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Lakers bury Centennial with Central Catholic looming

LO is stingy up front and a balanced offensive attack puts the game away early


Lake Oswego's football time has picked up right where it left off from its state championship season. The Lakers put together another dominant performance on Friday, burying Centennial 48-7 as they eye their biggest test of the year so far on Friday.

There wasn't much that went wrong for the Lakers in their home opener. Against a unique veer-option offense, the defensive line held firm and allowed just 100 yards on the ground.

“You have to be very disciplined against that offense and keep your assignments and our linemen and linebackers did that,” coach Steve Coury said.

Offensively, Lake Oswego was balanced and extremely difficult to stop.

The Lakers ran for 150 yards and threw for 300 more, putting the game away early. The special teams unit also had a big night, blocking a field goal which Neil Wagner returned 75 yards for a big early touchdown.

Lake Oswego opened the evening with a stop on defense and quickly went to work, getting on the board first on a 38-yard touchdown run by J.B. Holmes.

Centennial made a concerted effort to stop the Lake Oswego run game and the Lakers obliged by turning to the pass.

Justen Ruppe had another terrific game, completing seven of eight passes for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“I think it's a lot like last year where we're very balanced,” Coury said.

The Lakers had a penchant for big plays in the game as Centennial didn't have much of an answer for Lake Oswego's tall and fast receivers.

Ruppe hit Romello Washington over the middle for an 80-yard touchdown to put the team up 14-0. Holmes would add another touchdown before the Eagles got on the board with their lone score of the evening.

But the Lakers had an answer before the half. Ruppe connected with tight end Mitch Lomax for a 44-yard touchdown to make it 35-7 at the break.

“I think our receiving corps is really one of our big strengths this year,” Coury said.

Lake Oswego was able to clear the bench again and continued to have success in the second half.

Harrison Ramey also had a nice game in his series' at quarterback, completing six of seven passes for 92 yards.

Spencer Anderson added a rushing touchdown in the third quarter and Garrett Biernat added the final tally on a one-yard plunge.

Lake Oswego will now gear up for Central Catholic at home on Friday. The Rams are considered to be one of the top teams in the state and are coming off a tough loss to Sheldon.

“They've played two very strong teams and could very well be 2-0. Our guys are looking forward to a really good challenge,” Coury said.