SETH – Zontini Field will be abuzz tonight with the energy that only a renewed rivalry can bring as Class A Sherman High will host Class AA Scott High in a football matchup for the first time since 2011.
The last time the schools met, the Skyhawks thumped the Tide 66-0 in West Madison. Sherman last beat Scott 33-32 on the road in 2009 in what was one of the most thrilling games of the series that sees Sherman holding the edge all-time, 47-38-5.
Originally scheduled for Sept. 18, the game was delayed due to requirements set forth for extra curricular activities in schools via the West Virginia Department of Education COVID-19 re-entry map.
Boone County upgraded to a “yellow” status on Saturday – allowing the schools to take the field.
Via protocol for “yellow” counties, Athletic and extra-curricular activities permit immediate household family members and grandparents. According to WVSSAC guidelines, cheerleaders and bands may participate at home games.
After the game was slated, Scott Coach Shane Griffith spoke of his fondness for the matchup. Griffith was the coach of the Skyhawks in 2011 when the teams last met on the field.
“I’ve played in that rivalry and my brother (Todd) played in that rivalry and my dad played in it for Sherman,” Coach Griffith said. “I’ve always understood the value of that game.”
Sherman Coach Michael Showalter, who also laced up the spikes for the game as a player, echoed Griffith’s sentiment for a story about the renewal last December.
“It has a long history and people are already excited about it,” he said. “Our kids haven’t seen the whole Scott-Sherman rivalry. Van has been our big rival. I’m excited for these kids to see the passion for this game and our boys are talking about it. I think they see how important it is to represent our school in this game.”
On Friday evening, Sherman will travel to Mount View, Scott will host Greenbrier West and Van will host Montcalm.
The matchup kicks off at 7:30, look for a complete game story tonight at coalvalleynews.com.