LO football blows past Westview


The Lake Oswego football team is on an early roll heading into a tough stretch of games.

After falling behind early the Lakers scored five unanswered touchdown en route to a dominating 35-3 win over Westview on Friday.

Lake Oswego fumbled the ball on its first play from scrimmage, giving Westview an early break. The Wildcats would get a 44-yard field goal to go up 3-0 as the Lakers fell behind for the second straight game.

"I like that we've been able to fight through a little adversity and that when the kids get down they don't panic. Obviously when we get into league you'd like to eliminate that and not fall behind but the kids will have been there and they stick together," coach Steve Coury said.

The Lakers had two fumbles and were hit by penalties but were still able to put together a dominating performance.

Lake Oswego got on the board in the first quarter on a 12-yard touchdown strike from Alex Matthews to Stevie Coury.

Westview would finish the game with much more time of possession than the Lakers as, for most of the game, Lake Oswego didn't need much time to score.

"We only ran 45 plays on offense but we had some big strikes," Coury said.

One of those strikes came in the second quarter when Matthews hit Coury again for a play that went 70 yards and put the Lakers up 14-3 at the half.

Coury had four catches for 146 yards in the game and three of those catches went for touchdowns.

"Alex and Stevie have a nice combination going right now. We're trying to get him into one-on-one situations and he's making some big plays," coach Coury said.

Stevie Coury also had a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown that was called back on a penalty.

The Lakers started to run away with the game early in the third quarter.

Matthews would take matters into his own hands with a three-yard keeper for a touchdown and, later in the quarter, he hit Coury again for a 34-yard score.

Lake Oswego's defense also did a terrific job containing the Wildcats.

"We're very fast and athletic and the guys who haven't played a lot before are learning on every play. You can make up for so much with that kind of speed," Coury said.

The Lakers put the game away in the fourth quarter. With Westview driving, Jack Anderson came up with his second interception of the year and, thanks to some great blocking, he returned this one 96 yards for the team's final touchdown.

Lake Oswego also had success running the ball in the game with Steven Long picking up 119 yards on 19 carries to give the Lakers a balanced attack.

"Westview's got a really big defensive front and our line did a great job handling them and giving holes for Steven and giving Alex time to throw," Coury said.

Lake Oswego will host Skyline, one of the top teams in Washington, this Friday.

"They're every bit as good as they were last year. They're the caliber of the best teams in Oregon," Coury said.

The Lakers will take on Jesuit the following week.