SHERMAN — It was surreal feeling as the clock struck 0:00 Friday at Bearcat Stadium.
The scoreboard read: Sherman 32, John Tyler 27.
However, normally one team is celebrating after the game, but not when tiebreakers come into play.
In District 7-5A Division I, John Tyler, Texas High and Sherman all tied for third place with 3-3 records. The Bearcats needed to beat JT by 11 points but when D'Jonte Henderson broke up Tate Bethel's pass in the end zone both teams and the fans in the stands were silent.
What it means is JT (3-7) is third place in the district and will play at College Station in bi-district, JT coach Ricklan Holmes said. The game will be next week near Aggieland as the Lions will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Cougar Field.
The Cougars are second place in District 8-5A Division I. Texas High, a 41-14 winner over West Mesquite, will play 8-5A No. 1 Lufkin.
The Lions led 21-10 at one point before the Bearcats eventually went up 32-21 by scoring 22 points in the third quarter for the magic number, but the Lions pulled within 32-27 with 9:26 to go in the game on Cameron Ford's 4-yard run. The try for two failed.
JT had a chance to take the lead after Preston Johnson sacked Bethel on fourth at the JT 34. Ford hit Frank Turner on back-to-back passes for 20 and 30 yards, both beautiful snags by Turner -- the first as he was falling out of bounds and the second a fingertip over the shoulder grab.
However on first-and-10 at the Sherman 16, Aaron Ingram intercepted the ball in the end zone with 59 seconds showing.
Sherman then marched to the JT 13-yard line and the Lions held.
Kitan Crawford led the Lions with 115 yards on 13 carries, while Ford, who had missed the majority of the last two games, rushed for 58 yards on 18 carries.
Crawford scored on runs of 58 and 14 yards.
After falling behind 7-0 on Sherman's opening drive (a 30-yard pass from Bethel to Sean Husband), JT tied the game at 7-7 when Ford scrambled and hit a wide open Austin Campbell at the 30. Campbell then jetted into the end zone for a 69-yard TD reception.
Victor Leon hit the first of three PATs.
Sherman QB Bethel was 19 of 32 for 300 yards with Mike Brown rushing for 104 yards on 25 carries. Bethel also rushed for 105 yards on 15 attempts.
Brown scored on a 1-yard run while Bethel hit other TD passes of 35 yards to Jacoby Hunt and and 12 yards to Benji Omayebu, all in the third quarter.
District champion McKinney North will play Magnolia West and Magnolia will play Mesquite Poteet.
Sherman 32, John Tyler 27
John Tyler 7 7 7 6 — 27
Sherman 7 3 22 0 — 32