The Sherwood High School football team finally got going.
But, by that time, it turned to be too late to catch West Linn.
The Bowmen, after falling behind 28-0, tried to come back, cutting the lead to 28-14, before falling 35-14 to the Lions in a Class 6A state playoff second-round game played Friday at West Linn High School.
"We just kind of ran out of time," Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. "In the first half, we had two times when we were driving, and then got hit by penalties. And we just weren't able to throw the ball. When you're trying to play catch-up, and are running the ball, you use up a lot of time, and we just ran out of time."
With the win, West Linn, the No. 4 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 5 team in the final OSAA power rankings, improved to 8-3 on the season with the win. The Lions also advance to face Central Catholic in a Class 6A state playoff quarterfinal game, set to start at 7 p.m. Friday at Hillsboro Stadium.
Sherwood, the Pacific Conference champion, and the No. 12 team in the power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 8-3. Two of the Bowmen's losses came against West Linn, which also got a 52-27 win over Sherwood in a game played Oct. 4 at West Linn High School.
"It was a good season," Lawrence said. "Our goal was to get past the second round, and I think we're better than a second-round team, but the match-up went against us. We lost three times this season, with two of those loses being against the same team."
The Lions, in Friday's state playoff rematch with the Bowmen, took a 7-0 lead when senior quarterback Ethan Coleman threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Casey Tawa, coming with 3 minutes and 9 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
West Linn upped the lead to 14-0 when junior Gavin Haines scored on a 2-yard run with 10:52 left to play in the second quarter. Haines would score again, this time on a 32-yard run, coming with 1:38 remaining before halftime, giving the Lions a 21-0 lead at the intermission.
Haines also opened the scoring for West Linn in the third quarter, scoring on a 4-yard run with 6:37 left in the period, giving the home team a 28-0 advantage.
But that's when Sherwood started battling back. The Bowmen put together a 10-play, 71-yard drive, which was capped off with a 2-yard touchdown run by senior Lucas Voss. Senior Kaedin Steindorf added the extra point kick, making the score 28-7 with 1:22 remaining in the third quarter.
Sherwood struck again in the fourth quarter. Voss finished off a 10-play, 56-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run, which trimmed the margin to 28-14 with 7:41 left to play in the contest.
But the Bowmen couldn't get any closer.
Haines scored his fourth touchdown of the game, coming on a 71-yard run with 1:51 remaining, securing West Linn's 35-14 victory.
Despite the setback, Sherwood rushed for 342 yards, and outgained West Linn, 344-313, for the game.
Junior Clay Peden led the Bowmen rushing attack, gaining 113 yards on 20 carries. Voss added 109 yards on 19 carries. Senior Jamison Guerra ran for 58 yards on 10 carries and senior Brody Stevens had 33 yards on eight carries.
Bowmen sophomore quarterback Bjorn Bergstrom completed one of two pass attempts, having a 2-yard competition to Guerra.
For the Sherwood defense, junior Bryan Cuthbertson was in on eight total tackles, including one tackle for a loss. Stevens was in on five total tackles. Senior Blake Jensen had a quarterback sack and Stevens had an interception.
"We're a little disappointed, but it was still a good season," Lawrence said.
For West Linn, Haines ran for 209 yards, and four touchdowns, on 22 carries. Coleman went 10 of 14 passing for 119 yards with one TD and one interception, with Tawa making three catches for 45 yards and one score and senior Chase Fletcher catching three passes for 38 yards.
The loss marked the final high school game for Sherwood seniors Voss, Kaden Fuller, Brian Tziu-Rojas, Manny Jimenez, Sam Fangon, Braedon Rebenstorf, Blake Schafer, Gavin Evans, Tyler McCleskey, Guerra, Stevens, Michael Rump, Kaden Flesher, Caleb Hagan, Steindorf, Logan Carr, Ian Glenn, Nick Severson, Zhayan Perez, Daniel Matzinger and Jensen.
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