White, Darkins carry No. 7 Lake Oswego to come-from-behind victory
Lakers beat Cavs 48-34
CLACKAMAS - The unsung Clackamas Cavaliers gave the seventh-ranked Lake Oswego Lakers a run for their money in a high scoring Friday night football game at Clackamas.
The Cavaliers scored three touchdowns in the final six minutes of the first half to build a 27-20 lead by halftime.
But the Lakers regrouped at halftime, rallying around senior quarterback Duncan White and senior running back Will Darkins to pull out a 48-34 victory.
'The key was not getting down at halftime,' said Lake Oswego senior Jon Dulong. 'We knew if we stuck together as a team we could pull it off.'
'We weren't playing with enough aggressiveness in the first half,' said White. 'We fired up at halftime and showed them the team that we can be.'
White hit tight end Kyle Lavender with a 44-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the second half to knot the score at 27-all.
Clackamas' offense tried to answer. But Lake Oswego cornerback Kyle Hayes quieted the Cavalier sidelines when he picked off a pass at the Laker 1-yard line. Five plays later, Darkins found a hole in the left side of the Cavalier line and raced 55 yards to put the Lakers on top 34-27.
Lake Oswego's offense got the ball back in scoring position a short time later when the Laker defense stopped Clackamas on a fourth down play at the Clackamas 34.
White threw a 34-yard scoring strike to Dulong, and the Laker lead was 41-27 with 2:38 yet to play in the third period.
Clackamas rode the legs of senior running back Brad Wagner to a Cavalier score to trim the Laker lead to 41-34.
But White capped off a six-play, 70-yard drive with a six-yard scoring strike to Dulong to make it 48-34 Lake Oswego
The Lakers made one more defensive stand inside their own 30, and the game belonged to Lake Oswego.
Darkins had a big night, rushing 21 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
White completed 12-of-16 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns.
For Clackamas, Wagner carried 20 times for 167 yards and one touchdown. Junior quarterback Ryan Cook completed 16-of-27 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
With the victory, the Lakers (5-0) moved within a game of a successful defense of their Three Rivers League title. After playing West Salem in a nonleague game next Friday, they meet cross-town rival Lakeridge (3-1) in a Nov. 3 contest that will likely determine the league champion.
Clackamas slipped to 1-3 in league with the loss.