Clackamas grid men come up short
Lakeridge rallies around junior running back Zach Young in a 34-24 victory
CLACKAMAS - The Clackamas Cavaliers dropped last Thursday's football game with Lakeridge 34-24, but the Cavaliers started the game like a house afire.
Riding Brad Wagner's legs, the Cavaliers dominated play in the first quarter, advancing the ball for 10 first downs and rolling to a 12-0 lead by early in the second period.
But things began to change, as the Pacers figured out a way to stop Wagner, while their offense fired up behind junior running back Zach Young.
Lakeridge would score the next four touchdowns, and the Cavaliers were fighting an uphill battle the rest of the way.
Still, the Cavaliers remained very much in the game. Wagner scored on a two-yard run and Clackamas quarterback Ryan Cook lofted a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Cookman to narrow the gap to 28-24 with 3:15 remaining.
However a Pacer pounced on the ensuing onsides kick try. Young broke free for a 30-yard sprint to paydirt, and the Pacers had the game in hand.
Young had a tremendous night, carrying 28 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
Wagner carried 23 times for 118 yards, but he picked up only seven yards after the halftime break.
Lakeridge quarterback Robbie Kool was held to just 7-of-19 in the air. But the Pacer junior connected when it counted, throwing scoring strikes of 19 yards to Jeff Hutchens and 26 yards to Taylor Young. Kool also hurt the Cavaliers with his running game, netting 58 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
For Clackamas, Ryan Cook completed 9-of-17 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown. Kylle Walkoski hauled in five passes for 136 yards, but the Pacers kept the 5-11, 160-pound junior out of the end zone.
Cookman, one of the state's top receivers, returned to action after being sidelined for three weeks with a collarbone injury. But the 6-0, 180-pound all-league receiver played only sparingly.
Lakeridge earned a 354- to 313-yard edge in total offense on the night.
The win put the Pacers at 2-1 on the league season (4-2 overall) heading into this Friday's home game with Putnam (4-2, 1-2).
Clackamas (3-3, 1-2) faces another stiff test this Friday, when the Cavaliers entertain Lake Oswego (5-2, 4-0). The ninth-ranked Lakers humbled eighth-ranked West Linn 42-0 last week, dealing the Lions their first loss of the season.