The Bowmen stay unbeaten in league play with a 52-0 victory
PARKROSE - The Sherwood High School football team has some key league games ahead of it, but the Bowmen wanted to make sure not to overlook Parkrose.
Sherwood, striking early and often, sprinted out to a 40-0 halftime lead on its way to scoring a 52-0 win over the Broncos in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played Friday at Parkrose High School.
'No overlooking. Not at all,' Sherwood senior Jared Newell said after the victory. 'We took care of business. That's what we wanted to do. And it's all preparation for our next three games.'
With the win, the No. 3-ranked Bowmen improved to 4-0 in NWOC games, keeping them in a tie for first place in the standings with rival Wilsonville. Sherwood also moved to 6-1 on the season. Parkrose dropped to 0-4 in league games and to 1-6 on the season with the setback.
Sherwood wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the game at Parkrose. Bowmen sophomore Josh Graham returned the opening kickoff 64 yards to the Parkrose 15-yard line. Two plays later, Sherwood senior quarterback Aaron Czyzewski connected with senior tight end Spencer Wolfley on a 12-yard touchdown pass play that gave the Bowmen a 6-0 lead just 56 seconds into the game.
That was just the start of Sherwood's first-half onslaught.
The Bowmen tacked on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Derek Kotowski, a 43-yard scoring pass from Czyzewski to senior Austin Snow, a 40-yard TD run by Newell, a 13-yard scoring scamper by senior Tim Otto, a safety on a bad snap and, finally, a 21-yard field goal by sophomore Brennan Hickok.
It all added up to a 40-0 halftime lead.
'We wanted to keep the tempo up,' Newell said.
Sherwood capped off its scoring spree with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs by junior Ray Tavera.
'The kids kept the intensity up and they executed,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'Things really clicked in the first half and, on defense, the kids played awesome. The big key tonight was that we stayed healthy.'
The Bowmen rushed for 247 yards on 37 carries as a team in the victory. Kotowski led the balanced rushing attack with 64 yards on eight carries. Newell added 47 yards on just four carries.
Sherwood quarterbacks Czyzewski, Ian Donovan and Brayde Gough combined to complete seven of 14 pass attempts for 133 yards.
The Bowmen defense held Parkrose to 128 yards of total offense. Sherwood junior Justin Grimes had two tackles for losses while Travis Boehm, Otto, Jason Erwin and J.D. Kerekanich each added one tackle for a loss.
Senior Malakai Unga was the Broncos' leading rusher with 90 yards on 17 carries. Parkrose junior quarterback Theron Segar completed eight of 28 passes for 100 yards.
Sherwood's next three games in NWOC play are against St. Helens (3-1 in league play), Wilsonville and Glencoe (2-2).
'Now we're gearing up for the big time,' Lawrence said. 'We're going into a tough three-game stretch.'