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The visiting Bowmen remain undefeated in Pacific Conference play with 42-0 win over the Tigers.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Sherwood running back Nick Gribble follows the block of offensive lineman Alex Armas during Sherwood's win over Newberg Thursday, Oct. 13, at Newberg High School.It's been three weeks since the Sherwood football team was humbled by Metro League Jesuit to the tune of a 42-0 defeat, but since then the Bowmen have gone 3-0, outscored their opponents by a combined score of 131-19, and after pummeling nearby rival Newberg 42-0 Thursday night, Oct. 13, at Newberg High School, the Bowmen seem to have gotten their groove back to the chagrin of the rest of the Pacific Conference.

"Yeah, that game (Jesuit) was a turning point in the season just because we didn't really like how that felt," Sherwood running back Nick Gribble said. "But we all decided to just turn around the season and just kill everyone else."

Certainly, they showed no mercy on the host Tigers (4-3, 1-2) who in the first half were also their own worst enemy, twice fumbling the ensuing kickoff in the wake of Sherwood scores. But while Newberg did their part in what was ultimately a one-sided affair, Bowmen head coach Mark Gribble wanted nothing taken from his kids who accepted their coaching staff's challenge.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Sherwood's Alex Fagan chases down Newberg quarterback Cole Thomas for a sack during the Bowmen's shutout win over the Tigers Thursday, Oct. 13, at Newberg High School."We wanted to play clean and we challenged the kids to do it," Coach Gribble said. "We had a short week of preparation but we executed well on both sides of the ball. This was a statement game and the kids wanted to send a message."

And they wasted little time sending it, going 72 yards on 13 plays on the game's opening drive, culminating with a Nick Gribble 11-yard touchdown run.

After a Newberg punt on the ensuing possession Sherwood (5-2, 3-0) made it 14-0 when Gribble again scored, this time from three yards out to cap a nine-play, 67-yard drive. And that's where things started to go off the rails for the Tigers.

They fumbled the subsequent kickoff and Sherwood quarterback Kasen Covert connected with Elijah Douglass for a 14-yard score. Then when Newberg fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Keaton Fried went 25 yards for a score and the rout was on.

Newberg head coach Jeremy Johnson certainly wasn't pleased with the performance or quite obviously the outcome, but while giving credit to the Bowmen players and coaches for the win, he certainly didn't think the score was an accurate depiction of the difference in the two teams.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Newberg running back Hudson Davis was one of the few bright spots for the Tigers during their 42-0 loss to Sherwood Thursday, Oct. 13, at Newberg High School."One thing we told them (his team) is, takeaway those other two scores and we're right there with it," Johnson said. "Maybe it's 14-0, maybe it's 14-7, but they were able to compete with those guys. The last thing we left them with was that the score isn't indicative of who they are as a team. But that team and those coaches earned a win, they fought hard."

Coach Gribble harkened back to the Jesuit game when speaking to his kids' performance against the Tigers, citing not the negatives of the loss to the Crusaders, but rather the positives they felt helped them on this night, and that will equally help them going forward.

"Jesuit's a great team," he said. "We didn't play well against them in any facet of the game and having that opportunity to reflect and bounce-back from that is helping us. It's just good that it was early in the season opposed to the second or third round of the playoffs. It was a learning experience that we have to come ready to play and be focused, no matter who you're playing."

Nick Gribble agreed with his coach, and dad, saying that the loss three weeks ago taught them that there's no room for error against the state's best competition.

"You just have to execute everything 100 percent perfect," Nick Gribble said, "and it starts with having a good week of practice."

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Sherwood senior tight end Oliver Fisher runs after a catch during the Bowmen's shutout win over the Tigers Thursday, Oct. 13, at Newberg High School.And did his son and the rest of the Sherwood players make their coach proud?

"I couldn't be prouder," Mark Gribble said. "I'm a long-time Sherwood guy and I've been around most of these guys since they were in the third grade, so I'm super excited to just see them have success."

Nick Gribble finished the game with 70 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

Covert rushed for 34 yards and completed 7 of his 9 attempts for 73 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

Newberg was led by running back Hudson Davis who finished with 87 yards rushing.

Sherwood will travel to Glencoe next week, while Newberg is at Century.


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