Lakers win 21-16 in Salem after slow start

Will Darkins racks up 1,125 rushing yards for the season

SALEM - Will Darkins rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns as Lake Oswego held off a pesky West Salem team for a 21-16 nonleague victory Friday night.

With very little riding on the outcome, Lake Oswego came out flat and needed almost a full quarter to get its offense untracked. But Darkins got things going on Lake Oswego's last possession of the quarter when he ran four times for 46 yards, which included a four-yard scoring run for the game's first touchdown.

Thats the way it stayed until the last play of the first half when West Salem's Kyle Farrell kicked a 32-yard field goal to narrow Lake Oswego's lead to 7-3.

West Salem had its only lead of the game when the Titans took the third-quarter kickoff and marched 82 yards in 11 plays. The drive was capped by Chase Sexton's three-yard run, which made it 10-7.

Lake Oswego answered right back, though, with an 11-play, 65-yard drive capped by Duncan White's nine-yard touchdown pass to John Dulong, which put the Lakers up 14-10.

The Lakers got an insurance touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Darkins with a four-yard scoring pass from Jordan Jenkins to Sexton. A failed two-point conversion attempt left the score at 21-16.

Darkins then ran out the remaining time to preserve the victory. He now has 1,125 yards for the season. The Titans were led by Jenkins who was 17-25 for 173 yards.