Lakers emerge in high-flying Battle of the Lake


A showdown between a pair of unbeaten top-five teams went to Lake Oswego on Friday. In front of an enormous crowd, the Lakers' offense reined supreme, toppling rival Lakeridge 55-34 to move to 6-0 on the year.

The game was expected to be a high-scoring affair and, after a comparatively slow start by both offenses, the pace picked up immensely in the second half.

Lake Oswego was in control for most of the game, jumping out to a 13-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs by Steven Long.

Lakeridge responded on its next drive, converting on 4th-and-16 before Tommy Knecht hit Spencer Russell for a 15-yard touchdown.

Lake Oswego then went to its bread and butter, running the ball nine straight times and marching 73 yards before the half to make it 20-6.

The third quarter saw a whirlwind of activity. Lakeridge fumbled on its opening drive and Lake Oswego quickly converted it on Long's fourth touchdown run of the night, this one from 28 yards out.

While the Pacers never closed the gap to less than two scores, they continued to hang around, scoring on their next drive on a one-yard touchdown run by Dylan Gaar.

Lake Oswego answered with another score but Lakeridge responded later in the quarter with a 22-yard pass from Knecht to Blake Dutton.

Long would score again for the Lakers less than a minute later. The Lakers would then come up with an interception and score two plays later on yet another one-yard run from Long, making it 47-20.

On the night, Lake Oswego forced four Lakeridge turnovers. On the ensuing kick-off, Nick Yun returned the ball to the three-yard line, leading to a one-yard touchdown run by Dutton.

But, once again, Lake Oswego responded as Lakeridge had no answer for its running attack. A 71-yard burst by Long set up a three-yard score from J.B. Holmes for the Lakers' final score.

Lakeridge would add one more score on a touchdown from Knecht to Justin Luevano and then recovered an onsides kick but couldn't cut into the deficit any further.

Lake Oswego will take on Clackamas next week while Lakeridge will face 5-1 West Linn.