the Class AA Skyhawks at Zontini Field last season, 14-8. The win gave Sherman the undisputed title of 2020 Boone County Champions after beating Van in the “Showdown for the Shovel.”
Prior to 2020, Sherman and Scott last met in 2011 when the Skyhawks thumped the Tide 66-0 in West Madison. Sherman had last beat Scott 33-32 on the road in 2009 in what was one of the most thrilling games of the series, in which Sherman holds the edge all-time, 48-38-5.
In 2020, Sherman used a stinging defense and fought off a strong Scott effort in the fourth quarter as
the Skyhawks had the ball near midfield with just seconds to go but could not convert on a fourth-down pass, leaving the Tide the victor.
Friday’s matchup also represents the debut in the series from a pair of first-year head coaches – Jeremy Dolin at Scott and Kevin Buzzard at Sherman.
Dolin – who spent his playing days at Van – said that for Scott (2-1), they have to put the thrill of hammering Sissonville 48-21 in the rear view mirror and focus on what the Tide bring to the table and what the Skyhawks will to take control of the contest. The Sissonville game was the first win over the Indians in five seasons. Scott racked up over 500 years of offense.
“I don’t consider Scott and Sherman a “bad blood” rivalry but it is a game for bragging rights,” said Dolin. “A lot of the boys go to school together at the vocational school so I think there is some good natured talk going on back and forth. I think its easy to get a team up for a game like this. They are already motivated.”
Coach Dolin said that he expects his squad to bring plenty of energy.
“We’ve been the aggressor in our early games and I like that about our team,” he said. “From what I have seen, Sherman is a well-coached team with that trio back there in the backfield (C.J. Winnell, T.J. Hager and Colby Buzzard). Their defense plays hungry and swarms the ball, too. They are playing at a high level.”
Coach Buzzard’s No. 9 ranked Tide are (3-0) going into the game. They played on a turf surface last week in a 35-18 win at River View. He sees this as a plus for his squad traveling to Scott’s artificial surface.
“In the end you’ve got to play the game but I like the fact we just played on an artificial surface last week,” he said. “The game moves a little quicker and the guys like that.”
Buzzard played in the series between the schools and he said that you can toss classifications out the window.
Buzzard experienced the rivalry as a player for Sherman.
“Everyone likes to focus on Class AA and Class A but it doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “Scott is a drastically improved ball team and they are throwing the ball really well (Matt Frye) and complimenting that with a good running game (Cooper Martin). They look real solid up front (offensive line), from what I’ve seen on film. We have our work cut out in preparing this week.”
Buzzard said that defeating the Skyhawks last season was a confidence builder in relation to the series.
“These guys know that kids over there put their game pants on just like us – they lace up their shoes just like us and it will be fun to put it all on the field and see who comes out on top. Our kids are playing with tremendous confidence right now. It’s gonna be a great high school football game.”
The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with the Danville Hawks youth football and cheerleading squads serving as Scott’s special guests.