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Keegan Lawrence steps up in the state title-game victory

by: DAN BROOD - GOOD JOB -- Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence cheers on his team in Saturday's game. HILLSBORO — The Sherwood High School football team was already rolling, as it held a 21-6 advantage over Marist near the midway point of the second quarter of the Class 5A state championship game.

The Bowmen then added onto their lead when junior running back Keegan Lawrence scored on a 27-yard run coming with 5 minutes and 16 seconds remaining before halftime.

After celebrating with his teammates in the end zone, Lawrence went sprinting toward the Sherwood sideline.

Running out from the sideline was Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence, who is Keegan’s DAN BROOD - DOWN GOES DAD -- Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence (right) is knocked down to the turf at Hillsboro Stadium after he did a jumping chest bump with his son, Keegan, during Saturday's state title game.

Father and son then tried a spontaneous jumping chest bump. And, well, the younger Lawrence seemed to get the best of things, as Greg Lawrence was sent sprawling to the soggy turf at Hillsboro Stadium following the mid-air collision.

“Emotions were high everywhere,” Keegan Lawrence said with a laugh after the game. “He came running out, and I just went up for it. I guess I just had too much adrenaline.”

“Yeah, I got a little caught up in things,” Greg Lawrence said, also laughing.

Despite the comical moment, it proved to be a special night for the Lawrence family, as father and son got to celebrate a state championship following the Bowmen’s 46-20 victory in Saturday night’s title tilt.

“It’s nice to keep it in the family,” Keegan Lawrence said.

The younger Lawrence played a big part in the Bowmen victory, rushing for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries.

“He made some good plays,” Greg Lawrence said. “He stepped up. They all stepped up.”

The elder Lawrence seems to get a little choked up when talking about sharing a state championship with his son.

“I get emotional,” he said.

True, but it’s not like this is the first time he’s been through this.

Back in 2010, then Sherwood senior Jake Lawrence, who now plays football at Pacific University, was a key player at receiver and linebacker for the Bowmen squad that scored a 26-23 overtime victory over Marist in the Class 5A state championship contest.

“It’s not often that a father gets the chance to do this with his son,” Greg Lawrence said. “And to do this with both sons now is something really special.”

There’s a chance there could be more special moments in the future, as Keegan Lawrence should be back for what looks to be a powerful Sherwood team in 2013.

“We hope to keep it going,” he said.

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