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Daniel Green led Sherman High with 19 tackles versus Ravenswood on Oct. 20.

RAVENSWOOD — A hard-hitting affair tilted Sherman High’s way thanks to a balanced offensive attack and an opportunistic defense as the Tide defeated the Red Devils of Ravenswood, 19-14 on the road.

“The win tonight was a total team effort,” said Sherman Head Coach Michael Showalter. “We played really well at times, but struggled at times as well, but when we really needed to make plays on both sides of the ball we were able to step up and come through.”

Senior receiver Alex Kirk caught a 66-yard scoring strike from senior signal caller Davy Jarrell with both players turning in their best efforts on the year. Kirk caught four balls for 86 yards and Jarrell completed 10-of-14 passes for 135 yards and picked up 18 more with his feet while also scoring on a rushing touchdown.

Junior running back CJ Winnell was the workhorse for the Tide carrying the ball 31 times for 172 yards and a score.

Sherman (4-2) made key defensive stops in the fourth quarter to nix a late rally from Ravenswood (0-7).

“Our coaches did a great job all night of making adjustments and getting our kids in the right position to make plays,” Showalter concluded. “It’s not easy to get prepared on such a short amount of time, but I thought our kids were focused during our preparation and came ready to play. Our special teams play has been a strength for us all year, but we did not execute well at all. We will need to get that straightened out before Friday. Our offense was able to total over 300 yards and our defense was able to consistently get stops, including a big stop on fourth down late in the fourth quarter and backed up into our own territory.”

Junior Isaiah Casto led the Red Devils with 117 yards on 32 carries and scored both Ravenswood touchdowns.

Leading Sherman’s defense was Daniel Green with 19 tackles and a sack and Hunter Bowling with 13 stops on the night.

Sherman, winner of four of its last five contests, is scheduled to host Meadow Bridge on Oct. 30 providing the color coded COVID-19 school map allows for athletic play.

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