WEST LINN - As the clock wound down on West Linn's 20-0 victory over Rex Putnam on Friday, the home crowd for the Lions' Homecoming game began chanting "We want L.O.!"
And that's just what they will get next Thursday. But until then, West Linn turned in a stellar defensive effort to remain undefeated 5-0 (3-0 in league), setting up the biggest game between the two rivals in years.
West Linn's Kyle Quinn scored his first of two touchdowns on the night to cap the Lions' opening drive. Then, after Putnam drove the length of the field, West Linn stopped the Kingsmen at the six-yard line and forced a field goal attempt that was blocked by Brad Rose and returned 79 yards for a touchdown by Zach White.
That was as close as Putnam would get to the end zone for the remainder of the contest. Sophomore quarterback Bryce Baker, playing in place of injured Mychal Zito was solid for West Linn, completing 10 of 19 passes for 104 yards. Quinn had 123 yards on 25 carries and a pair of touchdowns while Putnam standout Jevonte Mayes ran for 91 yards on 19 carries and had five catches for 47 yards.