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What a game!

Lakers best No. 1 Jesuit 36-33 in thrilling fashion
by: Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego's Micah Hatfield raises a victory salute as he enters the endzone after his reception gave the Lakers the win in the closing seconds of Friday's match-up with top ranked Jesuit.

In front of thousands of rabid fans, scores of cameras and a national television audience, the Lake Oswego Lakers staged a dramatic rally to knock off No. 1 Jesuit 36-33 at home on Friday night.

With both student bodies well represented to watch what has quickly become one of the best rivalries in the state, the Lakers came back from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter and then marched 66 yards in just over a minute for the clinching score to top a Crusader team that had looked nearly unbeatable in two previous contests.

The game began with a flurry of highlight reel plays that proved to be just the appetizer for the evening. Jesuit marched down the field efficiently in 10 plays with Anthony Blake eventually scoring from one yard out.

On Lake Oswego's first play from scrimmage, Jack Lomax hit Micah Hatfield for an 84-yard touchdown to knot the score.

Then Blake ran the kick-off back for a touchdown. After the Lakers failed to come away with points from inside the red zone, Jesuit put together another good drive with Dylan Jackson scoring on a three-yard run, giving the Crusaders a 19-7 lead.

Hatfield returned the ensuing kick-off to the five-yard line and Tyson Coleman punched the ball in three plays later.

The score stayed at 19-13 at the half and Jesuit scored first after the break with quarterback Scott Williams getting into the end zone from one yard out. A two-point conversion made it a 14-point game.

The score stayed that way until the fourth quarter when the Lakers methodically moved down the field and scored with 8:15 remaining in the game. Tyson Coleman scored from three yards out for his second touchdown of the day.

Then Colby Reis' low kick-off hit hard off of a Jesuit player and A.J. Frank recovered the ball in what turned out to be an enormous play.

Lomax made good use of the field position and completed six of eight passes including an 11-yard touchdown strike to Will Storey. Then the Lakers opted to go for two to take the lead. Lomax hit Storey again and the Lakers had a 28-27 lead, their first of the game with 4:21 to play.

Jesuit wasn't done, however, and the Crusaders, aided by a 36-yard scrambed by Williams and a personal foul penalty, scored with 1:37 to play on a six-yard run by Keanon Lowe.

Lake Oswego regained possession at its own 34-yard line and Lomax hit Storey and Nick Rulli for back-to-back first downs.

Storey caught another first-down catch and another pass at the seven-yard line as the clock ran down. Lomax then spiked the ball with 20 seconds to play. He then found Hatfield again in the corner of the end zone for the go-ahead score.

Jesuit only had time for one play after getting the ball back and it was stopped for an 11-yard gain, setting off a huge on-field celebration.

The Lakers (2-0) now open league play against a strong Clackamas team. Jesuit (2-1) will play Lincoln.