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Long night for Skyline

The Laker runningback tallies the fifth most rushing yards in Oregon history in a single game, torching Skyline for 424 yards and seven touchdowns in his team's 56-46 win.
by: VERN UYETAKE Steven Long broke all kinds of records in a shootout with Skyline last Friday. The Sherwood transfer shattered school records for yardage and touchdowns in a single game and his 424 yards are among the best in Oregon history. Lake Oswego needed nearly every one of them to hold off a high-powered Skyline team.

By MATTHEW SHERMAN

Sports Editor

Lake Oswego High School played host to what might go down as the most entertaining prep football game of the year last Friday.

The Lakers outlasted Skyline 56-46 in an offensive showcase that saw school records fall for both teams.

Most notably, in just his third game for the Lakers, running back Steven Long shattered the school's single-game rushing record, going for 424 yards and seven touchdowns on 27 carries.

The yardage total is believed to be the fifth most ever recorded in Oregon 11-man high school football history. The touchdown mark also ties Long for third in Oregon history.

It was a remarkable game but also a nightmare for both defenses to try and defend.

Skyline quarterback Max Browne also broke his school's passing record, throwing for 442 yards.

"It was just an unbelievable game. The real credible thing about Steven's performance was who he did it against. You don't usually get a chance to do what he did because the score gets out of hand but they matched us," coach Steve Coury said.

For a while it looked like Lake Oswego was going to turn the game into a laugher against one of Washington's premiere teams.

Long broke a 36-yard touchdown run to start the scoring and Skyline took some time to find its stride, making some early mistakes.

Quarterback Alex Matthews scored on a four-yard keeper to make it 14-0 and, just a few minutes later in the quarter, Long broke through the line again for a 71-yard scoring burst.

"He's got some good guys in front of him and he's so good at making people miss. If you don't get him the first time you're going to have problems," Coury said.

Linemen Turner Young, Kyle Peterson, Austin Faunce, Arthur Drake and Noah Peterson were all exceptional, opening holes and leading the way for Long all night.

But Skyline found its groove late in the first quarter and controlled the remainder of the half.

Skyline scored on three straight possessions, cutting the lead to 21-17 before Long stopped the bleeding with a 48-yard touchdown run.

Although the Lakers dominated the game on the ground, they were also effective with the pass.

Matthews was very efficient, going 10 for 13 for 158 yards.

"We can throw the ball which makes us hard to defend. You have to pick your poison and I think (Skyline) got caught in between for a while," Coury said.

Skyline would score again late in the half to make it a 28-24 game at the break.

But Lake Oswego opened the third quarter right where it left off. Long broke his biggest run of the night, taking a handoff 75 yards for another score.

Skyline answered again in what became a seesaw affair.

"It was one of those games where you figured whoever had the ball last was going to win," Coury said.

Long broke his third run for more than 70 yards late in the third quarter, giving the Lakers a 42-32 lead before Skyline finally blinked.

Jack Anderson made a terrific defensive play and recorded an interception in his third straight game.

Lake Oswego took advantage, moving down the field with Long capping the drive on a one-yard plunge.

"It was going to come down to who made that one mistake and Jack made a great play that gave us a little breathing room.

Long would tack on another three-yard score for his seventh of the game and Skyline did its best to keep pace, led by a brilliant showing from Browne.

"He's the best high school quarterback I've ever seen. My dad was at the game and he's been around longer than me and he said the same thing," Coury said.

The win moves the Lakers to 3-0 with another big non-league test looming.

Lake Oswego travels to Jesuit on Friday for a rivalry game that will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Jesuit is 2-1 this year with wins over Canby and Central Catholic and a loss to Sheldon.