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Crusaders rally past LO 31-20

Jesuit scores three straight touchdowns to pull away to victory

BEAVERTON - Another week. Another huge test. And another Jesuit victory.

The top-ranked Crusader football team made it 3-for-3 on Friday night when it came from behind to take out No. 6 Lake Oswego 31-20 at Jesuit High School.

'It's great to get into big games with real quality opponents and everyone wants to win,' said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. 'The thing is, our league can compete with every one of the teams we've played.'

Nonetheless, Friday's win marked another notch in the defending state champion Crusaders' gun belt, to go along with their season-opening victory over Mountain View of Washington and their week two win over No. 8 Central Catholic.

'We're learning things. We're making progress,' Potter said.

The Lakers (1-2) took the early lead on Friday, however. They got a 77-yard Will Darkins run in the first quarter to lead 7-0, and after Jesuit answered with a 32-yard Paul Weatheroy run, added a 21-yard Pat Barry field goal to lead 10-7 at the end of the opening period.

And Lake Oswego still led at the half after the two teams traded second-quarter field goals, with Barry hitting from 19 yards to give his team a 13-7 lead and Jesuit's Tyler Cope connecting from 37 yards to make it 13-10 at the half.

'We had some turnovers and some blown assignments, but they got inside the 10(-yard line) twice and came away with field goals,' Potter said.

And in the second half, Jesuit turned it up a notch. The Crusaders moved into the lead at 17-13 on Raphiel Lambert's 15-yard run in the third quarter, and with the Jesuit defense holding Lake Oswego at bay, adding two more Lambert ('He's a quality running back,' Potter said) scoring runs in the fourth to push ahead 31-13. Both of Lambert's final two rushing touchdowns came on 5-yard runs.

'It was a much better second half,' Potter said. 'We just stayed lower and did our assignments better. We just needed to get in sync.'

Lake Oswego's final TD came late in the fourth quarter when Duncan White hit Kyle Lavender for a 5-yard score.

Weatheroy led Jesuit with 149 yards on 26 carries while Lambert finished with 76 yards on 13 attempts. Crusader quarterback Dan Wagner hit on 5-of-12 passes for 124 yards and one interception. For Lake Oswego, Darkins finished with 150 yards on 17 carries and White completed 12-of-25 passes for 244 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions (one each by Michael Lowe and Zane Norris).

On Friday, Jesuit will host Tigard at 7:30 p.m.