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The Bowmen come back in the second half, but are edged 35-29 by the Rams in Friday's game

PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Sherwood junior Bryan Cuthbertson (55), shown here in a game earlier this season, was in on 12 total tackles, including a quarterback sack, and Blake Jensen (87) had a 10-yard touchdown catch against Central Catholic.The Sherwood High School football team battled.

The Bowmen battled and battled against one of the best.

And they almost battled their way to victory.

Sherwood, behind a strong second-half performance, threw a scare into Central Catholic before falling 35-29 to the Rams in a non-league game played Friday at Sherwood High School.

With the win, Central Catholic, from the Mt. Hood Conference, improved to 3-1 on the season. Sherwood, from the Pacific Conference, moved to 3-1 with the setback.

The Bowmen, in Friday's game, trailed Central Catholic 28-14 at halftime. Sherwood was down 35-21 in the third quarter, before cutting the Rams' lead to 35-29, following a 1-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak by senior Gavin Evans, followed by a successful 2-point conversion, coming with 1 minute and 17 seconds left to play in the period.

But Sherwood couldn't get any closer, or take the lead, in the fourth quarter, leaving Central Catholic with the victory.

Senior Caleb Hagan led a balanced Bowmen rushing attack in the contest, with 45 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Senior fullback Lucas Voss ran for 45 yards on eight carries. Senior Jamison Guerra rushed for 43 yards and a TD on six carries. Senior Brody Stevens had 33 yards on six carries and junior Clay Peden had 32 yards on six carries.

Sherwood's other touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from Evans to senior tight end Blake Jensen.

For the Bowmen defense, junior linebacker Bryan Cuthbertson was in on 12 total tackles, including a quarterback sack. Senior Nick Severson also had a quarterback sack for Sherwood.

For Central Catholic senior quarterback Cade Knighton completed 15 of 19 pass attempt for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior Elijah Elliott led the Rams in rushing with 86 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. He also had four receptions for 67 yards and another score. Kimo Hiu had Central Catholic's other touchdown reception.

The Bowmen will be back in action on Friday, when they play at West Linn in a non-league game starting at 7 p.m. West Linn, from the Three Rivers League, is 3-1 on the season. The Lions' only loss of the season also came against Central Catholic.

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