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Sunset mounts comeback but cant close against Lake Oswego

Sunset High spotted Lake Oswego High 14 points and could never pull even.

After allowing the Lakers to take control of the game, the Apollos matched them blow for blow, but it was never enough as Sunset lost 35-28 in the Oregon Schools and Activities Association Class 6A playoff game.

“Lake Oswego is a pretty good football team,” Sunset coach Faustin Riley said. “I’m proud of the kids. We got behind early and we worked our (butts) off trying to get out of the whole we dug ourselves and we (darn) near did it a couple of times. That’s all you can ask.

“We had a chance. It’s a matter of who played cleaner? They did. Who made more plays? In the end, they did. We had some dropped balls and some plays that would’ve made a big difference. It’s a close game. In the end we got out-executed. But, we didn’t get out-worked and we didn’t get out-hit and we didn’t get out-efforted. The kids battled. In the end, that’s all you can really ask for.”

With Lake Oswego leading 35-21 in the fourth quarter, Sunset quarterback Willy Pflug connected with Kasey Porter for a 28-yard touchdown that made the score 35-28 with 3:24 remaining.

The Apollos tried an onside kick, but they were unable to recover. Lake Oswego tried to keep the ball on the ground and run out the clock, but the Apollos defense held firm and forced an L.O. punt.

Sunset drove down to the Lake Oswego 43-yard-line with over a minute left to play. On second down and four, though, Pflug tried to force a ball to his deep receiver and was picked off to end the game.

“I forced it,” Pflug said. “I got greedy and tried to make too much happen. All we needed was a first down on second and four. I could’ve just thrown a hitch.”

Pflug finished the night with two touchdown passes on the night, the other one coming in the second quarter on a 72-yard bomb to Jeff Bieber that made the score 13-21 with 4:32 remaining in the first half.

“Our receivers were getting open,” Pflug said. “I had a lot of time to throw and our receivers made plays.”

Running back Caden Carter made the score 14-7 with 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Sunset’s only other touchdown came in the third quarter. The Apollos moved the ball to the 2-yard-line after Bieber made an unbelievable sideline catch on a 37-yard-line. Running back Charles Wenzel then took a run up the middle into the end zone, making the score 28-19.

“Jeff was amazing getting us down there,” Wenzel said. “And then I just used my size and my advantage and pounded it in.”

After the Apollos scored the touchdown, they went for the 2-point conversion. Pflug handed the ball off to Wenzel who dropped back and threw the ball to Pflug in the end zone, making the score 28-21.

Lake Oswego moved on to play Jesuit High in the second round of the playoffs. Sunset finished the season 6-3.

“The season turned out better than anyone anticipated,” Pflug said. “I’m so proud of the team. We came a long way from Week 1. And that’s all you can really do as a program.”

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