The Indians most likely need to win out in order to obtain their first Class AA playoff berth since 2007. They close out the regular season against Poca and Braxton County.
Working in the Indians' favor is the fact that there were only 18 teams with winning records in AA entering this weekend. The top 16 in each class qualify for the postseason.
Indians coach Eddie Smolder was cautious about looking ahead to the playoffs, but admitted a playoff appearance would be great for his players.
"We are just taking one day at a time," Smolder said. "We are trying to get better every day and focus on the next day. We are going to enjoy this win, rest up and go back to work on Monday.
"Making the payoffs would be a huge accomplishment. We have goals set. We are going to work our best to accomplish them by working hard as a team and growing each day."
The game was never in question for the Indians as they scored on six of their first seven possessions, while Sherman (1-7) managed to cross the 50-yard line once out of its seven possessions, and that resulted in an interception by Michael Hicks.
At the half, the Indians accumulated 351 yards of total offense compared to 19 from the Tide.
Jared Wilkinson added a 7-yard touchdown run and Dominic Walker added an 11-yarder in the first half along with the touchdown runs from Stowers and two TD passes from Crawford to Miller.
The Tide managed to finally put points on the board in the third quarter when Justin Clark broke free for a 58-yard touchdown run.
The Indians added scores on a Walker 27-yard run, Wilkinson's 8-yard run, Dylan Moore's 75-yard kick return, Hicks' 82-yard kick return and a Josh Landis 1-yard run.
Clark led the Tide with 194 yards rushing on 26 carries and two touchdowns.