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Football: Wilsonville shut down by Sherwood in rivalry finale

Wildcats contained by future 6A competitors in lopsided loss


by: JEFF GOODMAN - Wilsonville senior Tyler Carskadon (8) tries to fend of Sherwood quarterback Kevin Larkin after intercepting Larkin's pass late in the first half Oct. 11 at Contreras Memorial Stadium.SHERWOOD — Everything made it feel like a rivalry: the particularly intense week of practice, the at-capacity parking lots, the pregame anticipation, the bantering student sections, even the way the Wilsonville football team ran onto the field before kickoff at Contreras Memorial Stadium.

Everything, that is, except the score.

The Wildcats were unable to sustain a drive against a wall of a defense, unable to keep an explosive offense out of the end zone and unable to make a dent in a 61-0 shellacking at the hands of top-ranked Sherwood on the road Oct. 11.

The defending Class 5A champion Bowmen are expected to jump to 6A next year, making this the final league meeting between the schools for the foreseeable future, and maybe that’s for the better for Wilsonville. Since defeating Sherwood for a state title in 2004, it has dropped nine-consecutive games in the rivalry and is now 5-14 in the all-time series.

And yet at least some of the Wildcats don’t want to see the Bowmen go.

“It’s sad that the rivalry is gonna be over,” lineman Sam Garrsion said, still wearing his helmet after the loss. “It’s always fun. It’s always a fun game.”

Of course, the latest edition ended with several historical footnotes that he and his teammates would probably rather forget.

Wilsonville (4-3, 3-2 in the Northwest Oregon Conference) was shut out for the first time since Colt Lyerla and Hillsboro blanked it 41-0 in 2009.

The Wildcats were held scoreless by Sherwood for the first time since 2000, when they lost 22-0. The Bowmen also won shutouts in 1996 — the inaugural meeting — and 1999.

Meanwhile, Sherwood’s 61 points were the most by any Wilsonville opponent since eventual Boise State star Kellen Moore and Prosser (Wash.) racked up 62 in 2005.

The Bowmen (7-0, 5-0) also set a new record for single-game point production in the rivalry series, topping their 55-point output in 2010. As if their 28-0 halftime lead and 27-point third quarter weren’t enough, they added another touchdown on the final play of the game.

“We’ve gotta rebound off it,” said senior linebacker Cooper Whittaker, whose team hosts Liberty (4-3, 3-2) in its regular-season home finale at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. “Hopefully, it will help us get ready for a playoff push.” 

The Wildcats will try to bounce back after mustering just 93 yards of total offense, 72 of which came on 22 carries by senior running back Derek Sunkle.

Sophomore quarterback Elijah Benedick completed just two of his 17 passes for 32 yards — one each to Sunkle and senior Steven Sawyer on the same third-quarter drive — and threw two interceptions. He was sacked six times, rarely finding peace in the pocket.

Wilsonville netted negative yardage in a disastrous first quarter that went like this: punt, punt, pick, turnover on downs, punt.

It didn’t tally a first down until junior Lane Hull powered for 3 yards on third down midway through the second quarter. But that possession ended in a punt, which was followed by another punt, a turnover on downs and an incomplete pass to the end zone as time expired before halftime.

Sherwood’s stifling defense complemented a volcanic offense that burned the Wildcats on big play after big play.

“That’s what we needed to minimize,” senior Tyler Carskadon said. “That’s what killed us. It was five yards, five yards and then 70 yards.”

Sometimes, the Bowmen skipped the five-yards part altogether. They scored on their first play from scrimmage with a 44-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Mickey Schaefer and took four more trips to the end zone on offensive plays of 50 yards or more. They’ve topped the 60-point mark in five of their seven games this year.

Sherwood senior Keegan Lawrence took both of his receptions for touchdowns, added another score on a 22-yard run and reached the end zone again on a 75-yard interception return late in the third quarter. He has tallied 18 rushing touchdowns while averaging a whopping 19.93 yards per carry this season.

Senior quarterback Kevin Larkin logged 157 yards on three completions, all touchdowns.

“Everyone had one job — to keep them in check, to contain,” Garrison said. “We held them for a couple, and we played our hearts out, but they had six big plays.”

Added Carskadon, who intercepted Larkin late in the second quarter: “Our defense played hard, and we keyed on our reads, but they’re a good team. We’ve got to tip our hats to them.”

For Carskadon and others, neither the final result nor the impending end of the league rivalry diminished the emotional significance of Wilsonville-Sherwood.

“It’s something that we circle on our calendar every year,” Carskadon said. “We try not to get too ahead of ourselves, and we try to take it one game at a time, but Sherwood week — there’s obviously a little something special.”

Several players expressed their excitement on Twitter in the days leading up to the game.

“The preparation for this week is just different,” junior Micco Mills wrote.

Whittaker said he’d been looking forward to his senior game against the Bowmen since 3rd grade.

“The rivalry goes back so long,” he said. “I remember watching my brothers play Sherwood when I a little kid. It’s a special thing.”

Garrison said he and other teammates are pretty sure a member of the Bowmen coaching staff attended one of Wilsonville’s practices.

“We’re like, ‘That guy’s been sitting there the whole time,’” he said after the loss, the Wildcats’ third in four games. “We’ll build on this. We’ll start the second half of our season.”

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AT A GLANCE

Sherwood 61, Wilsonville 0

Oct. 11 at Sherwood High School

1 2 3 4 F

Wilsonville 0 0 0 0 0

Sherwood 14 14 27 6 61

First quarter

S — (9:34) Mickey Shaefer 44 run (kick failed)

S — (4:21) Keegan Lawrence 22 run (Lawrence conversion)

Second quarter

S — (4:42) Lawrence 51 pass from Kevin Larkin (conversion failed)

S — (3:53) Zak Taylor 50 pass from Larkin (Larkin conversion)

Third quarter

S — (10:38) Shaefer 48 run (Martin Layna kick)

S — (8:19) Jake Reimer 50 run (Layna kick)

S — (4:05) Lawrence 55 pass from Larkin (David Copfer kick)

S — (0:00) Lawrence 74 interception return (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

S — (0:02) Brian Lee 5 run (conversion failed)

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CLOSING A CHAPTER

The Wilsonville football team has lost nine meetings in a row with league rival Sherwood, which is expected to move up to Class 6A next year:

1996: SHERWOOD 20, Wilsonville 0

1997: WILSONVILLE 36, Sherwood 15

1998: Wilsonville 20, SHERWOOD 13

1999: Sherwood 20, WILSONVILLE 0

2000: SHERWOOD 22, Wilsonville 0

2001: Sherwood 18, WILSONVILLE 6

2002: SHERWOOD 28, Wilsonville 22

2003: WILSONVILLE 26, Sherwood 6

2004: Wilsonville 13, SHERWOOD 0

2004: Wilsonville 37, Sherwood 13 *

2005: Sherwood 35, WILSONVILLE 21

2006: Sherwood 17, WILSONVILLE 14

2007: SHERWOOD 28, Wilsonville 3

2008: SHERWOOD 42, Wilsonville 6

2009: Sherwood 45, WILSONVILLE 7

2010: SHERWOOD 55, Wilsonville 28

2011: Sherwood 28, WILSONVILLE 23

2012: Sherwood 35, WILSONVILLE 14

2013: SHERWOOD 61, Wilsonville 0

* Class 3A championship game



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