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Lakeridge outpaces Clackamas 34-24

Cavaliers, led by former Lakeridge coach Joe Bushman, fall short

Lakeridge fans and players alike have had this game circled for quite some time.

For the Pacers it marked the first game played against their former coach, Joe Bushman, who left two years ago to take an assistant job at Clackamas. Now Bushman has the reins, and Lakeridge made sure he would remember this showdown.

The Pacers rallied from a 12-point deficit in the first half and rolled to an emotional 34-24 victory at Clackamas on Thursday. After letting the Cavaliers do virtually anything they wanted in the first quarter and a half, Lakeridge shored up its run defense and rode the legs of Zach Young to 28 unanswered points.

Young had 193 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the night as the Lakeridge offensive line made the Pacers difficult to stop. For Clackamas, running back Brad Wagner had 112 rushing yards in the first half but could only muster nine after the break.

Injured receiver Ricky Cookman saw limited action but still pulled in a seven-yard touchdown pass with 3:50 to go in the fourth quarter to cut the score to 28-24 but the Pacers, who were tough to stop on third and fourth down all night, were able to run Young four times for 49 yards and an eventual 30-yard touchdown, on their final possession to seal the victory.

Clackamas plays host to Lake Oswego next week while Lakeridge takes on Putnam.