Lakers shut out Lions, clinch Three Rivers League


Lake Oswego clinched yet another Three Rivers League football title on Friday, putting together perhaps its most complete game of the season in a 28-0 win over West Linn.

The Lakers were dominant on defense, slowing down the Lions' hard-nosed running attack and picking off West Linn twice when it was forced to throw.

Lake Oswego took control early, forcing a three-and-out and then going 42 yards, capped off with a 16-yard touchdown run by Steven Long.

West Linn had a pair of chances in the first quarter, getting 35-yard catch by Jarrod Howard to move into Laker territory and recovering a muffed punt but, on both drives, Lake Oswego's defense rose to the challenge, forcing a punt and a long field goal attempt that missed wide.

West Linn's defense was also effective at containing Lake Oswego's high-scoring attack. But Lake Oswego mounted another drive late in the second quarter, eventually getting a seven-yard touchdown pass from Alex Matthews to Connor Griffin to make it 14-0 at the break.

Lake Oswego put the clamps on early in the third quarter, scoring on the opening drive of the half. A 43-yard catch by Stevie Coury set up a one-yard touchdown run from Long.

One minute later, Zach Walen picked off Logan Ems and returned the ball for a touchdown.

The Lakers hounded West Linn quarterbacks Ems and Andy Kallien all evening and never gave the Lions an opportunity to get back in the game.

The second-ranked Lakers play Oregon City next week while the Lions play Clackamas.