Football -- Sherwood, with some key league games coming up, rolls to a 52-0 victory
PARKROSE - The Sherwood High School football team is eyeing some big upcoming league games.
But the Bowmen also 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.
'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.'
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 and Czyzewski added a two-point conversion pass to Wolfley to up the margin to 14-0 with 4:20 left in the first quarter.
Sherwood pulled away, in a hurry, early in the second quarter.
On the first play of the period, Czyzewski hooked up with senior receiver Austin Snow for a 43-yard touchdown pass play.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bowmen senior Taylor Hill recovered a Bronco fumble. On the very next play, Newell scored on a 40-yard run, coming on an inside counter reverse, giving Sherwood two touchdowns in 21 seconds and a 28-0 lead.
'That play was working solid every time,' Newell said. 'The line did a great job.'
Senior Tim Otto scored from 13 yards out to give Sherwood a 35-0 lead with 9:24 left in the first half.
A Parkrose bad snap on a punting situation resulted in a safety, upping the margin to 37-0. Sherwood sophomore Brennan Hickok completed the first-half scoring spree with a 21-yard field goal coming with 5 seconds left in the first half. Hickok's three-pointer gave Sherwood a 40-0 lead at the intermission.
'We wanted to keep the tempo up,' Newell said.
The Bowmen played reserves most of the second half, including junior varsity players in the fourth quarter. But that didn't stop Sherwood from being productive.
Junior Ray Tavera scored on an 18-yard run with 3:13 left in the contest to make the score 46-0. Sherwood sophomore Ben Butterfield recovered a Parkrose fumble on the ensuing kickoff. On the next play, Tavera scored again, this time from 20 yards out - giving him two touchdowns in 14 seconds - making the final 52-0.
'Everyone got it. I love it,' Newell said. 'I don't like sitting out, but it's good that the younger guys all got out there to get some experience.'
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. Tavera had 37 yards on three carries.
Czyzewski completed three of eight pass attempts for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Junior quarterback Ian Donovan completed three of his four passes for 55 more yards.
Seven different Sherwood players each had one reception in the victory.
The Bowmen defense held Parkrose to 128 yards of total offense. Sherwood junior Justin Grimes had two tackles for losses, including a quarterback sack, while Travis Boehm, Otto, Jason Erwin and J.D. Kerekanich each added one tackle for a loss.
Hill had an interception to go with his fumble recovery.
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. We have the capabilities of being league champs and doing well in the playoffs. It's going to be exciting.'
The Bowmen will next be in action Friday when they host Parkrose at 7 p.m.