"We set a goal to make the playoffs, gave them a few weeks off and after that, we put our goal in place and went to work in the weight room," Smolder said. "Our kids are hungry, they're relentless right now, and they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
"It's a good feeling. There's a lot of 9-1 teams out there and 8-2, so we're going to act like we're 0-0 and approach these last two games like they're our last ones.''
While Sissonville's offense was rolling against the Tide (2-7), the Indians defense was doing a number as well, limiting Sherman to just 108 yards rushing on 38 carries and holding quarterbacks Bailey Kirk and Jacob Stewart to a combined 4 for 18 passing for 28 yards.
The Tide's roster has just three seniors on it with freshmen and sophomores carrying much of the load.
Coach J.D. Fairchild said his team has a long way to go but the future is bright in Seth.
"We're young and taking a program over and it has been pretty tough just trying to get everything on track," Fairchild said. "We've played a lot of double-As and some good single-As, so it has been tough.
"They hadn't been playing JV here and we got some JV in [this year]. We lift hard, we've refurbished the weight room and we're getting after it, so hopefully better things to come."
Sophomore Kyle Davis led the Tide with 70 yards on a grueling 20 rushes. Jordan Thompson and John Pauley each had a rushing touchdown from 1 and 9 yards out, respectively, for the Tide.
Landis led all receivers with 67 yards on three receptions and Hill caught three balls for 43 yards for Sissonville.
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