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The Bowmen score first, but the Rams get a 44-24 win in the game played at Hillsboro Stadium

The Sherwood High School football team got off to a fast start. And the Bowmen kept battling. But they couldn't come away with a win.

Sherwood, after grabbing the opening lead of the game, fell 44-24 to Central Catholic in a non-league contest played Friday at Hillsboro Stadium.

With the win, Central Catholic moved to 2-2 on the season. Sherwood fell to 1-3 with the setback.

The Bowmen, in Friday's game, took a 3-0 lead on a 37-yard field goal by junior Kaedin Steindorf in the first quarter. But the Rams came roaring back to score 21 unanswered points to take a 21-3 advantage.

Sherwood trimmed the lead to 21-10 on a 2-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Ian Stromont, but Central Catholic answered with a 7-yard TD run by Elijah Elliott to take a 27-10 halftime lead.

The Bowmen then opened scoring in the third quarter with a 65-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Seth Bernhardt, trimming the margin to 27-17, but they couldn't get any closer.

A touchdown pass and a field goal upped the Central Catholic lead to 37-17. Sherwood, getting another 2-yard scoring run by Stromont, cut the lead to 37-24, before another Elliott scoring run made the final score 44-24.

Stormont, for the game, rushed for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries. Bernhardt ran for 71 yards on nine carries and senior Jacob Reuter rushed for 51 yards on four carries. Senior Brad Baxter rushed for 44 yards on five carries.

Bernhardt completed seven of nine pass attempts for 62 yards. Sherwood senior Cade Chidester completed five of six passes for 68 yards.

For the Sherwood defense, senior Sebastian Heymann and senior Carter Atkins each had a quarterback sack.

For Central Catholic, junior quarterback Cade Knighton completed 21 of 29 pass attempts for 351 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bowmen will be back in action on Friday, when they host West Linn in a non-league game starting at 7 p.m. The Lions are 3-1 on the season.

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