Typically, Lake Oswego doesn't need much motivation to get up for a big game. But the Lakers had a little extra incentive this week against previously unbeaten West Linn.
After beating Lakeridge two weeks ago, a West Linn player told a reporter, 'Now, bring on LO!'
'Well, if it's LO you want, we'll give you LO,' Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury told his team several times during the past week in order to get his squad pumped up for one of its biggest games of the year.
So, it was no surprise that Lake Oswego turned in its best effort of the season en route to an easy 42-0 victory over the Lions on Thursday. The game got out of hand early as Lake Oswego scored on its first two possessions - on a five-yard run by Will Darkins and a 10-yard pass from Duncan White to Jon Dulong.
The Lions, meanwhile, were sputtering on offense, picking up just four yards in the first quarter. By late in the second quarter, the game was all but decided. That period featured another touchdown run by Darkins, this time from two yards out, and an 82-yard pass-and-catch play from White to Anthony Culver. That made it 28-0 at halftime.
The Lakers (5-2 overall, 4-0 Three Rivers League) completed the scoring with third-quarter touchdowns by Darkins (from 14 yards out) and a 25-yard interception return by Adam Garside.
After missing last week's game against Oregon City with the flu, Darkins ran 22 times against West Linn for 166 yards and three touchdowns. He now has 722 yards rushing for the season. White also had a good night, completing 7 of 14 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
West Linn (5-1, 3-1) had a tough time getting untracked on offense and managed just 147 total yards for the game. Quarterback Mychal Zito, who played after suffering a severely bruised fibula two weeks ago, completed 11 of 27 passes for 49 yards and he was intercepted four times, including twice by Dulong.