Football: Sherwood stays unbeaten with a 38-8 victory

SHERWOOD - Back on Sept. 23, the Sherwood High School football team got off to a slow start before steamrolling its way to a 61-21 win at St. Helens.

The Bowmen wanted to make sure they weren't plagued with a slow start in Friday's game with Liberty.

Done and done.

Sherwood sprinted off to a 24-0 first-half lead on its way to scoring a 38-8 victory over the Falcons in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played at Sherwood High School.

'We came out a little more focused at the beginning this week,' Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. 'Overall, we played a solid game. Our defense was really solid.'

With the win, Sherwood improved to 3-0 in NWOC play (5-0 overall), keeping the Bowmen in a tie with Wilsonville for the top spot in the league standings.

Liberty moved to 2-1 in league play and to 2-3 on the season with the setback.

'Liberty's not a bad team,' Lawrence said. 'They play real tough on defense, but we were still able to put 38 points up against them.'

Senior Taylor Bonawitz started the Bowmen scoring parade with a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Sherwood got a 32-yard touchdown run by senior Paul Dodson, a 16-yard TD scamper by senior A.J. Spencer and a 51-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Dusty Crabtree to junior tight end Jacob Brooks, giving Sherwood a 24-0 lead.

Liberty, getting a 2-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion run by Nathan Selby, trimmed the Sherwood lead to 24-8 before halftime.

But the Bowmen added to their lead in the third quarter. They got a 73-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Travis Dyer and a 33-yard TD pass connection between Crabtree and Brooks in the period, wrapping up the 38-8 victory.

Sherwood, as a team, rushed for 366 yards on 40 carries. Dyer led a balanced Sherwood rushing attack with 100 yards on seven carries. Spencer rushed for 71 yards on just four carries and Dodson had 65 yards on four carries.

Crabtree completed six of 12 pass attempts for 139 yards. Brooks had two receptions for 84 yards.

For the Sherwood defense, Bonawitz and junior Cyrus Mooney each had an interception. Seniors Dylan Flannery, Ryan McDermott and Zane Groves each had a fumble recovery.

Dodson, senior Austin Wheaton, junior Harrison Shelburne and Groves each had a quarterback sack.

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