The head football coach of the Sherman Bearcats is J.D. Martinez. He’s in his second year at Sherman. Coach Martinez is a veteran coach. Sherman is his ninth coaching stop and he’s been in coaching 25 yards.The Wildcats face the Bearcats at Sherman Friday, 7 p.m.
He expects his team to be better this year as his coaches have been on the job working with the players all this past year. Coach Martinez says his number one goal is to make the playoffs. He also wants some playoff success. An improved Sherman should have a good chance at a playoff spot. Powerful Denton Ryan is expected to dominate the district but after that the rest of the district should battle for the other three spots. Coach Martinez also wants Sherman to reclaim the ax from rival Denison.
On offense, the Bearcats have a big running back returning, Nat Omayebu. Coach Martinez says Omayebu carried about 18 times a game last year and he says that number may increase this season. Ben Cross and Blaise Bentsen are competing to be the starting Sherman quarterback. All-district wide receiver Rashawn Wilson, also a tremendous Bearcat basketball player, also returns. A couple more basketball standouts have joined the Bearcats football receiver corp this year. Four players who started or played significant minutes return on the offensive line.
On defense, the Bearcats are expected to be a lot more aggressive and physical this season according to Coach Martinez. Coach Martinez says if Sherman and the Wildcats play another 43-42 game this year, he hopes the Bearcats can make a few stops and come out on top this year.