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Total Bowmen Domination

The Sherwood High School football team powers its way to a decisive 48-0 win over West Albany


by: DAN BROOD - IN THE CLEAR -- Sherwood senior Keegan Lawrence looks to be all alone on his way to scoring his third of five TDs in the win over West Albany.SHERWOOD — Plain and simple, the Bowmen dominated.

They dominated on offense.

They dominated on defense.

From start to finish, the Sherwood High School football team, well, was dominant — very dominant.

The Bowmen, taking control early and seemingly never letting up, powered their way to a decisive 48-0 win over West Albany in what was supposed to be a Class 5A non-league showdown played Friday in front of a loud, large crowd at Sherwood High School.

“I think we just played a perfect game,” said Sherwood senior fullback Mickey Schaefer, who rushed for 158 yards on eight carries in the victory. “It all went right.”

“Oh my gosh, we were so amped for them,” Sherwood senior offensive tackle Travis Kotowski said. “We talked all week about this game. We couldn’t wait to break out our new uniforms. We were so stoked. We love having challenges, and this was a huge game.”

West Albany moved to 1-1 on the season with the setback. With the win, its 31st straight in regular season play, Sherwood improved to 2-0 on the early season.by: DAN BROOD - NO WHERE TO RUN -- Sherwood seniors Mickey Schaeffer (right) and Scott Skurdahl bring down West Albany's Jake LaCoste in the backfield during Friday's game.

“I was really happy with the win,” said Sherwood senior halfback Keegan Lawrence, who had had five total touchdowns in the game despite handling the ball just 10 times. “We handled the pressure and stepped up to do what we do.”

“This was definitely big for us,” Bowmen senior nose guard Martin Layna said. “We played a great game.”

The numbers sure seem to back that up.

On offense, Sherwood, adorned in its brand new metal gray uniforms, ran up a total of 426 yards on just 39 offensive plays. On defense, the Bowmen limited West Albany to 106 yards of offense while holding Bulldog senior running back Jake LaCoste, the reigning Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year, to just 70 rushing yards on 22 carries.

So, the question is, were the Bowmen more dominant on offense or defense?

“I don’t know,” Layna said with a smile. “They both really came up big. They couldn’t stop us when we were on offense, and they couldn’t move the ball when we were on defense.”

“On offense, we put up some big plays,” Schaefer said. “On defense, we held down LaCoste. I’d say defense gets the edge.”

“I’d say it was defense,” Lawrence said. “To hold LaCoste down like we did was very important. Coach Monty (Wes Montgomery) always comes up with a great game plan on defense.”

“They were both pretty impressive,” Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. “And special teams were pretty good, too.”

Thanks to the defensive effort, Greg Lawrence will be looking a little different early next week.

by: DAN BROOD - POWER RUNNER -- Sherwood senior fullback Mickey Schaefer looks to get away from a West Al Albany defender in Friday's game.Following the Bowmen’s win at Milwaukie last week, the coach told the Sherwood squad that he would shave off his mustache if the team held LaCoste to less than 100 yards on the ground.

“I gave them a little incentive,” he said with a laugh. “I haven’t shaved it in 10 or 12 years. I didn’t check with my wife about this first, but, at least I might look a bit younger.”

While LaCoste may have been last year’s Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year, Keegan Lawrence has served notice that he could be among the favorites for this year’s honor.

In Friday’s game, the senior rushed for 143 yards on eight carries with four rushing touchdowns, all coming in the first half. He also had an 80-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Kevin Larkin early in the third quarter.

Through two games, Keegan Lawrence has rushed for 386 yards on just 18 carried with nine total touchdowns.

“It’s all definitely the offense line,” he said. “Their blocking has been perfect. It’s also the backs and the receivers with their blocks. Everyone is dong a heck of a job. They’re opening the holes and making it easy on the backs.”

Keegan Lawrence got Friday’s scoring parade started with a 5-yard touchdown run that gave the Bowmen a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes and 42 seconds left in the first quarter. He added another 5-yard touchdown run later in the period to up the margin to 14-0.

The Bowmen kept rolling in the second quarter. Schaefer had a 56-yard run to help set up Lawrence’s 6-yard TD scamper, which pushed the lead to 21-0 with 10:28 left in the first half.

Lawrence finished the first-half scoring spree with a 54-yard burst coming with 1:33 left in the half, making giving Sherwood a 28-0 cushion at the intermission.

The Bowmen came out firing to start the third quarter. Schaefer made a 66-yard sprint to the end zone on the second play from scrimmage in the period to up the lead to 35-0.

On the next Sherwood possession, Larkin and Keegan Lawrence teamed up for their 80-yard TD pass connection.

The Bowmen defense then got into the scoring act, as Sherwood junior safety Andrew Ripley-Miles scooped up a West Albany fumble and scampered 56 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown that wrapped up the 48-0 victory.

“There were people kind of doubting us, but we were ready,” Layna said. “We want to be No. 1.”

Sherwood, as a team, rushed for 347 yards on 34 carries in the win.

by: DAN BROOD - NO WHERE TO GO -- Sherwood seniors Jordan Kurahara (35) and Martin Layna chase down West Albany's Jake LaCoste. The Bowmen offensive line, behind starters Kotowski, Nick Aspen, Cam Theimann, Andrew Rice and Saul Urzua, among others, helped pave the way for the big rushing numbers.

“I’m so proud of our line,” Kotowski said. “Everyone is getting into the groove. And it’s so fun watching Keegan — he’s amazing.”

For the Sherwood defense, Layna had two tackles for losses and a forced fumble. Ripley-Miles and junior C.J. Alley each had a fumble recovery, senior Nic Clarke had an interception and senior Scott Skurdahl, senior Jake Reimer and sophomore Kobe Higgins each had a tackle for a loss.

And, why the Bowmen may have turned in a very impressive overall performance in the win, they insist that the best is yet to come.

“Absolutely, we can get better,” Keegan Lawrence said. “We can always improve.”

“We can always get better,” Kotowski said. “We’ve got so much potential.”

Sherwood will be back in action next Friday when it travels to Hermiston for a non-league game starting at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs are 2-0 on the season, with victories over Rex Putnam and Hillsboro.




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