The Bowmen beat Putnam to move to 9-0 on the season

SHERWOOD — For the Sherwood High School football team, Friday’s Senior Night win over Rex Putnam was at least somewhat about having fun, getting the seniors plenty of playing time and even throwing in a wacky play.

But, now, the Bowmen are ready to really get down to business.

Sherwood, in its final game before jumping into postseason play, rolled to a 62-7 win over the Kingsmen in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played Friday at in front of a Senior Night crowd at Sherwood High.

“It really was a fun night,” Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. “We got all of the seniors in and got them extended playing time, and we let them play different positions. It turned out to be a great night.”

Rex Putnam finished the regular season with a 3-4 mark in NWOC play and an overall record of 3-6. Sherwood completed its regular season slate with a 9-0 record, which included a 7-0 mark in conference play.

The Bowmen have a bye from postseason play this week and will next be in action Nov. 8 when they host a Class 5A state playoff first-round game against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

“It’s time to really get down to business and focus on the playoffs, now,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence added that having a bye this week should help the team, as the Bowmen are hoping to get some injured players, such as Mason Rivers and Scott Skurdahl, back into action.

In Friday’s win over Putnam, Sherwood took a quick 6-0 lead when senior Brian Lee scored on a 24-yard run.

Then, the wackiness set in.

On the extra point, Sherwood ran a fake kick play, called the “Wrecking Ball,” in honor of 5-foot-5, 240-pound lineman/kicker Martin Layna.

On the play, senior lineman Ryan Jurgens, who was lined up as the holder, began hoping in a three-point stance, somewhat like a monkey, toward the left sideline. While that was going on, the snap went to Layna, who made a running jump pass to 6-foot-11 senior tight end Jordan Kurahara in the back of the end zone for a successful two-point conversion.

The video of the play, designed by Jurgens and Sherwood assistant coach Rich Hannan, has already become an internet sensation.

“I guess we’re famous now,” Lawrence said with a laugh. “I let the players cloud my judgment a bit, but I let it go. It was all for fun. We weren’t trying to rub anyone’s nose in it.”

Sherwood senior Keegan Lawrence added a 92-yard touchdown run and senior fullback Mickey Schaefer scored on a 1-yard blast later in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Bowmen got a 48-yard scoring run by senior fullback Jake Reimer, a 20-yard TD run by senior receiver Nic Clarke and a 9-yard touchdown run by senior Tanner Shadbolt as the home team took a 42-0 halftime lead.

Schaefer, Keegan Lawrence and junior Sean Scroggin all had touchdown runs in the second half to help the Bowmen close out the 62-7 win.

Sherwood rushed for 596 yards on 34 carries in the victory. Keegan Lawrence gained 227 yards on seven carries. Schaefer had 142 yards on five carries. For the Sherwood defense, Clarke had an interception and senior Nick Dickson had a quarterback sack.

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