The Bowmen open their season by scoring a 14-13 victory over Cottage Grove
by: Allan Campbell, MANY HAPPY RETURNS — Senior Austin Snow (34) had a 45-yard punt return for the Bowmen on Friday.

SHERWOOD - Sherwood had its problems on offense.

But that's OK, because the Bowmen were able to rely on their defense.

And that defense was a big reason while the Sherwood football team was able to get its season off to a winning start.

The Bowmen opened its 2006 slate by scoring a 14-13 win, in double overtime, over Cottage Grove in a non-league game played Friday at Sherwood High.

'It was nice to get out with a win,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'The defense played awesome. We weren't really up to par on offense, but it's all fixable.'

With the win Sherwood opens the season with a 1-0 mark. Cottage Grove is off to an 0-1 record with the setback.

In Friday's tilt, neither team was able to score in the regulation four quarters. The Bowmen, however, did have some opportunities thanks to a pair of big punt returns.

Sherwood senior Bijan Tavazoie returned a punt 42 yards to the Cottage Grove 20, but that series ended with an interception. Austin Snow had a 45-yard punt return down to the 20. That threat ended with a field goal attempt that was just off the mark.

'It was a defensive game after that,' Lawrence said.

With the game still scoreless at the end of the fourth quarter, the contest went into a Kansas Plan overtime. Cottage Grove, with the first possession, got into the end zone on a 3-yard scramble by quarterback Bryant Sentman. The extra point kick was good, leaving the Lions with a 7-0 lead.

Sherwood, in its first possession in overtime, also scored, getting a 4-yard TD run on a scramble by senior quarterback Aaron Czyzewski on a fourth-down play. Sophomore Brennan Hickok added the extra point kick to tie the game at 7-7 and second the game to a second extra session.

The Bowmen, who had the first possession in the second overtime session, scored on a 1-yard, fourth-down run by senior fullback Derek Kotowski. Hickok again added the extra-point kick to give Sherwood a 14-7 lead.

But Cottage Grove, on its very first play of its possession, got a 25-yard touchdown pass from Sentman to Bobby Edwards. The Lions then appeared to be going for a tying extra-point kick, but, instead they ran a fake on the play.

The Bowmen were ready.

Sherwood senior Spencer Wolfley hit Sentman, who was rolling out on the play, forcing a fumble. Kotowski pounced on the loose ball to end the play and wrap up the Bowmen's 14-13 victory.

Wolfley, who plays at defensive end, had a big game for the Bowmen defense, coming up with four quarterback sacks in the victory. Junior Travis Lutes had a pair of sacks while junior Jason Erwin and senior Jared Newell each had one. Erwin had a total of 8½ tackles in the win and junior Travis Setere added 7½.

For the Sherwood offense, sophomore Kevin Hausner was the team's leading rusher with 40 yards on 10 carries. Tavazoie added 21 yards on five carries and senior Tim Otto ran for 18 yards on two carries.

Czyzewski completed five of 10 pass attempts for 59 yards. Junior Ian Donovan completed three of four passes for 23 yards.

Newell was Sherwood's top receiver with four catches for 48 yards.

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