Prep Football Roundup: Sherwood ends Liberty title hopes with 56-7 win
It was a tough night for Liberty.
With a potential league title in the balance, the Sherwood Bowmen made darn sure that the Falcons — unlike last year — wouldn't get in the way of what they desperately wanted, handily defeating Liberty 56-7 on Senior Night Friday, Oct. 25, at Sherwood High School.
"It was really sweet revenge," Guerra said with a smile. "That one hurt a lot last year, so we had to come back and redeem ourselves."
Did they ever.
The motivated Bowmen got off to a roaring start, scoring on a 32-yard run by Clay Peden and a Guerra 38-yard interception return to take an early 14-0 lead. They made it 20-0 following a one-yard Caleb Hagan scoring run following a Falcon fumble as the result of a poor snap on a punt attempt, and before Liberty knew it, Sherwood was off and running in a game that was over before it really started — leaving the Falcons a bit flummoxed.
"We knew that this game would be tough," Liberty sophomore quarterback Hiro Diamond said. "Overall, we had a great week of practice, but we didn't come through with what we thought was going to happen tonight."
Liberty got within 28-7 when Rolando Alfaro caught a seven-yard Diamond touchdown pass with 8:18 left in the second quarter, but Sherwood responded with a Holden Gilbert one-yard scoring run and added a three-yard score with 28 seconds remaining in the half, taking a 42-7 lead and for all intents and purposes, ending the game.
"This game just taught me that, when you face adversity, you just have to flush it," Diamond said. "Don't ever look back on it. The only time you need to look back on it is to use it as a learning experience."
For the Falcons, Diamond completed 13 of 22 passes for 94 yards. Unciano had three catches for 21 yards. Senior Marquis Brown had four receptions for 12 yards and senior running back Jaison Ochoa had three catches for 20 yards. Junior Bryce Wunderly was Liberty's leading rusher with 19 yards on four carries.
Liberty will host McMinnville starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.
Banks 45, Molalla 6
The Braves won their 18th game in a row with a relatively easy win over the Indians 45-6, Friday, Oct. 25, at Molalla High School.
"We finished strong," Banks head coach Cole Linehan said. "We came out a little flat, but still executed offensively and the defense was stout."
Banks dominated on both sides of the ball, totaling nearly 300 yards of offense while again stifling their opponent with a dominating defensive performance. Led by senior linebacker Bryson Cook's 10 tackles, four for a loss, the Braves limited the Indians to just 17 yards of total offense. Molalla quarterback Isaac Thomas-Klementis completed just two of his 13 pass attempts for 41 yards, while mustering -24 yards rushing in what was a truly dominant performance by Banks.
Offensively, the Braves were led by quarterback Tanner Shook, who completed 12 of his 14 pass attempts for 138 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Jarred Evans caught six passes for 100 yards — three of those Shook scoring throws — while junior Jack Walker caught two balls for eight yards and a score.
Senior Martial Stegemeier and sophomore Jamar Flippen combined to carry the ball 16 times for 133 yards, with Stegemeier scoring twice.
In addition to Cook, Walker Copley had seven tackles and three sacks, while Jack Walker and Flippen added five tackles apiece, and Stegemeier, Charlie White, Eliott King and Risdon White each tallied a sack.
Banks now has the week off as they prepare to host a first round playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. Location will be determined by field conditions at the high school.
"It's a waiting game to see who we play," Linehan said. "In the meantime, we'll get some good practice time in, but also use the time to recover so we're fresh and ready for next week."
Hillsboro 44, Putnam 6
The Spartans continued their resurgence, scoring 37 unanswered points en route to a dominant 44-6 win over the Kingsmen Friday, Oct. 25, at Rex Putnam High School.
Senior quarterback Kane Kiaunis completed 18 of his 31 pass attempts for 223 yards and four touchdowns, including scoring throws to Nate Smith, Scott Ellis, Thomas Johnson and Tristan Keffer. Ellis caught four balls for 97 yards, one of which was a 32-yard strike from Kiaunis to put the Sparts ahead 9-0 following a Slade Shufelt safety on the second quarter's opening drive, following a scoreless initial stanza.
From there it was all Hillsboro, as Kiaunis hit Johnson for a 37-yard score to put Hilhi up 15-0 at the half. Then Kiaunis used his legs for the Sparts, running one in from three yards before he hit Smith from twice that distance to end the third quarter up 30-0.
Putnam ended the Spartan shutout with a Jadden Hall 60-yard touchdown run with 9:35 remaining in the game, then Hilhi's Kieran Salcedo-Freeman capped the scoring with three-yard run to the endzone to close out the game.
Defensively, Trevor Schubmehl led Hillsboro with 10 tackles, two for a loss, while Smith and Dillon Condit talled eight apiece.
Hillsboro will host Hood River Valley in a league playoff game at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 1, at Hare Field, with the winner advancing to the OSAA state playoffs beginning the following week.
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