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Pioneers no match for ninth-ranked Lakers

OREGON CITY - The Oregon City Pioneers learned Friday that they still have plenty of work to do, as they got blown out by ninth-ranked Lake Oswego 35-7 in a football game that was nowhere near that close.

The Pioneers had only 119 yards of offense on the night and 73 yards came on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Cory Misley made when the game was already decided.

The Lakers so dominated the play that Oregon City ran only three plays from scrimmage in the first quarter and only 10 plays in the first half. Lake Oswego had a 218- to 14-yard advantage in offense for the first half, as the Lakers rolled to a 21-0 first-half advantage and never looked back.

The Lakers (4-2, 3-0) ran 60 plays for over 400 yards in offense on the night.

Sam Buckingham, a junior filling in for Laker offensive leader Will Darkins, had a stellar varsity debut. The 6-foot, 200-pound running back was a workhorse, carrying 31 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Darkins sat out the game while recuperating from an illness.

Lake Oswego quarterback Duncan White was in form, hitting receivers on 13-of-18 attempted passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Brent Robinson had four receptions for 106 yards.

Quarterback Jake Nelson was Oregon City's offensive leader, picking up 25 yards on eight rushes and completing 3-of-12 passes for 81 yards, including the 73-yard scoring strike to Misley.

With the loss, the Pioneers (0-6, 0-3) remained winless on the 2006 season.

Oregon City returns to action this Thursday, when the Pioneers square off with a winless team from Milwaukie (0-5, 0-2) on the road.