Battle of the Axe History

The Sherman-Denison Football rivalry began in 1901. A rivalry that has become a tradition for both communities and both schools. This is the longest continuous rivalry among all high schools in the state of Texas. Sherman won the first game. There were three games not played during World War I and one game not played during the 20's and 30's. Originally, and for many years to follow, the game was played on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day. It did not take long for the rivalry to take a negative turn, involving much vandalism and property destruction.

Everyone was concerned, but only one individual took positive action--Jack Barker, a Denison businessman. Mr. Barker, owner of a small ice cream parlor and store on Main Street across from the old Denison High School, wanted to create a symbol that represented good sportsmanship and excellence in the athletic competitions between the two schools. The game has come to be called the Battle of the Axe, its symbol the Axe. The Axe is awarded yearly to the school that wins the football game between Sherman and Denison.

 

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The scores and years are engraved on the blade. When both sides of the blade are filled, the school with the most victories will keep the original Axe. The first game for the Axe was played in 1949. To date, 2013, there have been 8 ties, 37 victories for Denison and 68 victories for Sherman. The longest possession of the Axe was by Sherman from 1969-1981 (13 years). Mr. Barker wanted a symbol that represented a spirit of never quitting. Although only one team wins the Axe, both teams win the spirit of the Axe.

And now page 2, for more information and newspaper clippings contributed by former Sherman Bearcat, Robert Savage.

Battle of the axe scores
   
1901-Sherman 12, Denison 0 1958-Sherman 8, Denison 6
1901-Sherman 5, Denison 5 * 1959-Sherman 22, Denison 0
1901-Sherman 1, Denison 0 (forfeit) 1960-Sherman 18, Denison 13
1902-Sherman 0, Denison 0 * 1961-Sherman 0, Denison 0 *
1902-Sherman 15, Denison 6 1962-Sherman 20, Denison 0
1903-Sherman 11, Denison 0 1963-Denison 18, Sherman 9
1904-Sherman 5, Denison 0 1964-Denison 28, Sherman 8
1904-Denison 1, Sherman 0 (forfeit) 1965-Denison 21, Sherman 6
1905-Sherman 23, Denison 0 1966-Denison 17, Sherman 11
1906-Denison 5, Sherman 0
1967-Sherman 36, Denison 15
1906-Denison 5, Sherman 0 
1968-Denison 28, Sherman 7
1907-no game 1969-Sherman 31, Denison 12
1908-Sherman defeats Denison ^ (2 games) 1970-Sherman 28, Denison 8
1909-no game 1971-Sherman 30, Denison 8
1910-Denison 6, Sherman 0 1972-Sherman 21, Denison 0
1911-Sherman defeats Denison 1973-Sherman 14, Denison 12
1912-Sherman 13, Denison 0
1974-Sherman 28, Denison 12
1912-Sherman 13, Denison 6
1975-Sherman 29, Denison 14
1913-Sherman 41, Denison 0
1976-Sherman 37, Denison 14
1914-Sherman 12, Denison 0
1977-Sherman 51, Denison 7
1915-Sherman 71, Denison 0
1978-Sherman 24, Denison 17
1916-Sherman 30, Denison 0
1979-Sherman 10, Denison 0
1917-Sherman 25, Denison 0
1980-Sherman 14, Denison 14 *
1918-no game 1981-Sherman 34, Denison 0
1919-no game
1982-Denison 28, Sherman 10
1920-Sherman 41, Denison 0
1983-Sherman 21, Denison 14
1921-Sherman 6, Denison 2
1984-Denison 23, Sherman 6
1922-Denison 19, Sherman 5 1985-Denison 39, Sherman 6
1923-Sherman 38, Denison 0
1986-Denison 31, Sherman 0
1924-Sherman 21, Denison 0
1987-Sherman 21, Denison 14
1925-Sherman 78, Denison 0
1988-Sherman 33, Denison 16
1926-Denison 1, Sherman 0 (forfeit)
1989-Sherman 33, Denison 0
1927-no game
1990-Sherman 38, Denison 26
1928-Sherman 14, Denison 0
1991-Denison 28, Sherman 7
1929-Sherman 32, Denison 0
1992-Sherman 27, Denison 16
1930-no game
1993-Sherman 28, Denison 21
1931-Sherman 18, Denison 2
1994-Sherman 21, Denison 0
1932-Sherman 19, Denison 6
1995-Denison 16, Sherman 7
1933-Sherman 6, Denison 0
1996-Denison 35, Sherman 19
1934-Denison 7, Sherman 2
1997-Denison 31, Sherman 14
1935-Sherman 61, Denison 0
1998-Sherman 19, Denison 7
1936-Denison 7, Sherman 2
1999-Sherman 52, Denison 10
1937-Sherman 27, Denison 13
2000-Denison 10, Sherman 7
1938-Sherman 6, Denison 6 *
2001-Sherman 35, Denison 20
1939-Sherman 13, Denison 0
2002-Sherman 33, Denison 7
1940-Sherman 20, Denison 7
2003-Denison 59, Sherman 33
1941-Sherman 7, Denison 7 *
2004-Denison 24, Sherman 10
1942-Denison 45, Sherman 6
2005-Denison 23, Sherman 21
1943-Sherman 7, Denison 7*
2006-Sherman 48, Denison 44
1944-Sherman 6, Denison 6 *
2007-Denison 44, Sherman 43
1945-Denison 21, Sherman 13
2008-Denison 34, Sherman 17
1946-Denison 13, Sherman 6
2009- Denison 43, Sherman 28
1947-Denison 39, Sherman 7
2010- Sherman 39, Denison 0
1948-Denison 21, Sherman 6
2011-Sherman 49, Denison 24
1949-Sherman 13, Denison 7 2012-Sherman 42, Denison 21
1950-Sherman 14, Denison 7
2013-Denison 42, Sherman 24
1951-Denison 26, Sherman 7

1952-Denison 15, Sherman 0

1953-Sherman 41, Denison 6

1954-Sherman 27, Denison 6

1955-Denison 27, Sherman 13

1956-Denison 49, Sherman 0

1957-Sherman 20, Denison 13




 
   
   
* indicates a tie
^ indicates final scores unknown