'Rainbow Out': Sherwood, Newberg fans show unity despite ban
For much of the Newberg High School football team's season so far, it's been close but no cigar. Four of the 0-5 Tigers' games have been decided by one possession or less, the most recent of which was a 23-17 defeat on the road at Sherwood on Friday night, Oct. 1.
"Our kids keep competing week in and week out," Newberg coach Jeremy Johnson said. "It's been (a) great effort."
The game began with a display of unity between the two student sections, as the theme for the night was "rainbow out" for students from both schools to show solidarity and love in the face of a recent ban on Pride and Black Lives Matter symbols in Newberg. It was also a meeting of familiar parties on the field: former Newberg coach Kevin Hastin now patrols the sidelines for the Bowmen.
Newberg scored first, though, as Hudson Davis punched in a short-yardage touchdown to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
After Sherwood recovered a fumble midway through the second quarter, it hit a short field goal to narrow the margin to 7-3. Late in the period, the Bowmen reached the end zone for the first time on a 15-yard touchdown catch by Cody Hall, making it 10-7 in their favor.
Newberg managed a field goal as time expired in the first half, knotting the game up 10-10 at the break.
Early in the third, Hall snagged another touchdown pass for the Bowmen from seven yards out, giving the home team a 17-10 advantage. Later in the quarter, when an opportunity appeared for Sherwood to pad its lead, Newberg threw a backward pass but didn't react, allowing the Bowmen to pick it up and return it deep into Newberg territory.
Thankfully for the Tigers, though, their defense held up and prevented Sherwood from scoring. A missed field goal gave it back to quarterback Levi Durrell and the Newberg offense, and early in the fourth they cashed in.
Newberg tied the game up 17-17 on a 15-yard run from Davis. As the teams traded possessions down an eventful stretch, the Bowmen ended up making the deciding plays of the contest.
On its final possession, Sherwood marched down the field to set up a game-winning 18-yard touchdown run by Seth Glenn, who burst through the Newberg defense with ease. After a missed extra point, it was 23-17 Bowmen.
The Tigers got the ball back and were able to drive deep into opposing territory, but time expired before they could reach paydirt, and their losing streak continued.
"Competitors compete," Johnson said. "They're going to show up and try to bounce back, and we've got a tough opponent in Liberty. Sherwood is a great team, but I think we've got a lot of opportunity ahead of us to compete and have a chance to qualify for the playoffs. We have to fight for that."
Next up for Newberg is a home game against Liberty (3-2, 1-0 Pacific Conference). The Bowmen (1-4, 1-0) go on the road next week to face McMinnville (3-2, 1-0).
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