Lakers steamroll Juneau-Douglas to kick off the season
- Matthew Sherman
- Lake Oswego Review - Sports
Lake Oswego had no idea what to expect from Alaska's defending state champions from Juneau-Douglas. Turns out it didn't matter. The Lakers dominated the Crimson Bears, taking a 35-3 lead at the half and letting the reserves get valuable playing time the rest of the way in a 35-10 rout.
Juneau-Douglas threw an unorthodox offense at Lake Oswego, often lining up with no wide receivers. Instead, the Crimson Bears relied on a variety of misdirection hand-offs and quarterback keepers.
But the Lakers weren't fooled by any of it. Lake Oswego was stopped on fourth down during its opening drive and then forced the Crimson Bears to punt.
On the first play of its second possession, Lake Oswego's Jack Lomax hit Micah Hatfield along the sideline for an 82-yard touchdown pass. And, on their next possession, the Lakers only needed one play once again. This time Lomax hit Nick Rulli for a 52-yard strike.
Early in the second quarter, Lake Oswego regained possession and Tyson Coleman handled most of the load, carrying the ball four times and eventually scoring from one yard out.
Trailing 21-0, Juneau Douglas finally threw its first pass of the game but it was picked off by Cole Naone. One play later, Lomax reward Naone by throwing him a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Lomax was brilliant, throwing just two incompletions in the game and completing 11 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns in two quarters of work.
The Lakers picked off the Crimson Bears' second pass attempt as well as Brian Zinsmeister came down with a tipped ball.
The Lakers finished their offensive onslaught when Lomax hit Rulli for a nine-yard score, making it 35-0.
Juneau Douglas moved the ball down the field with just over a minute to play in the half, picking up three of its five first downs in the half on the possession. Joe Slagle knocked in a 24-yard field goal to break up the shut out before halftime.
The Lakers cleared the bench in the second half but still managed to thwart Juneau-Douglas. The only other score of the game came when back-up quarterback Coleton Petrie had the ball knocked out of his hand in the end zone and the Crimson Bears' Sam Nauer recovered it. Juneau-Douglas then recovered an onside kick but failed to score.
The Lakers (1-0) host Jesuit (2-0) next week in a nationally televised game.