The Sherwood football team rushes for 752 yards in 84-42 win over Sandy

SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School football team has turned in many big rushing performances throughout the years.

But the Bowmen may have topped them all in Friday’s game against Sandy — in fact, it was a performance for the record books.

Sherwood rushed for an astonishing 752 yards on 49 carries on its way to scoring an 84-42 win over the Pioneers in a Northwest Oregon Conference tilt played Friday at Sherwood.

“It was just one of those things that lined up perfectly,” Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. “Our backs ran hard and our offensive line does a fabulous job all the time.”

With the victory, Sherwood improved to 6-0 in NWOC play while also upping its overall record to 8-0. Sandy dropped to 3-3 in league play and to 3-5 on the season.

According to Lawrence, Sherwood’s 752 rushing yards as a team sets a new state record. The mark a also puts the Bowmen in the No. 5 spot all-time for rushing yards for a team in 11-man football, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (Centerville, Texas, holds the record with 893 rushing yards in a game played Oct. 3, 2003).

“It was a lot of fun,” Lawrence said. “We didn’t really realize it was a record until the weekend.”

And the record performance looked to be a team effort for the Bowmen.

Junior Mickey Schaefer led the rushing attack with 221 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Senior Cristian Morris added 217 yards on seven carries with three TDs and junior Keegan Lawrence ran for 140 yards on three carries, including a 74-yard touchdown.

Junior Jake Reimer ran for 39 yards on five carries and senior Logan Ballarche added 32 yards on six carries. Reimer, junior Tanner Shadbolt and junior Spencer Clay each had one touchdown run.

All told, 13 different Sherwood players carried the ball during Friday’s game.

And, for part of the game at least, the Bowmen had to keep running and scoring to stay ahead of a Sandy team that got a big performance from senior quarterback Justin Adams, who had five touchdown runs and a touchdown pass.

“They kept scoring and the game never really got out of hand,” Lawrence said. “We weren’t able to call off the dogs until midway through the third quarter.”

Sherwood quarterbacks Joseph Balfour and Kevin Larkin combined to complete four of nine pass attempts for 53 yards, with Larkin throwing a 21-yard TD pass to Ballarche.

For the Bowmen defense, senior Jacob Brooks, Reimer, senior Nick Rowlands, senior Harrison Shelburne, senior Logan Smith, senior Michael Alley, Balfour and senior David Villalpando-Perez each had a quarterback sack.

Senior Jack Matney and Balfour each had an interception. Junior Nic Clarke, Schaefer, junior Cole Nixon and Shadbolt each had a fumble recovery, with Shadbolt returning his 53 yards for a TD.

Sherwood will finish its regular season slate Friday when it plays at Putnam at 7 p.m.

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