Sherwood moves to 4-0 with the 42-0 victory

ST. HELENS — The Sherwood High School football team was looking to accomplish a pair of things during its Northwest Oregon Conference game at St. Helens on Friday.

The Bowmen wanted to show some improvement following their 35-28 win over Hermiston the week before, and they wanted to efficiently take care of business.

Done and done.

Sherwood stayed unbeaten on the season by rolling to a 42-0 win over the Lions in an NWOC contest played at St. Helens High School.

“Our goal all week was to improve a lot,” Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. “We really wanted to improve from the week before. I was happy with our performance.”

St. Helens dropped to 0-3 in NWOC games and to 1-3 on the season with the loss.

Sherwood improved to 4-0 on the season and to 2-0 in league play with the shutout victory.

“We’re still having too many penalties, but we didn’t have any turnovers,” Lawrence said. “That’s a good thing. And we also improved our passing game.”

While the Bowmen improved on their passing attack, their run game was going at full speed. Sherwood rushed for a total of 512 yards on just 32 carries.

Senior speedster Cristian Morris had a big night running the ball, gaining 159 yards on only four carries.

“He was amazing,” Lawrence said.

Sherwood took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter of the contest when senior quarterback Joseph Balfour connected with senior receiver Cyrus Mooney on a 34-yard touchdown pass play.

Junior fullback Mickey Schaefer scored on a 36-yard run later in the period. Balfour then threw a two-point conversion pass to junior Ryan Pino to give the Bowmen a 15-0 lead.

Sherwood senior Logan Ballarche scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter and junior Martin Layna added the extra-point kick to help the Bowmen push their lead to 22-0 at halftime.

Morris then broke free in the third quarter. He scored on runs of 47 and 87 yards in the period, upping the margin to35-0 going into the fourth quarter.

Senior Jack Matney wrapped up the scoring for Sherwood with a 5-yard TD run, making the final score 42-0.

“I think the score could have been larger, but they were using the full play clock,” Lawrence said. “But we got a lot of kids in the game, so that was good.”

In addition to Morris’ big night running the ball, Matney had 72 rushing yards on five carries. Senior Nick Cameron rushed for 61 yards on two carries and Balfour ran for 51 yards on three carries.

Balfour also completed four of five pass attempts for 75 yards. Junior quarterback Kevin Larkin added 13 passing yards, completing two of four attempts. Mooney had two receptions for 41 yards.

On the defensive side for Sherwood, sophomore Zak Taylor, junior Jordan Kurahara, senior David Villalpando-Perez and Balfour each had a quarterback sack. Senior Jordan Skoubo and Layna each had a fumble recovery.

For St. Helens, junior quarterback Gage Bumgardner completed 12 of 18 pass attempts for 85 yards. Bumgardner also led the Lions in rushing with 57 yards on 15 carries.

Sherwood will be back in action Friday when it plays at Liberty in a (1-3, 1-1) in an NWOC contest starting at 7 p.m. at Liberty High School.

“The main thing we want to do in that game is to keep improving,” Lawrence said.

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