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Bowmen on target in 5A league opener against Falcons

Sherwood wins 58-13, scoring 44 points on Liberty turnovers
by: jonathan House, Sherwood's Bijan Tavazoie breaks free from a tackle to get Sherwood into postion for a field goal in the first half of their Friday-night matchup against Liberty High School.

SHERWOOD - If Sherwood had any concerns about competing in the newly formed OSAA Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference, they were put to rest Friday night.

The No. 3-ranked Bowmen (3-1) did more then compete. They completely dominated, annihilating Liberty 58-13 at Sherwood High School.

Sherwood piled up 513 total yards and took advantage of 10 turnovers, including seven lost fumbles, by the Falcons (2-2) in the league opener for both schools. The Bowmen led 28-7 at halftime and 49-7 after three quarters, allowing their junior varsity team to finish off the game by playing the entire fourth quarter.

'We wanted to make a statement that we're for real,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said.

Point taken. The Bowmen, who were the Class 3A runner-up last year, ran for 336 yards and six touchdowns with 12 different players getting a least one carry.

Senior fullback Derek Kotowski led Sherwood with 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns on nine carries. Kotowski burst through the line and rumbled for a 47-yard touchdown to give the Bowmen a 16-0 lead early in the second half. He added a four-yard touchdown run with 8:23 left in the third quarter to cap his night and give Sherwood a 42-7 lead.

'It was a great way to start off the league,' Kotowski said. 'That was a lot of fun.'

The Bowmen also threw for 177 yards with senior quarterback Aaron Czyzewski completing 8 of 14 passes and tossing two touchdowns, including a 67-yard strike to tight end Spencer Wolfley on the first play of the second half.

'We were hoping for a closer game,' Sherwood quarterback Aaron Czyzewski said. 'But I'm happy we came out and won big.'

Six of Liberty's eight first-half possessions ended in turnovers. Things didn't get much better for the Falcons in the second half when they turned the ball over on their first four possessions. Sherwood scored 44 of their points after Liberty turnovers.