It has been a cruel October for the Sheridan Blackhawks on the football field. Through August and September, SHS was 4-1, state-ranked and looking very much like the powerhouse program it has been for decades.
Then the witching month arrived.
What happened next was like a bad spell from an evil witch. The Blackhawks opened the month with a 28-14 loss to Seeger. That was followed by a 49-14 beatdown from thorn-in-the-side Eastern and then Friday, Carroll, which had only won two games coming in, topped Sheridan by 16, 38-22.
It's actually been a while since October was kind to the 'Hawks. SHS went 1-3 in October last year. In fact, Sheridan has only recorded positive won-loss marks for October games twice since 2013.
The frustrating three straight losses this year drops SHS to 4-4 on the season. However, if Coach Bud Wright's squad has an eye on salvaging the season, they get a chance to do exactly that Friday in the opening round of the Class A Sectional 46 game against 3-4 Indianapolis Tindley. The last time these two teams met was in the 2014 sectional opener when SHS rolled to a 75-20 victory.
Last week, it was too little, too late.
Keenan Warren rushed for two touchdowns for SHS, but the Blackhawks’ second half comeback attempt fell short against the Cougars.
Sophomore Peyton Cross rushed for 170 of Sheridan’s 270 yards on the ground. Cameron Hovey rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Sheridan's home game against Tindley (3-5) is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.