Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin set for Round 2 challenges
The Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin high school football teams all got off to winning starts in postseason play.
Now, the Bowmen, Tigers and Timberwolves will all look to make it two in a row, as they will compete in Class 6A state playoff second-round games tonight (Friday).
Tigard will be at home, as it will host Mountainside in a second-round playoff tilt starting at 7 p.m.. Tualatin will also be at home, when it faces North Medford at 7 p.m. Sherwood will travel to West Linn for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Bowmen, in tonight's game, will face a familiar opponent in West Linn. The teams met earlier this season, with the Lions getting a 52-27 win in a game played Oct. 4 at West Linn High School.
Sherwood had four first-half turnovers in that contest, and trailed 35-0 at one point.
But the Bowmen will be looking to turn the tables in tonight's rematch.
"We've been stuck losing in the second round the past few years. We expect to move farther than that this year — we expect that," Sherwood senior running back/defensive back Jamison Guerra said following the Bowmen's 49-7 first-round playoff win over McNary. "It's going to take a performance like this (the McNary game). The first time we played them, things obviously didn't go our way. We had a lot of mistakes. We'll tighten the bolts, and we'll get back to it."
"Last time, we came out pretty flat, and they thumped us," Sherwood senior lineman Nick Severson said. "But, we're ready, and we're going to give them our best."
"We played them once this season, and didn't have a good game," Sherwood senior tight end/defensive end Blake Jensen said. "We're excited to go out and get some revenge."
West Linn senior quarterback Ethan Coleman completed 21 of 29 pass attempts for 412 yards and six touchdowns in the teams' first meeting. Senior receiver Casey Tawa had seven catches for 186 yards and four touchdowns.
Sherwood did run for 330 yards on 48 carries in the first meeting. Junior Clay Peden led the Bowmen rushing attack with 92 yards on 11 carries. Junior Holden Gilbert had 62 yards on eight carries. Guerra added 63 yards on five carries.
West Linn, the No. 4 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 5 team in the final OSAA power rankings, brings an overall record of 7-3 into tonight's game. The Lions opened the state playoffs with a 70-29 win over Roosevelt.
Sherwood, the Pacific Conference champion, and the No. 12 team in the power rankings, is 8-2 on the season.
The winner of tonight's game at West Linn will face either Central Catholic or Newberg in the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Tigard will be looking to advance to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs for the fourth straight year when it faces upstart Mountainside in tonight's second-round contest.
Mountainside, the No. 5 team out of the Metro League, and the No. 16 team in the power rankings, brings a 7-3 record into tonight's game. The Mavericks, playing at the varsity level for just the second year, won their first-ever state playoff game last week, beating Clackamas 17-7.
Mountainside sophomore quarterback Brian Mannion completed 10 of 17 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns in that game. Junior E.J. Broussard ran for a team-high 64 yards.
Tigard, the Three Rivers League champion, and the No. 1 team in the power rankings, is 10-0 on the season. The Tigers opened postseason play by jumping out to a 56-0 halftime lead on their way to getting a 56-20 first-round win over Century.
In that game, Tigard junior quarterback Drew Carter completed nine of 12 pass attempts for 205 yards and five touchdowns. Senior running back Hunter Gilbert had four receptions for 100 yards and two TDs, while also leading the Tiger rushing attack with 56 yards on just three carries. Senior Max Lenzy had both an interception return, and a punt return, for a touchdown in the first quarter.
The winner of tonight's game at Tigard will face either Barlow or Sheldon in the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Speaking of the quarterfinals, Tualatin will be trying to get there for the first time since 2010 when it hosts North Medford tonight.
North Medford, the No. 2 team out of the Southwest Conference, and the No. 10 team in the power rankings, is 8-2 on the season. The Black Tornado opened the state playoffs with a 55-49 home win over Reynolds in overtime.
North Medford senior quarterback Brennan Stults completed 26 of 45 passes for 395 yards and seven touchdowns in the victory. The Black Tornado played that game without junior running back Devin Bradd, the team's leading rusher, who had to sit out after being ejected in the team's regular-season finale.
Tualatin, the No. 2 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 7 team in the power rankings, is 8-2 on the season. The Timberwolves opened the playoffs with a 69-27 home win over Westview.
Tualatin, for the game, had 726 yards of total offense in that victory win — 414 rushing yards and 312 passing yards.
Senior Kainoa Sayre led the rushing attack, gaining 165 yards on eight carries, with four touchdowns. Senior Luke Marion added 92 yards and two touchdowns on three carries. Marion also had three catches for 70 yards and another touchdown, as well as an interception on defense.
Tualatin senior quarterback Blake Jackson completed 14 of 17 pass attempts for 222 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
The winner of tonight's game at Tualatin will face either Jesuit or Liberty in the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
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