The Sherwood High School football team opened the 2019 season playing against the same opponent it started the 2018 campaign with.
But the result, this year, was totally different. And the Bowmen were pretty happy about it.
Sherwood, with opened the 2018 season with a 24-7 home loss to Sandy, started the 2019 season by rolling to a 52-9 win over the Pioneers in a non-league game played Friday at Sandy High School.
"It was a great start, finally," Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said with a laugh. "We just have a lot more experience, good players and a lot of team speed this year."
Sherwood, behind its powerful offensive line, rushed for 353 yards and six touchdowns on 36 carries in the victory at Sandy
Senior fullback Lucas Voss had three of the Bowmen's rushing touchdowns in the game. He opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter. Voss then added scoring runs of 17 and 27 yards in the third quarter. He finished the game with 16 yards on five carries.
Senior Caleb Hagan, who won Class 6A state track and field titles in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes last year, had a 71-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Senior fullback Brody Stevens added a 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Senior running back Sam Fangon had 58 rushing yards on just two carries. Junior Tai Stormont ran for 54 yards on four carries, and he added a 45-yard pass reception. Senior Jamison Guerra ran for 44 yards on three carries and Stevens had 33 rushing yards on three carries.
Senior Gavin Evans, making his first-ever start at quarterback for the Bowmen, completed three of four pass attempt for 68 yards.
"On offense, we're about where we were in Week 7 last year," Lawrence said.
For the Sherwood defense, junior safety Jacob Pollock had a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Junior linebacker Jacob Williams had a pair of quarterback sacks. Junior lineman Austin Genz added a tackle for a loss.
"On defense, were in Year 2 under (defensive coordinator) Rich Hannan," Lawrence said. "Everyone knows the system a lot better. Overall, we had a lot of guys who had really good days."
Sherwood senior kicker Kaedin Steindorf booted a 32-yard field goal to go with seven extra-point kicks.
The Bowmen will be back in action on Friday, when they host Sprague in a non-league game starting at 7 p.m. at Sherwood High School. The Olympians opened their season with a 49-14 loss at Liberty.
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