Bulldogs Claim Battle For 3rd 5A Title 21-20
West Albany and Sherwood met to determine which of the two 5A powers would claim a third State Championship before both move up to 6A next season, and it wasn’t even settled in regulation.
After the Bowmen had administered a 48-0 beatdown on the Bulldogs in the second week of the season, not many thought there was much chance it wouldn’t be Sherwood claiming their 3rd title in 4 consecutive 5A title game appearances.
But West Albany, and especially their defense, held onto a minority opinion to the contrary.
After slowing the usually relentless Sherwood offense all night, it ultimately came down to a blocked extra point, and then a “will not be denied” dive by Jake LaCoste, that made the Bulldogs the only 3 time champion in the history of the 5A Classification.
“History (of the program) is a great tool,” West Albany head coach Randy Nyquist said. “About everyone doubted us, but not all of our former Bulldogs, who came to practice all week, and here tonight. They explained what it meant to be a Bulldog, and inspired our current kids.”
Sherwood took over half the first quarter off the clock on the first drive of the game, but elected to gamble on 4th and goal, only to be stuffed by the West Albany defense.
The decision to not take points would prove dubious when there wasn’t another scoring opportunity in the defensive struggle until Keegan Lawrence broke free for 41 of his 53 first half yards for a touchdown run up the middle over 3 minutes into the second quarter.
The Bulldogs immediately answered, with Cody Lahoda hooking up with Andrew Ketelson twice, first for a 43 yard completion to the Sherwood 5 yard line, and again 2 plays later for the 5 yard touchdown that tied the game 7-7.