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Bowmen triumph in revived rivalry

Football: Sherwood scores a 28-23 win over Wilsonville in the NWOC showdown
by: Jaime Valdez GOTCHA — Sherwood senior defensive back Chase Krieger (right) tackles Wilsonville’s Jayden Cooper. Krieger had 11 tackles and an interception in the win.

SHERWOOD - The rivalry is revived.

The Sherwood High School football team is pretty happy about that.

And the Bowmen are even happier about something else - scoring a clutch victory in that rivalry contest.

Sherwood is firmly in place in the driver's seat in the race for the Northwest Oregon Conference championship after scoring a 28-23 win over rival Wilsonville in a league showdown played in front of a large crowd Friday at Wilsonville High School.

'This was big,' said Sherwood senior cornerback Chase Krieger, who had a big game on defense for the Bowmen in the victory. 'It was good to have a big rivalry game like this. This rivalry is going to keep growing and growing.'

'This was a huge win,' said Sherwood senior halfback/linebacker Connor Munro, who had 158 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in the contest. 'It's always fun when you're playing against your rival. And we did what we needed to do to win.'

Wilsonville, which came into the game tied with Sherwood for first place in the league standings, fell to 3-1 in NWOC play and to 4-2 on the season with the setback. With the win, their 19th straight, the Bowmen improved to 4-0 in league games and to 6-0 on the season with the hard-fought victory.

'It was a little closer than I wanted, but it was a lot of fun,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'The place was packed. We wanted to get this rivalry going again, and it turned out to be a great game.'

The Wildcats took Sherwood by surprise a bit in the contest, running an offense different then what they had been doing all year to that point.

'We had to adjust on the fly,' Lawrence said.

Still, the Bowmen got off to a strong start to the contest.

After intercepting a Wilsonville pass, Sherwood, with Munro reeling off a 45-yard run, quickly moved up the field. The Bowmen capped off their initial drive with a 22-yard touchdown run by senior halfback Paul Dodson, giving Sherwood a 7-0 lead with 9 minutes and 56 seconds left in the first quarter.

Wilsonville trimmed the margin to 7-3 after senior kicker Derik Sawyer booted a 38-yard field goal with 6:17 left in the opening period.

But the Bowmen answered right back, upping their lead to 14-3 when senior fullback Cody Setere powered his way into the end zone from a yard out to cap off an 81-yard drive and give Sherwood an 11-point advantage with 1:31 remaining in the first quarter.

Wilsonville got a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Jacob Haqq coming with 9:13 left in the second quarter.

Sherwood again answered back, getting a 1-yard touchdown run by senior halfback A.J. Spencer coming with 44 seconds left in the period. Spencer's TD gave the Bowmen a 21-10 lead at the intermission.

In the second half, Wilsonville, trying to rally, found a way to slow down the Sherwood offense - by keeping it on the sidelines.

'They did what we usually do,' Lawrence said. 'They kept the ball on long drives. We had just 10 plays in the second half.'

After Sherwood went three-and-out to start the third quarter, the Wildcats went on a long offensive drive that was capped off with a 2-yard touchdown run by Haqq, trimming the Bowmen lead to 21-16.

Wilsonville then recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. The Wildcats then marched down the field deep into Sherwood territory again. But a missed field goal attempt left the Bowmen with their seven-point advantage.

Sherwood then took advantage of the opportunity. A 68-yard run by Dodson set up Munro's 8-yard touchdown run, which gave the Bowmen a 28-16 lead with 1:48 left in the third quarter.

Wilsonville got a 1-yard touchdown run by junior Tanner Shipley with 46 seconds left in the game. But the Wildcats committed a penalty on their ensuing onside kick attempt, giving the ball to the Bowmen, who ran off the final seconds off the clock to cap off the victory.

'This is really big for us - it's rivalry week,' said Sherwood senior quarterback Dusty Crabtree, who completed four of six pass attempts for 99 yards. 'It was good for us to have a game like this. We know that we need to get better every week.'

Munro had a big game for the Bowmen on offense, rushing for 80 yards on eight carries and catching two passes for 78 yards.

'I do what I can when I get the opportunity,' he said. 'Our linemen did a great job. Our guys played hard.'

As a team, Sherwood rushed for 313 yards on 31 carries. Dodson led the Bowmen rushing attack with 97 yards on six carries. He also had two catches for 21 yards.

Krieger helped lead the way for Sherwood on defense. He led the Bowmen with 11 unassisted tackles and he also had an interception in the contest.

'Chase Krieger was outstanding on defense,' Lawrence said.

'It was a great game,' Krieger said. 'They prepared well and we prepared well. I think we just wanted it a little more than them.'

Also for the Sherwood defense, senior cornerback Brandon Blackshear had a pair of interceptions. Senior lineman Zane Groves and senior linebacker Dylan Flannery each had a pair of quarterback sacks. Munro and junior linebacker Joseph Chamberlain added one sack apiece.

For Wilsonville, Haqq completed 13 of 23 pass attempts for 206 yards. Junior Ryan Walsh led the Wildcats with 120 rushing yards on 14 carries.

The Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they host Parkrose in a Northwest Oregon Conference game starting at 7 p.m. at Sherwood High School. The Broncos are 0-4 in league play and 1-5 on the season.