Sherwood runs past Hermiston in playoff opener
Football: The Bowmen will host Ashland in a quarterfinal contest on Friday
SHERWOOD - Hermiston came into Friday's state playoff game boasting a player nearing 2,000 rushing yards for the season.
But, as it turned out, it was the Bowmen who ended up running wild.
Sherwood, seemingly running at will, rushed for a season-high 617 yards on 57 carries as it rolled to a 59-22 win over Hermiston in a Class 5A state playoff first-round game played Friday at Sherwood.
'They had a hard time figuring out who had the ball,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'It's nice when you play teams that haven't seen you much.'
Hermiston, the No. 2 team out of the Columbia River Conference, finished its season with a final record of 6-5.
Sherwood, the defending Class 5A state champ and the top team from the Northwest Oregon Conference, improved to 11-0 on the season with the win, its 24th straight victory.
The Bowmen also advanced to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. They'll host Ashland Friday in a quarterfinal game starting at 7 p.m. at Sherwood High .
Sherwood, in last Friday's gam, had five players rush for at least 90 yards.
'The whole offense did good. We executed well and the linemen did a great job blocking,' Lawrence said of the group that includes center Nick Rowlands, guards Joseph Chamberlain and Bryan VanOrman and tackles Zane Groves and John Powers and tight end Dylan Flannery among others.
Meanwhile, Hermiston senior running back Bobby Adams came into the contest with more than 1,900 rushing yards on the season. The Bowmen limited him to 90 yards on 25 carries.
'We were a little worried about their running back,' Lawrence said. 'We wanted to stop their run game.'
Senior fullback Travis Dyer got the scoring started for Sherwood in the win with a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Senior Connor Munro added a 23-yard TD run, with junior Joseph Balfour adding a two-point conversion run to give the Bowmen a 15-0 lead.
Hermiston came back to tie the game in the opening quarter, at 15-15, behind a pair of long TD passes from Alex Campbell to Alex Ortiz.
But the rest of the game belonged to Sherwood.
Bowmen senior Paul Dodson gave the lead back to the Bowmen with a 22-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Dyer followed with TD runs of nine yards and one yard. Senior fullback Cody Setere capped off the first half with a 47-yard TD run that gave Sherwood a 43-15 lead at halftime.
Munro had a 19-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard TD run by sophomore Scott Skurdahl in the third quarter. Taylor Bonawitz finished the scoring for Sherwood with a 32-yard field goal.
Setere led the balanced Sherwood rushing attack with 132 yards on nine carries. Dodson had 111 yards on eight carries. Senior A. J. Spencer rushed for 111 yards on four carries, Dyer had 93 yards on 10 carries and Munro had 90 yards on seven carries.
Ashland, the No. 2 team from the Midwestern League, brings an 8-2 record into Friday's quarterfinal game.