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Sherwood's big plays stymie Pacers

The Bowmen break off big early runs to put Lakeridge in a tough hole

VERN UYETAKE - Holden Catlett puts a stiff-arm on a Sherwood defender during a run in last week's game vs. the Bowmen. Catlett had nearly 100 yards rushing in the game.Sherwood used quick strikes to efficiently put Lakeridge away on Friday 35-3 and remain undefeated. The Bowmen had touchdown runs of 81, 53 and 91 yards in the first half and played solid defense to close out the Pacers early.

After a quick stop, Sherwood received the ball at its own 19-yard line for its first possession. David Morris found a hole and went 81 yards nearly untouched on his team's first play from scrimmage to make it 7-0.

Lakeridge and Sherwood then traded stops with the Bowmen eventually taking over on their own 41-yard line after getting a stop on fourth down.

The Pacers appeared to have a handle on Sherwood's offense after giving up the early big play and had the Bowmen faced with a fourth-and four early in the second quarter. Sherwood went for it and Morris found another big hole, going 53 yards for a touchdown. A two-point conversion made it 15-0 and the Bowmen were firmly in control.

On the ensuing kickoff, Nick Hoddevik returned the ball to the Bowmen 16-yard line. However, the Pacers couldn't move the ball and James Ryan kicked a 31-yard field goal to put his team on the board.

Sherwood was pinned at the nine-yard line after the next kickoff and then pitched to Kobe Higgins who immediately found daylight and took the ball 91 yards for a back breaking score.

Lakeridge was pushed back due to penalties on its next drive and Nic Garrison came up with a sack in the end zone for a safety and would lead 24-3 at the half.

The Bowmen opened the third quarter with the ball and, after two big plays, Morris hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass to put the game on ice.

Late in the contest, the Bowmen faced a fourth down with 2:31 remaining at the Lakeridge 32-yard line. After a time-out, they brought out kicker Adley Rutschman who drilled a 49-yard field goal with room to spare to cap the scoring.

For the Pacers, Hoddevik rushed for 101 yards, Holden Catlett had 96 yards rushing and Brandon Doblie added 45.

Sophomore quarterback Blake Schnell also got extended playing time and completed 6 of 11 passes.

Defensively, Jack Dauphinais led the team with eight tackles.

Sherwood (4-0) move on to face Tualatin (4-0) at home next week. The Timberwolves are coming off a 27-14 win over Lake Oswego while Lakeridge (1-3) will travel to West Linn (4-0).