Westmoreland interceptions key victory
The pressure that they put on opposing teams is what sets the secondary up to make big plays and force the quarterback to make turnovers," continued Sherman.
Gates too was also impressed with the secondary as well as the athleticism and vision of Sherman.
"Marvin played a great game defensively, and he’s always had a great nose for the football. He has a great knack for the football and he made some plays out there," said Gates. "He has been solid for us back there ever since his first game in 2010 when he made three INTs, two for touchdowns, against Notre Dame," Gates added. "He studies, watches film, and does everything that everyone on the defense does."
On offense for the Bulldogs, three different players scored touchdowns. Barnes finished with 70 yards rushing on nine carries, Green threw for 101 yards and a TD, Flint caught three balls for 71 yards and a score, and Griffith finished with three TDs on runs of 17, 28, and 38.
"The offensive line has been very good at opening up holes for us, and teams never know who is going to be running the ball, so we did a good job at that," Griffith said and gave credit to guards 6-2 Tyler Taverne and 5-8 Tyler Crandall, tackles 6-0 Travis Barron and 6-2 Toby Fitzgerald, center 5-11 Craig Garrow and tight end 6-6 Flint.
On defense, Sherman also recovered a fumble and made two tackles, while senior linebacker Ryan Murling led the defense with 12 tackles, Tim Harrison had eight tackles, Brian Lemaire and Green both had five tackles and Flint tallied five tackles and a sack for a Bulldogs bend but didn’t break defense that allowed 170 yards rushing and 133 passing for a total of 304 yards, compared to their team’s 291 total yards that they accumulated on offense.
Perham finished 10-of-21 for 132 yards passing with one touchdown, and rushed for another 95 yards off 14 carries and two TDs on the ground, while Schneider hauled in four catches for 87 yards and a TD, and CJ Kipp added five carries for 75 yards and had three catches for 41 yards.
"We were playing one heck of a football team in Westmoreland. They were really good at every position, and they are very strong all over the field. They took away our run game and forced us to go to the pass, and then they were ready for that too," said Cato-Meridian head coach CJ Hannon.
"Those interceptions in the second half hurt us and it just snowballed from there. Sherman was all over the place, and really made some nice plays," Hannon added.
"Their size up front, the speed of their secondary, and they tackle well. That’s what makes them so tough. Its a tough defense to go up against."