LOs postseason journey starts with a laugher

by: VERN UYETAKE  Jasper Yidrim sprints downfield after recording an interception in Lake Oswego’s blowout opening-round victory on Friday.

It's tough to be too disappointed following a 68-13 victory that wasn't even nearly as close as the final score would indicate.

But Lake Oswego football coach Steve Coury left the field last Friday after his team's trouncing of Reynolds knowing that, in a game like that, it's very difficult for your team to gain much.

"It's really unfortunate. Our starters only played for a little more than a quarter. There were some things we wanted to work on like a practice and we couldn't even do that," Coury said.

Lake Oswego dismantled the Raiders in a manner of minutes, putting up big play after big play.

The Lakers were up 35-0 six minutes into the contest and 42-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Steven Long got the festivities started for the Lakers, breaking a 52-yard run.

Reynolds had no answer for Lake Oswego's strength up front or its speed at the skill positions.

After a stop on defense, Alex Matthews quickly hit Stevie Coury for a play that went for 66 yards and a score.

Lake Oswego quickly put an end to Reynolds' next drive and Long punched in his second score of the day from two yards out.

Then it was the defense's turn to get into the action. The Raiders were able to drive into Lake Oswego territory but then fumbled the ball to the Lakers.

Jack Anderson has been no stranger to the end zone this year, returning interceptions for scores with regularity. This time he scooped up the loose ball and went 84 yards for the score.

On Lake Oswego's next possession, Long broke another 52-yard run. To that point, the Lakers had posted five touchdowns while running less than 10 offensive plays.

The run also capped Long's night which consisted of just five carries for 109 yards and three scores.

Later in the quarter, J.B. Holmes would tack on a five-yard scoring run to make it 42-0 with three quarters still to play.

Lake Oswego would rack up 411 yards on the ground between 10 different ball carries and attempted just five passes between three quarterbacks.

Reynolds would break up the shutout early in the second quarter with a 37-yard touchdown pass.

Lake Oswego answered with Holmes' second score of the day, this time from 17 yards out.

Holmes was one of five different Lakers to rack up more than 50 yards rushing for the game.

Josiah Krauthamer's 10-yard scoring run made it 56-7 at the half.

Coury was able to clear the bench for the entirety of the second half getting his seniors and JV players significant playing time.

Reynolds scored the first touchdown of the second half with a three-yard run but the extra point attempt was blocked.

Lake Oswego couldn't help but keep moving the ball against the undersized Reynolds defense.

Trenten Bilodeaux got into the action with a one-yard burst early in the fourth quarter and Wade Mathison would cap the scoring with the team's longest play of the night, an exciting 74-yard scoring run.

"The one nice thing is that we were able to get the ball to some of our seniors and to have them score touchdowns was fun for them," Coury said.

Lake Oswego will experience a drastic jump in competition this Friday when it takes on perennial powerhouse West Salem at home.

The Titans are big and athletic and playing some of their better football of the year, coming off a 42-28 win over Barlow last week.

"It's a good, good program. They have a quarterback who's a great athlete. It's going to be a real challenge," Coury said.