Pacers move to 3-0 with another lopsided win
- Matthew Sherman
- Lake Oswego Review - Sports
North Salem did its best to try and slow down Lakeridge's offense on Friday controlling the time of possession in the first half but the Pacers' quick strike attack was too much in a 51-14 victory.
Lakeridge needed fewer than 15 plays from scrimmage to put up 24 first-half points, capitalizing on great field position to take control of the game midway through the second quarter.
Nick Yun returned the opening kick-off to the 24-yard line and Dylan Gaar scored less than a minute into the game on a two-yard run.
North Salem also scored on its first possession, picking up chunks of yards on the ground, culminating with a one-yard touchdown run by Anthony Davis.
The Vikings recorded a Lakeridge fumble and moved into scoring range again but Mark Grothe came up with an interception for the Pacers and returned it to midfield.
Two plays later, Tom Knecht hit Blake Dutton who took the ball 34 yards for the go-ahead score.
Nick Sotta added a 33-yard field goal midway through the second quarter and, a minute and a half later, Dutton took a screen pass 36 yards for another touchdown.
The Pacers would put the game away late in the third quarter. After Yun returned a punt to the 13-yard line, Gaar scored on a two-yard run. The Pacers recovered a fumble on North Salem's next play from scrimmage and, two plays later, Knecht hit Dutton for a 13-yard score, giving Dutton three touchdowns in the game and 11 for the season already.
Corbin Bird would return an interception 73 yards for a touchdown and J.R McLaughlin would add the team's final score on a 12-yard run. North Salem scored with less than a minute to play on a 24-yard pass from Garrett Cole to DaShawn Keebler.
Lakeridge will travel to face Aloha next week and North Salem will host Hood River Valley.