Bowmen wrap up their perfect regular season
Football: Sherwood will host Benson in a Class 5A play-in game on Friday
MILWAUKIE - The Sherwood High School football team wrapped up a perfect regular season in impressive fashion.
Now, the Bowmen are ready to turn their attention to bigger things.
Sherwood, in its final contest before jumping into postseason play, ran to a 56-0 win over Milwaukie in a Northwest Oregon Conference finale played Friday at Milwaukie High School.
'It was all good,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'We got a lot of guys in the game. We played our first team in the first quarter, the second team in the second quarter and the JV team the entire second half.'
With the loss, Milwaukie finished the regular season with a 0-7 record in league games and an overall mark of 1-8.
Sherwood clinched sole possession of the NWOC title, going 7-0 in league contests, while also improving to 9-0 on the season.
The defending state champion Bowmen will open postseason play Friday when they host Benson in a Class 5A play-in game starting at 7 p.m. at Sherwood High School. The winner of Friday's game will advance to be part of the 16-team Class 5A state playoff field.
Benson, the No. 3 team out of the Portland Interscholastic League, brings an overall record of 2-7 into Friday's game.
The teams also met last year in the play-in round, with Sherwood posting a 59-6 win on its way to claiming the state crown.
'It's the same situation as last year,' Lawrence said. 'They have some good athletes, but Monty (Sherwood defensive coordinator Wes Montgomery) will have our defense ready.'
The Bowmen sure seemed to be ready during last Friday's regular-season finale at Milwaukie.
Sherwood senior Paul Dodson returned the opening kickoff 62 yards to the Mustang 12-yard line. That set up a 7-yard touchdown run by senior Connor Munro, giving the Bowmen a quick 7-0 lead.
That was just the start of things, as Sherwood kept rolling in the opening period.
Bowmen senior linebacker Dylan Flannery returned a Milwaukie fumble 15 yards for a score. Sophomore Scott Skurdahl had a 17-yard touchdown run and Dodson scored on a 19-yard run to push the lead to 28-0 by the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, Sherwood got a 20-yard fumble return by senior Danny Rice for a touchdown and junior Anthony Sherwood had a 1-yard TD run to give the Bowmen a 42-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, sophomore Tanner Shadbolt had a 19-yard TD run. Junior Jack Matney had an 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to wrap up the 56-0 victory.
Sherwood, as a team, rushed for 267 yards on 35 carries, with 20 different players carrying the ball at least once.
Junior Alex Barzee was Sherwood's leading rusher with 35 yards on four carries. Senior Denton Goff added 27 yards on three carries.
Dodson had an efficient night. In addition to his kickoff return and touchdown run, coming on his only carry of the game, he also had a 37-yard pass reception.
'He's having an awesome year,' Lawrence said. 'He can do everything.'
The Sherwood defense held Milwaukie to 78 yards of total offense.
Senior Garrett DeJong had both a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery for the Bowmen. Senior Cody Setere, Rice, Flannery, Barzee and sophomore Travis Kotowski each had a fumble recovery and senior Chris Jackson intercepted a Milwaukie pass.