Another strong defensive effort from the Lakeridge football team wasn't enough against a large and aggressive Crater squad last week.
The Pacers only trailed 9-0 at the half and found themselves in the game for the majority of the contest but eventually ran out of gas again in a 23-0 defeat.
Lakeridge welcomed starting quarterback Ben Swinford who missed the team's first game while still recovering from a back injury. But Swinford was seeing his first varsity action against a formidable defense.
'We were so glad to have him back that it was easy to forget that he's never played a varsity game. But he's a good athlete and mobile in the pocket. He's going to be a great quarterback,' coach Ian Lamont said.
Much like the team's first game against Sunset, points were at a premium early on.
Crater mounted an early drive into the red zone but Lakeridge held firm and forced the Comets into a 35-yard field goal attempt that Christian Massey knocked through the uprights.
The Pacers sputtered a bit on offense but did managed to put themselves in scoring range a few times.
'We moved the ball but then we're shoot ourselves in the foot a bit,' Lamont said.
Lakeridge gave up the game's first touchdown when Jacob Ziegler scored on a 14-yard pass from Josh Lokeno. A failed conversion attempt made it 9-0 at the half.
'We told the guys that we weren't in bad shape to only be down by nine when we really weren't playing well,' Lamont said.
Crater controlled the clock and doubled Lakeridge's yardage for the game as the Pacers hurt themselves with missed tackles. The Comets forced three turnovers as well.
Crater scored a back-breaking touchdown in the third quarter on a 75-yard dash by Kenny Fahndrich for the longest play of the game. Fahndrich would also score in the fourth quarter on a four-yard run for the game's final points.
It was a tough night for a team that is both small in numbers and inexperienced but Lamont said the players are still in good spirits.
'We were happy with the trip overall. We went to Crater Lake on Saturday which is something the kids will remember for a long time,' the coach said.
Lakeridge played without center and linebacker Zac Campbell who is expected to return this week. But receiver and linebacker Bret Roberts will miss the next game after sustaining a concussion.
'We can handle about one injury per game but not much more than that,' Lamont said.
For the game Swinford completed seven of 19 passes for 46 yards. James Taylor had 48 yards on 11 carries and seven receivers made catches.
Lakeridge now gears up for its first league game against Oregon City.
The Pioneers beat the Pacers last year and ended up making the playoffs. Oregon City is currenlty 0-3 albeit against three strong opponents.
'They're a strong and fast team but I think if we play a good game we can beat them. We've had two really good practices and we've told the guys that the time for talk is done,' Lamont said.
The game will be at 7 p.m. at the District Stadium.
Pacers: 0 0 0 0: 0
Comet 3 6 7 7: 23
CR: Christan Massey; 35-yd. FG.
CR: Jacob Ziegler; 14-yd. pass from Josh Lokeno; run failed.
CR: Kenny Fahndrich; 75-yd. run; Massey kick.
CR: Fandrich; 4-yd. run.
LR: Taylor 11-48, Wippert 2-15, Swinford 9-26, Kloucek 1-0, Young 1-3, Tavarres 1-6, Luevano 1- -5, Nakashima, 1- -4.
CR: Fahndrich 20-139, Lokeno 7-18, Massey 3-27, Lee 1-18, Ziegler 1-6.
LR: Swinford 7-19, 46 yds., 2 INTs, 0 TDs, Nakashima 1-2, 8 yds., Wippert 1-1, 40 yds., Young 1-1, 5 yds..
CR: Lokeno 16-25, 179 yds., 1 INT, 1 TD.
LR: Chesney 1-11, Wippert 2-8, Kloucek 2-4, Roberts 1-11, Young 1-40, Luevano 2-17, Taylor 1-8.
CR: Dalton 2-27, Fahndrich 3-53, Lee 2-10, Quigley 3-39, Staten 1-0, Kosmatka 1-10, Ziegler 2-20, Mobley 2-20.
First Downs: 14 17
Rushes: 27 32
Rush yards: 87 206
Pass attempts: 23 25
Completions: 10 16
Pass yards: 99 179
Total yards: 186 385
Fumbles/Lost: 3/1 2/1
Penalties/Yds: 7/52 9/97
Punts/Yards: 3/72 1/32
Punt return yds: 0/0 1/32
Kickoff return: 5/64 1/17
3rd Down Conv: 3-11 4-10
Time of Poss: 23:47 24:13
What: Lakeridge Pacers vs. Oregon City Pioneers
Who: Oregon City is 0-3 with losses to Beaverton, Canby and Grants Pass.
When: Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.
Where: Lake Oswego District Stadium on the campus of Lake Oswego High School.