Newberg special teams turnovers amplify 42-0 loss to Sherwood
Newberg football returned to its home turf on Oct. 13 for the first time since a Sept. 16 blowout victory over the winless Aloha Warriors. It was far from the ideal game in front of the home crowd, as Sherwood went on to defeat the Tigers 42-0 after going up 28-0 in the first half.
The key moments in the game came in the first half, when twice on kickoff returns in the second quarter the Newberg returner fumbled the ball into Sherwood hands. The Bowmen converted the turnovers into 14 points, making a 14-0 lead 28-0 by the end of the second stanza.
On offense, the team struggled to put together a scoring drive. The closest the Tigers came was in the waning minutes of the second quarter. The team put together a 17-play drive that marched from their own 20-yard line down to the Sherwood 3-yard line. However, the Bowmen defense stuffed senior running back Hudson Davis and got the ball back with seven seconds left in the half.
"I think our guys wanted to get back on the field and move the ball on offense," Newberg coach Jeremy Johnson said. "We proved at the end of the first half that we could move the ball and advance the ball -- we just have to punch it in. Those turnovers hurt us. In the second half we came out, we stalled, and they were able to move the ball. Obviously set the mark different there. We were at a point where we were just scrambling to move the ball in the second half, and we just didn't get the ball fast enough."
It's the first time this season Newberg has failed to score points; in every previous contest the Tigers managed at least 21 points, maxing out at 54 against Aloha. Davis put together 87 yards rushing, leading his team on the ground.
"We were pretty balanced offensively on sharing the ball," Johnson said. "Hudson churned out quite a bit, so has Isaac Heveron, that kid is a very fast, elusive kid. Gannon Williams is a hard runner -- he's churning the ball up pretty good for us. Nolan Dikeman, Garrett Chaffee and Ryan Simmons have done a great job as receivers for us."
Heading into the locker room after the game, the message from Johnson was simple: on to the next week.
"It's a short week for us, we compete on Thursday next week," Johnson said. "Granted, this was a Thursday game so we have seven days until the next week. But our kids have the weekend off and Friday is a non-school day, so we have to flush this, set their mind right, take care of each other and get back in the room on Sunday and on the field getting better and making sure we are a better next week than we were this week."
Newberg (4-3, 1-2 in Pacific Conference) is slated to take to the road against Century (2-4, 0-2 in Pacific Conference) on Oct. 20.
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