West Linn speeds past Sherwood 35-14 and into Class 6A quarterfinals
The West Linn football team hit it hard.
The Lions, hosting Sherwood in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, hit the Bowmen hard on Friday, Nov. 15, racing out to a four-touchdown lead and rolling to a 35-14 win at West Linn High School.
"Our team played very efficiently on both sides of the ball against a very good overall team," said West Linn junior running back Gavin Haines, who rushed 22 times for 209 yards and four touchdowns against Sherwood. "It's not easy to beat a good team twice, but we figured out a way to do it."
"Friday's win was definitely a team effort," said West Linn sophomore linebacker Cole Peters, who finished with 20 tackles (including 12 solo stops and one for loss). "It's not easy to beat a good team twice, so I'm very proud of how we played."
With the victory, the fifth-ranked Lions won for the third straight and improved to 8-3 overall after finishing fourth in Special District 5. The Lions also beat the Bowmen 52-27 back on Oct. 4.
No. 12 Sherwood, meanwhile, saw its five-game winning streak snapped and ended its 2019 season with an 8-3 record.
Next up, the Lions will face fourth-ranked Central Catholic (9-2 overall after winning the Mt. Hood Conference) in the state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Hillsboro Stadium.
In the win over Sherwood, the Lions kept the Bowmen off the scoreboard for the first 34 minutes, 38 seconds of the contest, their effort on defense led by Peters, senior linebacker Treyten Burke (14 tackles), junior linebacker Thomas McNamara (13 tackles) and junior lineman Darren Wiancko (10 tackles).
That gave the West Linn offense plenty of time to get going and it did, beginning with senior quarterback Ethan Coleman's 21-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Casey Tawa for a 7-0 Lion lead late in the first quarter.
West Linn added two unanswered TDs in the second period to take a 21-0 lead into halftime, the first of those a 2-yard Haines run and the second a 32-yard Haines burst. The Lions then pushed their edge to 28-0 midway through the third quarter when Haines hit paydirt from 2 yards out.
The Bowmen responded with back-to-back scores at the end of the third quarter and midway through the fourth to close within 28-14, but West Linn tacked on a 71-yard Haines run to end any Sherwood comeback hopes.
Sherwood's Lucas Voss scored both of the Bowmen's TDs, the first from 2 yards out and the second from 6 yards.
"Our 'O' line dominated up front with the run game, and whenever Ethan needed to make a throw, he came in clutch," Haines said.
"The key to winning was how well our line played on both sides of the ball, in my opinion," Peters said. "Gavin Haines running for four TDs didn't hurt either."
For the game, 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.
For Sherwood — which rushed for 339 yards and outgained West Linn 341-320 — Clay Pedden carried 20 times for 113 yards, while Voss added 19 carries for 109 yards and two scores. The Bowmen, however, only completed 1 of 3 passes for 2 yards. On defense, Bryan Cuthbertson led his team with eight tackles (one for loss) while Brody Stevens made five stops.
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