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Bowmen edged by No. 1 West Albany

Sherwood starts NWOC play Friday when it hosts Liberty in a 7 p.m. contest

ALBANY - It wasn't a win, but it was exciting.

And, the Bowmen are hoping, it's a good way for the team to get ready for league play.

The Sherwood High School football team, in its final non-league game of the regular season, fell to No. 1-ranked West Albany in a game played Friday at West Albany High School.

'It was a wild one. It was awesome,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'It was a great football game with a lot of yards. If we cut down our penalties, we might have had a better chance.'

The loss gives Sherwood, which entered the game as the No. 3-ranked Class 5A team in the state, a 2-1 record going into its league opener. The Bowmen will play their first-ever Northwest Oregon Conference game Friday when they host Liberty (2-1) in a contest starting at 7 p.m.

'It's exciting,' Lawrence said of the first league contest. 'These are the counters now. One of our goals is to win the league, and this could be the first step. Liberty is having a good year. If we can hold them down and, hopefully, put some points on the board, we should be fine.'

In Friday's game at West Albany, Sherwood got a 9-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Aaron Czyzewski to junior receiver Kole Krieger in the second quarter. But the Bowmen still found themselves trailing 21-7 at halftime.

West Albany, to start the second half, moved the ball down to the Sherwood 10-yard line, but the Rebels fumbled, with Sherwood recovering.

From there, the Bowmen marched 90 yards, culminating with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Czyzewski to senior Austin Snow.

'Austin made an amazing catch,' Lawrence said.

Sherwood tied the game, at 21-21, on a 5-yard run by senior Derek Kotowski in the fourth quarter.

West Albany (3-0), however, got the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard run by Wayne Stearns, coming with 1:16 left in the game.

Czyzewski completed 17 of 29 pass attempts for 232 yards. Snow had six receptions for 124 yards and Krieger had seven catches for 65 yards.

Kotowski led the Sherwood rushing attack with 54 yards on 14 carries. Senior Bijan Tavazoie ran for 49 yards on eight carries.