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Bowmen roll past Putnam in league opener

Football: Sherwood rushes for 477 yards and picks off 5 passes in a 59-20 win

SHERWOOD - The Sherwood High School football team got off to a blazing start and never looked back as it started defense of its Northwest Oregon Conference championship.

The Bowmen, on their first offensive play of the game, got a 51-yard touchdown run by senior Connor Munro, and from there they went on to roll to a 59-20 win over Putnam in a NWOC opener played Friday at Sherwood High School.

'It was our league opener, and we were a little concerned, but the kids came out and played great,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'It was our first home game, and we wanted to start off right.'

Mission accomplished.

In addition to Munro's TD scamper to start things off, the Bowmen also got a 5-yard touchdown run by senior Paul Dodson and senior quarterback Dusty Crabtree threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to senior Brandon Blackshear to give Sherwood a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Bowmen got a 52-yard interception return by Munro for a touchdown, a 2-yard TD run by senior fullback Andrew Gough, a 64-yard touchdown interception return by junior linebacker Jacob Brooks and a 19-yard scoring run by senior fullback Cody Setere as they pushed the margin to 47-7 by halftime.

Junior fullback Alex Barzee turned in a pair of second-half touchdown runs for Sherwood to cap off the 59-20 victory.

'Everyone got in part of the action,' Lawrence said. 'The kids on defense really did a great job. We set 10 goals every week and, last week, they didn't reach any of those goals, so I think they were upset this week.'

The Sherwood defense held Putnam to 159 yards of offense while also intercepting five passes. In addition to the interceptions by Munro and Brooks, Sherwood also got picks from senior Dylan Flannery, junior Joseph Balfour and Blackshear.

On offense, Sherwood rushed for 477 yards on 49 carries as a team.

Junior Logan Ballarche led a balanced Sherwood rushing attack with 131 yards on seven carries before suffering what looked to be a potential season-ending knee injury. Barzee ran for 84 yards on 12 carries and Setere had 82 yards on seven carries.

Crabtree completed three of nine pass attempts for 28 yards. Blackshear had two receptions for 20 yards.

With the win, Sherwood improved to 2-0 on the season with the win. Putnam saw its overall record evened at 1-1.

The Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they host Mountain View of Bend in a non-league game starting at 7 p.m. at Sherwood. The game will be a rematch of last year's Class 5A state semifinal game, which Sherwood won 42-22.

Mountain View brings a 2-0 record into Friday's game.

'It's a big one. Both teams will be fired up,' Lawrence said. 'It's two top teams playing early on. We respect them and they respect us.'