The Sherman Bearcats got their first victory of the season with a 34-30 victory over the Princeton Panthers Friday night at Bearcat Stadium. The Bearcats earned a team win with big plays offensively, defensively, and on special teams.
Senior ATH Phoenix Grant lead the Bearcats accounting for 4 touchdowns (3 Passing and 1 Rushing). Grant, a Yale Commit, started at Quarterback, Safety, and Punter. He made plays at all three positions. When ask about never coming off the field, Grant simply stated "It's been a blast I love being in the game!"
Grant may have be the general of the offense, but the stars of the night were the Sanders Brothers, Sophomore Vontae Sanders and Senior Vontrelle Sanders. Vontae got the scoring started with a spectacular 62-yard spot screen for the first touchdown of the game.
Vontrelle had the next two touchdown catches of 24 and 75 yards. Vontrelle lead the Bearcats with 7 catches 129 yards receiving. Vontrelle talked about how tight of a bond he has with his younger brother Vontae. "My second touchdown wouldn't be for him. I was getting my head down a bit and he said Vontrelle keep playing make a play. And that's what I did."
Senior Running Back Caleb Thompson had another impressive game with 106 rushing yards. Thompson ran through holes his offensive line opened up for him and punished defenders at the second and third levels all game long with his physical running style.
Princeton came to play, as Zay Norvell forced a fumble on the Bearcats first play that Kaden Wiley recovered that lead to an early Panthers lead. The Panthers were led by Quarteback Braeden Ratliff (140 yards passing and 2 touchdowns) and Running Back Vyron Hambric Jr. (63 yards and 2 touchdowns). Billy Sanchez led the defense with 9 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks.
Sherman (1-1) opens district paly next week against Frisco Centennial and Princeton (1-1) host Lake Dallas.