Sherwood remains unbeaten with 61-0 win over Wilsonville

by: DAN BROOD - QUICK QB -- Sherwood senior quarterback Kevin Larkin (right) looks to get past Wilsonville's Cole Wilson in Friday's game. SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School football team was looking to end its rivalry with Wilsonville with a bang.

Well, BOOM.

BOOM. And another BOOM.

The fired-up Bowmen, who will be moving up to the Class 6A level next school year, ended their heated gridiron rivalry with Wilsonville by scoring a dominating 61-0 win over the Wildcats in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played Friday at Sherwood High School.

“This meant a lot to us,” Sherwood senior fullback/linebacker Jake Reimer said after the game. “We wanted to go out with a bang. We beat them nine times in a row and we wanted to continue the streak.”

“This meant the world to us,” said Sherwood senior quarterback Kevin Larkin, who had three touchdown passes in the victory. “We wanted to go out against them in a big way. It’s our field, and they don’t belong here.”by: DAN BROOD - ZAK SACK -- Sherwood junior Zak Taylor sacks Wilsonville quarterback Elijah Benedick in Friday's game.

“We wanted to leave our legacy as seniors,” said Bowmen senior fullback/linebacker Mickey Schaefer, who had a pair of long touchdown runs on offense and a quarterback sack on defense. “We really wanted to win this one.”

Wilsonville moved to 3-2 in NWOC play and to 4-3 on the season with the setback. Sherwood improved to 7-0 on the season and 5-0 in conference games, keeping the Bowmen all alone atop the NWOC standings.

“This game always means a lot to the players and coaches,” Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. “Nine in a row — it’s good to go out like this.”

by: DAN BROOD - GOT HIM -- Sherwood senior linebacker Mickey Schaefer (left) pulls down Wilsonvllle senior Derek Sunkle for a loss.“It was our last game against them, and we we really wanted to take it to them,” Sherwood senior Keegan Lawrence said. “This meant a lot to us.”

The motivated Bowmen seemed to be clicking in all aspects in their win over the rival Wildcats.

“It was an all-around good game. Everyone stepped up,” Keegan Lawrence said. “This was a lot of fun. Football is always fun, especially when you beat your rival.”

Lawrence had a strong all-around performance in the win. He had a rushing touchdown, two long receiving touchdowns and an interception return for a TD. He also had a halfback pass that went for an apparent touchdown to senior Nic Clarke, only to be called back due to a penalty.

“I wish I could have got the pass for the touchdown, but, oh well,” Lawrence said with a smile.

Sherwood got off to a flying start in Friday’s game.

On the Bowmen’s first offensive play of the game, Schaefer scored on a 44-yard run up the middle to give Sherwood a 6-0 lead with 9 minutes and 34 seconds left in the first quarter.

“They were looking at Keegan,” Schaefer said. “But I got the ball and ran by them.”by: DAN BROOD - TEAM TACKLE -- Sherwood's (from left) Nic Clarke, Jake Reimer and Andrew Rice bring down Wilsonville's Derek Sunkle.

The next Sherwood touchdown was set up by the defense, as 6-foot-11 Bowmen senior defensive end Jordan Kurahara made a leaping interception of an attempted middle screen pass.

“They tried to lob it over me, and I went up and got it,” Kurahara said. “It was my first D-line pick. I’ve always dreamed of that.”

On the very next play following the turnover, Keegan Lawrence scored on a 22-yard run around left end to up the margin to 14-0 with 4:21 left in the opening period.

After that, with Wilsonville keying on the run, Sherwood opened up its passing game.

On the first play following a Wilsonville punt, Lawrence and Larkin teamed up on a 49-yard touchdown pass play to push the lead to 20-0 with 4:52 left in the second quarter.

On the next Sherwood possession, after the Bowmen forced Wilsonville into a three-and-out, Larkin threw a 50-yard scoring toss to junior tight end Zak Taylor on a play-action pass play to make the score The Bowmen kept rolling in the second half.

Schaefer scored on a 48-yard run on the third play from scrimmage in the third quarter. The next time the Bowmen had the ball, Reimer reached the end zone on a 50-yard scamper to make the score 42-0 with 8:19 left in the period.

A 55-yard touchdown pass from Larkin to Lawrence made the score 49-0 with 4:05 left in the third quarter. On the ensuing Wilsonville possession, Lawrence intercepted an Elijah Benedick pass and returned the ball 78 yards for a touchdown down the left sideline to up the margin to 55-0 as the third quarter came to an DAN BROOD - TACKLE TIME -- Sherwood senior Martin Layna (71) brings down Wilsonville's Derek Sunkle for a loss.

With a running clock in motion, Sherwood capped off the contest with a 5-yard touchdown run by senior Brian Lee on what turned out to be the final play of the game, making the final score 61-0.

“That was a ton of fun,” Schaefer said.

“We’ve had a rivalry with them since third grade,” Kurahara said. “This was a good way to end it. This is my favorite game of the year — beside the playoffs.”

“We been playing them since we were little kids,” Reimer said. “it’s sort of sad to see it end.”

“They can’t say we ran the score up,” Greg Lawrence said. “The last two years, when we tried to kneel, they hit our quarterbacks, so we let our kids play. We didn’t pass at the end, and we had our younger kids in there, so, see ya.”

The Sherwood defense was dominant in the victory, limiting Wilsonville to just 93 yards of total offense.

“It was awesome to shut them out tonight,” Taylor said.

“I think our defense is the best in the state,” Keegan Lawrence said.

“All the credit goes to coach Monty (Wes Montgomery) and his defensive schemes,” Schaefer said. “Everyone stepped up on defense and did their job.”

Sherwood had six sacks in the contest, including one each by junior Saul Urzua, Schaefer, Taylor, senior Nick Dickson and senior Martin Layna. Senior Ryan Jurgens and Kurahara shared the other sack.

by: DAN BROOD - THERE HE GOES -- Sherwood senior Keegan Lawrence is on his way to scoring on a 55-yard touchdown pass play.“After we got the first sack (by Urzua, coming during Wilsonville’s first possession of the game), we just kept building,” Taylor said.

On offense, the Bowmen rushed for 291 yards on 26 carries. Schaefer led the rushing attack with 118 yards on eight carries. Reimer had 74 yards on three carries and Keegan Lawrence ran for 37 yards on seven carries to go with 104 receiving yards on two catches.

Larkin completed three of nine pass attempts for 154 yards. All three of his completions went for touchdowns.

“They were loading the box,” Larkin said. “So we aired it out some tonight.”

Sherwood will be back in action Friday when it plays at Sandy in a conference game starting at 7 p.m.

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