Bowmen run for 428 yards in victory
(HILLSBORO) – Sherwood (13-0) proved they are the class of 5A football, winning its second state championship in three seasons with a 46-20 whipping of Marist (11-2) of Eugene in the final game of the night at Hillsboro Stadium.
Unlike the 2010 title game when Sherwood nipped Marist by a field goal in overtime, 26 to 23, Saturday night the Bowmen jumped all over a mistake prone Spartan team by scoring 22 points in 3:38 of the second quarter, turning a 14-6 lead into a 36-6 laugher.
Addressing his team on the field immediately after the game, Sherwood head coach Greg Lawrence said that “he’s never been prouder of a group of players” and that he was confident in this result.
“I knew these guys would do this, based on how hard they work,” said Lawrence. ”From the starters right down to the scout team, we win because we are prepared and they left no doubt tonight.”
Sherwood defeated Marist, 38 to 20 earlier this season, but this time the Bowmen did leave no doubt as to what team improved more during the season. Sherwood has now won 39 of its last 40 games, its only loss a 14-13 defeat to Mountain View in last season’s 5A title game.
“They improved on defense since the first time we played them,” said Lawrence of Marist. “But what they overlooked is how much we improved on offense.”
“It feels great to get that win and get the monkey off our back from last year,” said senior quarterback Joseph Balfour. “It feels good to be back on top.”