Sherwood tipped in state title tilt
Mountain View edges the Bowmen 14-13 to claim its first state crown
HILLSBORO - One point.
One single, tiny point.
That's all that separated the Sherwood High School football team from perfection.
And that's all that kept the Bowmen from possibly winning their second straight state title.
Previously unbeaten Sherwood saw its bid to repeat as state champions fall just barely short as it was edged 14-13 by Mountain View of Bend in the Class 5A state championship game played Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.
'It was a good game,' Sherwood senior cornerback Brandon Blackshear said after the contest. 'Both teams played hard and both teams really wanted it. A couple of things went their way and a couple of things didn't go our way. It wasn't our night.'
'We knew it would be intense,' Sherwood senior halfback/linebacker Connor Munro said. 'Both teams played physical. They wanted it bad and we wanted it bad.'
Mountain View, playing in its first state championship game, finished its season with a final overall record of 12-1. The Cougars' only loss on the season was a 41-16 setback to Sherwood in a non-league game played Sept. 16 at Sherwood High School.
'It's hard to beat a team twice,' Munro said. 'And Mountain View is a great team.'
Defending Class 5A state champion Sherwood, which brought a 26-game winning streak into Saturday's state championship game, finished its season with a final overall record of 13-1.
'It sucks to lose in the finals, but we can all hold our heads high,' Sherwood senior halfback Paul Dodson said. 'It was a great season. It was so memorable as a senior. Looking back, we'll all know we did the best we could do.'
'It was a fun ride,' Sherwood senior fullback/linebacker Cody Setere said. 'We worked hard all season, and overall, it was a great season.'
Sherwood, taking advantage of a big plays made by its special teams and defense, struck first in Saturday's championship contest.
The Bowmen, in their first offensive series of the game, were forced to punt from the Mountain View 44-yard line. Sherwood senior Taylor Bonawitz then placed a punt deep into Cougar territory, with Blackshear downing the ball inside the 1-yard line.
On the very next play, Sherwood senior linebacker Dylan Flannery forced Mountain View senior running back Dimitri Dillard to fumble, with Bowmen senior cornerback Chase Krieger falling on the loose ball at the 1-yard line.
From there, Setere powered his way into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Bowmen a 7-0 lead with 6 minutes and 8 seconds left in the first quarter.
'It was great,' Setere said of scoring the game's first touchdown. I got to go head-to-head with one of the Hollister brothers. It was a big highlight for me.'
Mountain View answered back with a seven-play, 65-yard drive, which was capped off by a 7-yard touchdown run by senior Joel Scotte, tying the game at 7-7 with 2:42 left in the opening period.
Sherwood regained the lead when senior fullback Travis Dyer sprinted untouched 32 yards up the middle for a touchdown. The extra-point attempt sailed just wide, leaving the Bowmen with a 13-7 lead with 2:17 remaining in the second quarter.
The Bowmen took their six-point advantage to halftime and they carried it throughout the third quarter.
But, with 8:56 left to play in the fourth quarter, Mountain View got a 43-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Josh Smith. Cougar junior Bryce Tipton added the extra-point kick to give Mountain View a 14-13 lead.
Sherwood, getting the ball back on its own 14-yard line with 5:24 left to play following a Mountain View punt, was looking to put together a game-winning drive. And the Bowmen looked to be on their way.
Setere had a 30-yard run and Dodson added a 10-yard scamper to put the ball on the Cougar 39-yard line. A pass interference call on Mountain View would move the ball to the Cougar 21-yard line with 2:33 left to play.
But, on the next play, the Bowmen had a fumbled exchange and Scotte recovered the loose ball on the 22-yard line, giving possession to the Cougars. Mountain View, getting a 60-yard run by Dillard, was then able to kill of the remaining time on the clock to wrap up its state championship.
'You never want to lose the big one, but that was a great game,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'Someone had to lose. We had our opportunities, but things happened. I'm extremely proud of our guys and congratulations to Mountain View.'
'It was unfortunate that we came up a point short, but we left it all out there on the field,' Sherwood senior defensive back A.J. Spencer said.
Dodson was Sherwood's leading rusher in the contest with 84 yards on 16 carries. Setere added 56 yards on eight carries and Dyer had 55 yards on nine carries. Sherwood senior quarterback Dusty Crabtree completed two of seven pass attempts for 10 yards.
For Mountain View, senior quarterback Jacob Hollister completed 16 of 25 pass attempts for 166 yards. His brother, Cougar senior receiver Cody Hollister, had 12 receptions for 146 yards. Dillard led Mountain View in rushing with 116 yards on 18 carries.
For a complete game story, more photos, and more stories from the Class 5A state championship game, see the Dec. 8 issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.