BUFFALO — The Sherman Tide rolled in and rolled out of the town of Buffalo with an impressive 56-6 victory over a regrouping Buffalo Bison team Friday night at the new Buffalo Stadium.
The Tide (3-1) came into the game having scored 100 points in its last two games with wins over Valley and Tug Valley. Anchored by the running abilities of quarterback JT Hensley and running back Tommy Harper, the Tide churned out an even 400 yards of offense for the night.
The rushing of the Tide was too much for the Bison as they could not stop the dual talents and speed of Hensley and Harper.
“Those two guys are our horses,” said Sherman coach Mike Showalter. “Our offensive line played well and provided them holes to run through all night. We came out and really executed in the first half. Our playmakers came out and made some plays.
“We’ve got four seniors on that front line and they came out and played really well tonight.”
The Bison (0-3) could not match the speed of Sherman’s skill players. Harper led off the 30-point first quarter with a 66-yard touchdown run on the Tide’s opening play.
On the ensuing drive by the Bison, a bad snap led to a fumble recovery and return for a touchdown by Sherman senior defensive lineman Ian Beller with less than 3 minutes off the clock.
“We just tried to get something going and got down there a few times but we still got a long way to go to get better,” said Buffalo coach Brian Batman. “We knew coming in they were fast and could run the ball. They are a good team. They caused us a lot of problems.”
Trailing 30-0 at the start of the second quarter, the Bison found a spark on four straight carries for 36 yards by Caleb Marcum, taking Buffalo to the Sherman 10-yard line. However, Chase Lovejoy’s pass into the end zone was intercepted to end the drive.
Buffalo led off the second half with a three and out, but a fumbled punt return by Sherman set the Bison on the Tide 15-yard line. But Buffalo, as it did all night, had ball-control problems and turned the ball over on a fumble.
Hensley would take it in once more in the second half on a 49-yard touchdown scamper to build the lead for Sherman. The Bison managed a score in the final quarter with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jarod Bailes to David Whittington. Daniel Green scored the final points of the night on a 5-yard run for Sherman.
In addition to Harper’s 127 yards on 12 carries, Hensley was 5 for 7 for 121 yards through the air for Sherman.
For the Bison, Jackson England carried four times for 49 yards with Caleb Marcum contributing 35 yards on eight carries.