SETH — The Sherman High School football team hopes to pick up an extra game this week to aid in propelling the maroon and gold to a Class A playoff berth in 2020.
As of press time, Sherman sat at 4-3 with a Class AA win over Scott on their resume. The Tide’s tilt with Meadow Bridge on Oct. 30 was canceled due to the state’s school alert map showing Boone County in an “orange” status. But when the map updated at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, both Boone and Lincoln counties were in yellow, clearing Sherman to play its regular season finale at Class AAA Lincoln County on Nov. 6. The Panthers were originally scheduled to host Greenbrier East on that date and the Tide was slated to travel to River View. Both teams were looking for a color-coded matchup.
For the first time since 2004, Boone County has a true county football champion as the Tide defeated both cross-county rivals in Van and Scott.
“We feel like we need to win two games next week to give ourselves a chance at a playoff berth,” said Sherman Coach Michael Showalter. “There is always concerns about playing two games in a week, but that’s just the nature of 2020. We have done it twice already and our players and coaches are ready to do it again if that’s what it takes to earn a playoff spot.”
Sherman saw berths in 2016, 2017 and 2018 before notching just a single victory in 2019 before returning with a strong season in a rocky 2020.
On Oct. 15, the Secondary School Activities Commission released guidelines for post-season gridiron play.
A significant element of the guidelines include four as the minimum number of regular-season games played in order to qualify for the football playoffs. In previous years, eight was the minimum, with most teams playing 10 regular-season games.
Additionally, schools located in counties that are green, yellow or gold on the School Alert System color-coded map on the Saturday before postseason play begins will be eligible to compete in postseason soccer, volleyball and football. Schools in counties that are orange or red on those 5 p.m. Saturday maps will not be permitted to participate in postseason play.
While some football teams have played seven games this season, several counties have played far fewer due to high COVID-19 numbers.
In Boone County, fellow Class A Van High Coach Mark Agosti confirmed that the Bulldogs (2-3) had their game with Buffalo nixed on Oct. 30 and are set to host Richwood to wrap up their season on Nov. 6.
Class AA Scott (1-6) saw a rescheduled tilt with Cardinal Conference foe Herbert Hoover canceled on Oct. 27 but look to wrap up their regular season on Nov. 6 when they host Nitro.