Sherwood can't slow fast-starting Clackamas
CLACKAMAS — The Clackamas Cavaliers were not fooled by any of Sherwood's wing-T trickery Friday night.
That was especially true early in the game.
Clackamas running back Noah Hobbs rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Austin Atkeson threw for 125 yards and two scores, but it was the Cavaliers' defense that set the tone for in the 43-14 win over the Bowmen in the non-league high school football game played at Clackamas High School.
Sherwood had the ball six times in the first half and netted a total of 22 yards – 19 yards rushing, 3 yards passing – with one first down on the final play of the half and after Clackamas had jumped out to a 24-0 lead.
The Cavaliers (2-0) tacked on two more scores the first two times they touched the ball in the second half to push the score to 37-0 and all but put the game out of reach before the end of the third quarter.
Sherwood senior Ben Baxter scored on touchdown runs of 17 and 3 yards in the fourth quarter, but by then it was a case of too little, too late for the Bowmen (0-2).
"Clackamas has guys who are physical and they get after it," Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. "Clackamas was more physical than we were. We couldn't do anything, plain and simple. That's all it was. We could not do anything because they were much more physical than we were.
"The big thing is that we didn't quit. Yeah, we're disappointed, sure. But they know that team is a good football team. they're the defending state champions and they've got some weapons. They've got some really good weapons. So, they're going to be hard for anybody to stop."
Clackamas, in Friday's game, took a 7-0 lead on Hobbs' 3-yard run with 11 minutes and 15 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers added a Jeffrey Nelson 23-yard field goal, an Atkeson 64-yard touchdown pass to Richard Kennewell, and a Hobbs 4-yard TD run before the end of the half, but the biggest difference in the game was Sherwood's inability to move the ball.
The Bowmen went three and out on each of their first four possessions and the closest they came to crossing midfield on any of those drives was when quarterback Seth Bernhardt rushed for 3 yards to the Sherwood 29-yard line on the third play of the second quarter.
"We were just not ready," Bernhardt said. "We weren't prepared. We didn't underestimate Clackamas, but they're just a really good football team and we just we're exactly ready for it. It's always frustrating when you get shut down multiple times and it's all three-and-outs and no first downs. But you've got to keep your head up and do what you can to keep the big guys up front motivated, because they're the ones that rule our team."
Clackamas led 17-0 when Sherwood linebacker Kaden Rhinehart intercepted a pass, setting up the Bowmen at the Cavaliers' 11-yard line with 6:47 to play in the second quarter. But Sherwood couldn't capitalize on the opportunity.
Clackamas later got a 52-yard touchdown pass from Atkeson to Nemo Dedmon that extended the Cavaliers' lead to 30-0 with 8:48 to play in the third quarter. Hobbs' third touchdown run would make it 37-0.
Sherwood ran 50 plays and finished with 227 yards total offense. Baxter led the ground attack with seven carries for a game-high 103 yards rushing, senior Ryan Scroggin added nine carries for 23 yards, and senior Ian Stormont chipped in seven carries for 21 yards.
The Bowmen used three quarterbacks who completed a combined 5 of 16 passes for 38 yards with two interceptions. Sophomore Jackson Hughes, senior Jacob Reuter, Baxter, Rhinehart and senior Michael Antrim had one catch apiece for Sherwood.
For the Bowmen defense, Rhinehart and junior Nick Severson each had a quarterback sack.
"Hey, we're just going to stay positive," Lawrence said. "That's all we can try to do is just stay positive and look to the future. The road is not getting any easier, because we're going to hit Lakeridge, then Central Catholic, and then West Linn. How we got all those games, I don't know. We're not playing any of the other teams that some of the other teams are playing, but it is what it is. We'll take on the challenge and then we'll get into league and see what we can do and see if we can make a run in the playoffs."
The Bowmen are at home Friday to play host to Lakeridge in a non-league game starting at 7 p.m.