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Sherwood moves to 3-0 with a 35-30 victory

DAN BROOD - Sherwood senior T.J. Toivonen starts to celebrate following the Bowmen's 35-30 win over Tigard.SHERWOOD — Some big-time hits.

A back-and-forth battle.

A large, enthusiastic crowd.

An amazing game.

And, when it was all over, the Sherwood High School football team got to celebrate a thrilling win.

The Bowmen, scoring first and holding off Tigard the rest of the way, scored a 35-30 win over the Tigers in a nail-biting Three Rivers League opener played Friday at Sherwood High School.

“Oh man, that was a great win,” said Sherwood junior running back David Morris, who rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown in the victory. “We've been thinking about this since last year (when Sherwood fell 49-28 at Tigard.)”

DAN BROOD - Tigard junior running back Jash Allen is lifted into the air by junior teammate Tyler Cancelosi after scoring a touchdown in Friday's game at Sherwood.“This was great,” said Sherwood senior Keaton Flannery, who scored a pair of touchdowns in the win. “We prepared all week for this. We've been looking forward to this since last year. It was a real battle on the field, and it was great atmosphere.”

With the hard-fought loss, Tigard moved to 0-3 on the season.

“It was a great game,” said Tiger junior running back Jash Allen, who scored a pair of touchdowns in the contest. “I think we did pretty good. And we're going to come out next week and work as hard as we can in practice.”

“That was fun,” said Tigard senior fullback Peyton Olson, who rushed for 111 yards and a pair of scores.

The Bowmen upped their early-season record to 3-0 with the victory.

“This was a really big win,” said Sherwood senior running back Gage Fuller, who ran for 103 yards and a score. “We lost to them in their house last year. I think we were scared them, This year, we were confident, and we knew we could win.”

“This was a great way to start the league season,” Sherwood senior center Sean Allen added.

DAN BROOD - The Sherwood High School football team gathers prior to Friday's game with TigardIt didn't take long for the fireworks to start in Friday's showdown.

Sherwood, on the first play from scrimmage in the contest, got a 71-yard touchdown run by senior running back Kobe Higgins, giving the Bowmen a 7-0 lead just 25 seconds into the game.

The Tigers answered back with the first big defensive play of the game, as junior linebacker Sam Nihill recovered a Sherwood fumble at the Tigard 47-yard line.

That helped set up a 14-play, 53-yard drive, which was capped off by Olson's 1-yard touchdown blast, that tied the game at 7-7 with 1:21 left to play in the first quarter.

The Bowmen then came up with a big defensive play of their own, as senior defensive back T.J. Toivonen made a leaping interception of a deep Tigard pass at the Sherwood 40-yard line.

“He's wanted that first pick for a long time,” Morris said with a smile.

The turnover helped set up Flannery's first touchdown of the game, coming on a 2-yard run, giving the Bowmen a 14-7 lead with 8:28 left to play in the second quarter.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood senior Kobe Higgins breaks into the clear on his way to scoring on a 71-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in Friday's game.“I haven't had a ton of runs this year, so that was nice,” Flannery said.

Tigard answered right back. A 40-yard run by senior Michael Casugay helped set up Allen's 1-yard touchdown run, which tied the game at 14-14 with 3:44 left to play in the second quarter.

Now, it was Sherwood's turn to answer back. And that's just what the Bowmen did, as Flannery pulled in a 27-yard touchdown, on a play-action pass down the left sideline from senior quarterback Adam Vasquez, giving Sherwood a 21-14 lead, which it would take to halftime.

“I knew I'd be open,” Flannery said. “That felt great.”

Tigard, getting big runs from Olson and Allen, got off to a flying start to the second half. The Tigers capped off an 80-yard drive with Allen's 3-yard touchdown run, coming behind tackle Conner Crist, tying the score a 21-21 with 9:53 left to play in the third quarter.

But Sherwood answered right back again. Morris, with a spectacular run to the right side of the field, sprinted 67 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bowmen a 28-21 lead with 9:25 left to play in the period.

“The linemen opened a huge gap,” Morris said of the TD run. “My initial thought was to get into the end zone no matter what it took. DAN BROOD - Tigard senior fullback Peyton Olson powers his way into the end zone during Friday's game at Sherwood.That's why I did the spin move.”

Tigard trimmed the margin to 28-24 when junior Garrick Garguravich booted a 34-yard field goal with 6:27 left to play in the third quarter.

Again, the Bowmen had an answer. This time, it was Fuller running for a 62-yard touchdown, upping the margin to 35-24 with 7:02 remaining in the game.

Tigard, not giving in at all, cut the lead to 35-30 when Olson scored on a 13-yard run with 4:23 left to play.

The Tigers had one last chance to rally for the lead, as they gained possession on their own 29-yard line with 2:19 left to play in the game.

But, on fourth down, Sherwood seniors Adley Rutschman and Blake Gravely put heavy pressure on Tigard senior quarterback Chase Crawford, leading to an incomplete pass, wrapping up the win for the Bowmen.

“Oh man, what that ever a battle,” Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. “It came down to who had the ball last. Our defense stepped up at the end. The game could have gone either way. When you have a rivalry game, anything can happen. We just had the answers. I'm super proud of these kids.”

DAN BROOD - Sherwood senior Gage Fuller (34) looks to get past Tigard's Ryan Minniti.“Man, that was a very physical game,” Morris said. “I'm very beat up right now.”

“That was a ton of fun,” Allen said. “It was a great atmosphere to play in.”

Tigard, behind the play of linemen Zack Jacobs, Tyler Mack, Ryan Tucker, Crist and Derek McMurray, rushed for 299 yards on 47 carries as a team.

Olson picked up his 111 yards on 18 carries. Allen ran for 79 yards on 16 carries and junior Ryan Minniti ran for 69 yards on 12 carries.

“I couldn't have done it without my linemen,” Allen said.

DAN BROOD - Tigard senior Michael Casugay turns the corner during Friday's game at Sherwood.Crawford completed five of 16 passes for 112 yards. Olson had three catches for 48 yards and senior receiver Jacob Chesler had two receptions for 64 yards.

For the Tigard defense, sophomore Braden Lenzy intercepted a pass, Chesler had a tackle for a loss and Crist blocked a pass.

Sherwood, as a team, ran for 386 yards on 32 carries behind the blocking of linemen Allen, Lukas Adams, Nathaniel Harrison and Zach Rome, among others.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood senior Parker Crowell (left) intercepts a Tigard pass in front of Tiger sophomore Braden Lenzy.Morris needed just 10 carries to pick up his 169 yards. Fuller ran for 103 yards on six carries and Higgins ran for 74 yards on five carries.

Vasquez completed four of 11 passes for 68 yards.

For the Sherwood defense, Toivonen and senior Parker Crowell each had an interception.. Sophomore Nic Garrison had a tackle for a loss.

Both teams will be back in action next Friday. Sherwood will play at Lakeridge and Tigard will travel to Canby for Three Rivers League contests starting at 7 p.m.

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