The Sherman Bearcats face a quick turnaround as the try to bounce back from last week’s season-opening loss.
Sherman visits Frisco Liberty at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ford Center at The Star in a matchup of 0-1 teams looking to get on the right track.
“The big difference for us is to have a quick memory and forget about (last week’s game),” Sherman coach J.D. Martinez said. “Having a Thursday game is actually really good for us. We don’t have time to sit here and whine and complain and think about it. We’ve got to get back to work on the next opponent and not think about anything else.
“Learning what we need to do, I think we did learn some things. We’ve got to tackle better. We need some better play and consistency out of our linebackers. Our offensive line has got to improve on blocking.”
In their 42-21 loss to Sulphur Springs last week, the Bearcats struck for touchdowns covering 75 and 69 yards. Those two plays accounted for nearly 40 percent of Sherman’s 361 total yards. Quarterback Blaise Bentsen, who had touchdowns rushing and passing, was 8 of 21 passing for 173 yards and rushed for 102 yards on 11 carries. Wide receiver Ladarren Sewell caught six passes for 149 yards and a TD.
Martinez said the Bearcats must be more consistent on offense against the Redhawks.
“I said a long time ago that it’s never as bad as you think and it’s never as good as you think,” he said. “Somewhere in the middle is where it is. I was disappointed (Friday night) and after going back and watching the film, we’re pretty close to putting it together. We’ve just got to get it cleaned up.
“We return some people on the O-line this week and we’re going to find out these next three games who’s going to be our starting five for district. There are some things we definitely have to improve on and get better.”
Another factor will be the availability of wide receiver Tylor Jones, who sat out last week with a hamstring issue. Jones had 33 receptions for 523 yards and three TDs last season.
“That will help us out a lot,” Martinez said. “Also, Gage Smith won’t have to be going double duty. He’s going to go a little double duty, but he’ll be able to help us more defensively and that’ll help our defense.
“It’s pretty good having T.J. back. He’ll complement our receiving corps really well. I’m sure they’re going to trying to find out where Ladarren is, but (Jones) can expose you in a hurry. He can go pretty fast.
“Plus we’ll get (lineman) Omran Mohammad. He didn’t play because of his ankle, but he’ll be ready. We’re looking at a couple of JV guys, too, to step up and win some spots.”
Martinez also expects improvement defensively after Sherman allowed 473 total yards in the opener.
“Our defense will need to stop the run and rally to the ball and make them drive the ball down the field,” he said. “I don’t know how they’ll be able to do that.
“What we’ve got to do defensively is secure the edge. Friday night, (Sulphur Springs) could run the outside zone any time they wanted. They could just get the edge and we didn’t have an edge. That’s the biggest emphasis from what I saw that we need to improve on, setting an edge and not letting people run outside all day.”