The Bowmen rush for 614 yards in a 68-19 victory over Milwaukie

The Sherwood High School football team was anxious to get their season going.

And, once the Bowmen did get going, Milwaukie seemingly couldn’t stop them.

Sherwood, the defending Class 5A state champion, got its season off to a rousing start as it sprinted to a 68-19 win over the Mustangs in a season-opening Northwest Oregon Conference game played Friday at Milwaukie High School.

“We put it together pretty well,” Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. “We had a few penalties and a few fumbles, but that’s nothing that we can’t fix.”

With the victory, the Bowmen not only got their season off to a 1-0 start, but they also picked up their 30th straight regular-season victory.

Milwaukie actually took a 6-0 lead in Friday’s game, getting a 40-yard fumble return by River Meyer for the first score of the contest.

But, after that, it was all Sherwood — in a very big way.

Bowmen senior Keegan Lawrence scored on a 71-yard run and senior Martin Layna added the extra-point kick to give Sherwood a 7-6 lead.

Sherwood senior fullback Mickey Schaefer added a 1-yard TD run, senior fullback Jake Reimer scored on an 11-yard run and Lawrence added an 11-yard touchdown scamper later in the first quarter, which ended with the Bowmen holding a 28-13 advantage.

In the second quarter, Sherwood got a 7-yard scoring run by junior Mason Rivers and a 45-yard TD sprint by Lawrence to push its halftime lead to 42-13.

In the third quarter, the Bowmen got a 42-yard TD run by Lawrence, a fumble recovery for a TD by senior Scott Skurdahl and touchdown runs covering 34 and 62 yards by senior A.J. Smith to camp off the scoring in their 68-19 victory.

Sherwood, which ran for an average of 476 yards a game last year, when it went 13-0 on the season, topped that in Friday’s season-opener, as the Bowmen ran for 614 yards on 45 carries in the victory at Milwaukie.

“The blocking was tremendous,” Greg Lawrence said. “The offensive line blocked great, but it wasn’t just them. The backs were blocking and the receivers were blocking. The effort was really good.”

Keegan Lawrence led the rushing attack with 243 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries. Smith added 96 yards on just two carries and senior Tanner Shadbolt had 45 yards on six carries.

Senior Kevin Larkin, making his first start at quarterback for the Bowmen, completed six of 10 pass attempts for 102 yards. Senior Nic Clarke was the team’s top receiver with two catches for 39 yards.

While the Sherwood offense ran up a total of 716 yards, the Bowmen defense limited Milwaukie to just 40 yards of total offense.

Junior Zak Taylor had an interception for the Bowmen defense while Smith and sophomore Emmett Floyd each had a fumble recovery. Junior Jacob Church, senior Nick Dickson and senior Austin Goldstein each had a quarterback sack.

The Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they host West Albany in a non-league showdown set to start at 7 p.m. at Sherwood High School.

The Bulldogs, led by standout senior running back Jake LaCoste, opened their season with a 17-7 win over Marist, last year’s state runner-up.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” Greg Lawrence said. “West Albany stepped up and it will be good to get a strong test from a really good opponent. They’re going to run the ball. That’s their thing. It’s always a good game when we play them.”

Sherwood and West Albany last met in the semifinal round of the 2011 Class 5A state playoffs, with the Bowmen getting a 61-28 win.

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