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Lakeridge passes its way to victory over Centennial

Kool and Young power Pacer win
by: vern Uyetake, Lakeridge's Zach Young breaks free for a 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Pacers a 13-0 lead over the Centennial Eagles at Lake Oswego Friday night.

LAKE OSWEGO - Centennial simply had no answer for the Lakeridge passing combo of Robbie Kool and Taylor Young.

Kool, the Lakeridge quarterback completed 13 of 21 passes for 356 yards. He also threw for three touchdowns, all of them to Young, who finished with 10 receptions for 279 yards as Lakeridge rolled to an easy 42-24 victory Friday night at Lake Oswego School District Stadium.

The Pacers (2-0) were almost unstoppable as they scored on their first four possessions to take a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter. That stretch included two touchdown runs by Kool, one by running back Zach Young, Taylor's younger brother, and a 81-yard catch and run by Taylor Young.

The visiting Eagles (0-2 helped Lakeridge's cause by fumbling away the first possession of the game. Three plays later, Kool kept the ball on an option play around right end and ran 28 yards untouched to the end zone. Centennial came back with a five-minute drive but it failed to produce any points, and the Pacers needed only seven plays to push their lead to 14-0 on Zach Young's 13-yard scoring run.

After a three-and-out series by the Eagles, Lakeridge was back in business again and this time the Pacers needed only one play to score. It came on a broken play when Kool was flushed from the pocket. He then found Taylor Young cutting across the field and hit him with a short pass that Young turned into an 81-yard scoring jaunt.

Centennial then fumbled the ball away on its next possession, and three plays later the Pacers were in the end zone again, this time on a 4-yard run by Kool, which made the score 28-0 early in the second quarter. The Eagles got their first score a short time later on a 16-yard run by Eddie Burton.

Then, after Lakeridge fumbled away a backward lateral, Centennial struck again on Garrett Thornton's 5-yard run, which cut the deficit to 28-14 midway through the second stanza. But the Kool-Taylor Young connection answered just before the half with a 12-yard scoring play that put Lakeridge ahead 35-14.

There was still enough time left in the first half, though, for Centennial to put together a mini drive that ended with Kevin Miller's 35-yard field goal, which made it 35-17, as the half expired.

Kool and Taylor Young struck again on Lakeridge's first possession of the third quarter - this time on a 35-yard catch and run play that made the score 42-17. By then, Lakeridge had already amassed most of its 435 yards in total offense. The Pacers then opted to work on their inside running game for most of the remainder of the game, and Centennial snuffed most of those attempts.

The only other score came late in the contest when Centennial's Ryan Mosqueda scored on a 2-yard run.

Centennial finished the game with 334 total yards, most of the coming on the ground. Kyle Wirkuty led the way with 69 yards on nine carries. Burton added 51 yards on seven attempts.