Finally state champs!
- Matthew Sherman
- Lake Oswego Review - News
Lake Oswego runs away from Sheldon in the second half and cruises to its first football state championship 47-14.
It's been a long time coming but for Lake Oswego players and fans, it's worth the wait. The Lakers outscored Sheldon 30-0 in the second half and rolled to a 47-14 victory at Jeld Wen Field on Saturday afternoon.
It's been a remarkable season and high school career for tailback Steven Long but he may have saved his best for last. The senior rushed for 322 yards and four touchdowns, breaking scoring runs of 50 and 51 yards to blow the game open in the second half.
Lake Oswego got on the board first, marching 95 yards after a Jack Anderson interception, culminating with a three-yard touchdown run by J.B. Holmes.
Sheldon tied the game on its next possession on a four-yard plunge by Connor Strahm as both offenses found their stride in the second quarter.
A fantastic 32-yard catch by Connor Griffin on Lake Oswego's next drive set up a one-yard touchdown from Long and the Irish answered again with an 80-yard drive, ending with another scoring run by Strahm.
Lake Oswego got into scoring range late in the half on a pair of facemask penalties against Sheldon and Harrison Greenberg nailed a 35-yard field goal to give the Lakers a 17-14 lead at the half.
Lake Oswego started the third quarter with the ball and, on the team's third play from scrimmage of the half, Long broke free down the left sideline for a 51-yard score.
Jordan Horak picked off Dillon Miller on Sheldon't next drive as the Laker defense hounded Sheldon all game.
Lake Oswego would take control late in the third quarter on a two-yard touchdown by Long and then forced another Sheldon punt.
After an illegal shift negated a big reception by Stevie Coury, Long broke loose again on a draw, going 50 yards and breaking multiple tackles to put Lake Oswego up 38-14.
The wheels came off for Sheldon on the their next possession as they fumbled a snap that went for a safety.
Lake Oswego scored again on its next drive and took six minutes off the clock, ending with another short touchdown run by Holmes.
Lake Oswego capped an undefeated season and broke a streak of three straight losses in state title games.