SHERWOOD - The Sherwood High School football team has its huge showdown with Wilsonville this week.
But, first, the Bowmen had to make sure to take care of business against St. Helens.
Thanks to four touchdown passes by Aaron Czyzewski, 100 rushing yards and two more scores by Derek Kotowski and a strong defensive effort, they did just that.
Sherwood remained unbeaten in Northwest Oregon Conference play by scoring a 41-14 win over the Lions in a league contest played Friday at Sherwood High School.
'It was a real balanced game,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'They played a tough first half against us, but we had a little more intensity in the second half.'
With the win, the No. 3-ranked Bowmen improved to 7-1 on the season while keeping their NWOC record spotless at 5-0. St. Helens dropped to 3-2 in league play with the loss and moved to 4-3 on the season.
Senior Bijan Tavazoie set up Sherwood's first touchdown of the game with a 50-yard punt return down to the St. Helens 3-yard line. Soon after, Kotowski, the Bowmen's senior fullback, powered in from two yards out to give Sherwood a 7-0 lead.
Later in the opening quarter, Czyzewski, Sherwood's senior quarterback, connected with junior Sam Karpeles on a 7-yard touchdown pass play.
St. Helens got on the scoreboard later in the period on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Brown to Casey Smith.
But Sherwood, getting a 13-yard TD strike from Czyzewski to Kole Krieger in the second quarter, would go on to take a 21-7 halftime lead.
Czyzewski would hook up with senior receiver Austin Snow twice for touchdowns in the second half. The first scoring strike covered 19 yards while the second went for 11 yards.
Kotowski capped off the scoring for the Bowmen with a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
For the game, Czyzewski completed nine of 20 passes for 108 yards.
'Aaron threw OK,' Lawrence said. 'There were some passes he should of made, but, hey, he threw for four touchdowns.'
Kotowski ran for 100 yards on 17 carries in the win. Senior Tim Otto added 44 rushing yards on just two carries.
Snow had five receptions for 78 yards and Krieger had 20 yards on two catches.
Sherwood did get a bit of bad news in the game as senior standout Jared Newell suffered a high ankle sprain. He'll likely be out of action for Sherwood's final two regular season games.
The Bowmen will next face No. 2-ranked Wilsonville, which is also 5-0 in NWOC play, Friday at 7 p.m. at Wilsonville High School.