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Long shines in Lake Oswego debut

by: VERN UYETAKE Steven Long rushed for more than 100 yards and had four touchdowns in Lake Oswego's victory over Central Catholic on Friday.

In his first game for Lake Oswego, running back Steven Long scored four touchdowns to lead an impressive offensive attack by the Lakers in a 49-28 win over Central Catholic.

Long, a transfer from Sherwood this year, capped a solid night with a 49-yard scamper for the team's final touchdown. He ended with 111 yards rushing on the night.

Lake Oswego cruised to victory in the second half, taking advantage of a bevy of mistakes by the Rams. Penalties and turnovers plagued Central Catholic. Two botched snaps on punt attempts led to a pair of Laker touchdowns, one of which was recovered by Mitch Lomax for a score.

Central Catholic got on the board first, scoring on its opening drive with a two-yard keeper by quarterback Ben Cook.

Lake Oswego would tie the game on Long's first touchdown late in the first quarter. Just two minute later, quarterback Alex Matthews hit Stevie Coury for a 55-yard touchdown strike. The Lakers went up 21-7 before the Rams scored with just 35 seconds left in the half when Cook hit Demison Hayward for a 32-yard touchdown to cut the lead to seven points at the half.

It was a sloppy second half for both teams with the Lakers pulling away in the fourth quarter.