The Bowmen will host rival Wildcats in Friday clash

PARKROSE — The Sherwood High School football team turned up for a big game with its biggest rival by roaring to another big win.

The Bowmen, who will host rival Wilsonville this week, stayed unbeaten on the season by rolling to a 77-16 win over Parkrose in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played Friday at Parkrose High School.

“Coach Monty (Sherwood defensive coordinator Wes Montgomery) came up with a good defensive game plan, and the kids did a good job shutting them down,” Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. “And we put up a lot of points. We knew if we scored a bunch of points, we’d be OK.”

Parkrose fell to 2-2 in Northwest Oregon Conference play and to 4-2 on the season with the loss. Sherwood improved to 6-0 on the season and to 4-0 in NWOC games, keeping the Bowmen all alone atop the conference standings.

Sherwood, while rushing for 431 yards in the win at Parkrose, also unleashed an efficient passing attack. Bowmen senior quarterback Kevin Larkin completed six of eight pass attempts for 162 yards and four touchdowns.

“Kevin threw the ball well and he hit his targets,” Lawrence said. “He’s been playing really well. And, down the road, this could really pay off for us.”

Sherwood’s passing game ignited the Bowmen’s big scoring output in Friday’s game. Larkin completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to senior Keegan Lawrence for the first score of the contest.

The Bowmen also got a 2-yard TD run by senior fullback Jake Reimer, a 36-yard touchdown pass from Larkin to senior running back Nick Dickson and a 24-yard touchdown run by Lawrence in the first quarter, which ended with Sherwood holding a 29-8 lead.

The Bowmen kept rolling in the second quarter.

Larkin and junior tight end Zak Taylor teamed up for a 33-yard touchdown pass play to open the period. Sherwood also got a 73-yard TD run by Lawrence, a 9-yard TD pass from Larkin to Lawrence, a 24-yard scoring run by Reimer and an 11-yard touchdown run by junior Evan Kitto to push the margin to 63-16 at halftime.

In the second half, Sherwood got a 2-yard scoring run by senior Brian Lee and a 14-yard TD scamper by Kitto to cap off the 77-16 victory.

“It went real well,” Greg Lawrence said. “We like it when we can do different things.”

Keegan Lawrence led the Bowmen rushing attack with 117 yards on only four carries. Junior Andrew Ripley-Miles added 80 yards on two carries. Reimer had 51 yards on four carries and senior fullback Mickey Schaefer ran for 40 yards on four carries.

Lawrence had two receptions for 56 yards and Taylor had two catches for 68 yards.

For the Sherwood defense, Larkin and sophomore Emmett Floyd each had an interception. Senior Tyler Booth, Lawrence and Schaefer each recovered a Parkrose fumble. Sophomore Stephon Layna, Reimer, junior C.J. Alley and senior Ryan Jurgens each had a quarterback sack.

On Friday, Sherwood will host rival Wilsonville at 7 p.m. in what likely could be the teams’ final meeting for years, with the Bowmen moving up to the Class 6A level next year.

“It’s not a game that you have to get the kids fired-up for,” Greg Lawrence said. “Our kids are fired up, and we’re going to do what we do. And I’m sure Sherwood will pack the place.”

Wilsonville brings a 3-1 league record and an overall mark of 4-2 into Friday’s game.

“It still is kind of for the league title,” Lawrence said. “And we haven’t lost to them since the 2004 state championship game. We don’t want to break that streak the last time we play them.”

Wilsonville brings a strong running attack into Friday’s game.

The Wildcats are led by senior running back Derek Sunkle, who has rushed for 966 yards and eight touchdowns on 111 carries.

For Sherwood, Keegan Lawrence has run for 1,112 yards on 51 carries (a 21.8 yards per carry average) with 17 rushing touchdowns. He also had four receptions for 162 yards and three more scores.

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