Bowmen spot Sandy an early lead, but then take over
Football: Sherwood moves to 8-0 on the season by scoring a 66-28 win
SANDY - The first few minutes on Friday's Northwest Oregon Conference football game at Sandy belonged to the home team.
But, as for the rest of the game, it was almost all Sherwood - in a big way.
The Bowmen, after spotting Sandy a 7-0 lead, rolled to a 66-28 win over the Pioneers in a contest played at Sandy High School.
'They got the first touchdown,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'After that, our offense took over. We went out and pretty much scored a will.'
With the loss, Sandy moved to 2-4 in league games and to 3-5 on the season. Sherwood, which holds down the top spot in the OSAA Class 5A RPI rankings, improved to 6-0 in NWOC play and to 8-0 on the season. The Bowmen also clinched at least a share of the league championship.
But it was Sandy that struck first in Friday's contest. The Pioneers, after coming up with a fourth-down conversion, got a 10-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Justin Adams to senior receiver Ryan Cargill to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Whatever momentum the Pioneers got with the opening score was quickly taken away as Sherwood answered back with a 46-yard touchdown strike from senior quarterback to senior tight end Dylan Flannery, tying up the contest at 7-7.
The Bowmen then pulled away in a hurry in the second quarter, scoring five touchdowns in the period.
Bowmen senior running back Paul Dodson got the second-quarter scoring parade started with a 9-yard scoring run.
Senior fullback Cody Setere followed with a 6-yard TD run. Crabtree then connected with senior receiver Brandon Blackshear on an 18-yard touchdown pass play to give Sherwood a 28-7 lead at that point.
Crabtree then threw a 38-yard TD pass to junior tight end Jacob Brooks to push the margin to 35-7.
Sandy senior Garet Jones returned the following Sherwood kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to make the score 35-14.
But it certainly didn't take the Bowmen long to answer back, as senior A.J. Spencer returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown that again gave Sherwood a 28-point lead.
The Bowmen kept rolling in the second half. A 48-yard pass from Crabtree to Blackshear set up a 9-yard TD run by senior Connor Munro, which gave Sherwood a 49-14 lead.
Sandy then got a 36-yard touchdown toss form Adams to junior receiver Blake Robison.
But the Bowmen again struck back in a hurry as Munro returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a score that gave the Bowmen a 56-21 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the final stanza, Sherwood got a 45-yard field goal by senior Taylor Bonawitz and a 3-yard touchdown run by sophomore Jake Reimer to wrap up the 66-28 win.
'It was a good, all-around game,' Lawrence said. 'We got a lot of kids in the game and we tried to work on some different things to get ready for the playoffs.'
Sherwood, as a team, rushed for 259 yards on 35 carries. Sophomore Tanner Shadbolt, who was one of 13 Bowmen to carry the ball in the victory, led a balanced rushing attack with 72 yards on three carries. Dodson added 43 yards on three carries and sophomore Scott Skurdahl had 40 yards on four carries.
Crabtree completed six of nine pass attempts for 183 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
'We got him outside and gave him time to throw,' Lawrence said. 'He did a real good job.'
Blackshear had three receptions for 79 yards. Blackshear also had an interception on defense while Spencer and junior Joseph Balfour each had a fumble recovery. Flannery had two quarterback sacks on defense. Senior Travis Dyer and junior David Villalpando each had one quarterback sack.
The Bowmen will finish their regular season schedule Friday when they play at Milwaukie in a NWOC game starting at 7 p.m. at Milwaukie High School. The Mustangs are 0-6 in league play and 0-8 on the season.
Kris Anderson of Pamplin Media Group contributed to this story.