Lake Oswego puts another game away quickly heading into the Civil War this Friday

Lake Oswego handled an improving Clackamas squad with ease on Friday, putting another game away in the first half and looked every bit the part of a team on a mission to defend its state title.

The Lakers buried Clackamas 55-21 and received big performances from the offense, defense and the second-string.

The Lakers dominated the first half, putting up 42 points and making it look easy. Lake Oswego's first score came on an eight-yard pass from Justen Ruppe to Romello Washington to get the ball rolling.

Lake Oswego's defense held firm as well, making first downs hard to come by for the Cavaliers.

Two more first-quarter drives ended with touchdown runs by J.B. Holmes and the Lakers led 21-0 after 12 minutes of play.

“We saw what they were trying to do defensively and we were able to mix up our play calling to get some big plays in both the running and passing game,” coach Steve Coury said.

Holmes had one of his better nights of the season, carrying the ball 14 times for 154 yards and a pair of scores. The bulk of his work came in the first half as well.

Lake Oswego picked up where it left off in the second quarter but, instead of steadily moving down the field, the Lakers struck with big plays.

Ruppe first hit Connor Griffin for an 80-yard touchdown and, on the Lakers' next drive, he and Griffin connected for a 59-yard score.

Ruppe only threw 12 passes in the game but completed 10 of them for an extremely efficient 239 yards and three touchdowns.

“Justen's playing exceptionally well right now. He's making all the right reads and not forcing things. He's as good as there is right now he just doesn't have the stats to show it because we're only throwing the ball 10 or 12 times,” Coury said.

Clackamas would break up the shutout later in the quarter. A pair of Lake Oswego penalties gave the Cavaliers good field position and Clackamas took advantage for a touchdown.

But the Lakers would counter late in the half when Ruppe and Griffin connected for the third time in the quarter, this time for a 15-yard score, making it 42-7 at the half.

As has been the case for much of the season, Lake Oswego was able to empty its bench in the second half and get the majority of its roster some meaningful playing time.

Lake Oswego predominantly pounded the ball on the ground in the second half and continued to have success.

The Lakers scored again to open the second half, getting a five-yard touchdown run by Max Morton to pad the lead.

Clackamas left its starters in for the majority of the game and started to move the ball against Lake Oswego's defense.

The Cavaliers picked up the majority of their yardage in the second half against Lake Oswego's back-ups and scored a pair of touchdowns.

However, Lake Oswego chewed up the clock with the running game and sealed the victory when Daniel Dennis broke a 76-yard touchdown run.

“Our sophomore running backs and looking like legit varsity players,” Coury said.

Eight different players carried the ball for Lake Oswego and the team ran for nearly 350 yards.

Lake Oswego has moved up to No. 4 in the current OSAA power rankings and will look to continue its winning streak at home this Friday when it takes on Lakeridge for homecoming.

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