Lakers pound Clackamas 41-14
- Matthew Sherman
- Lake Oswego Review - Sports
Lake Oswego head coach Steve Coury was worried about how his team would respond after its dramatic and emotional victory over previously No. 1 Jesuit last week. Well, if this was a letdown game for the Lakers, the rest of the state ought to be pretty frightened.
The Lakers scored touchdowns on their first five possessions of the game effectively putting it away by halftime in a 41-14 rout of Clackamas.
Lake Oswego made the most of its first game as the state's No. 1 ranked team. It took two plays to put points on the board with Tyson Coleman taking a shovel pass from Jack Lomax and running 73 yards for a score just over one minute into the game.
Micah Hatfield then picked off a Ben Parsons pass and, three plays later, Lomax found Coleman on the left sideline and he made a spectacular catch for his second touchdown of the night. A failed two-point conversion attempt made the score 12-0.
Clackamas responded with a solid drive keyed by catches from Ben Adler and Matt Nylen. The drive took 15 plays and eventually Trevor Liske got into the end zone on a two-yard run, cutting the lead to 12-6.
But that is as close as the game would get. Lomax hit Will Storey on the next possession on a juggling catch that went for a 60-yard gain. Two plays later, Lomax connected with Nick Rulli for a 10-yard touchdown.
Kasey Closs picked off Parsons on the next Clackamas drive giving the Lakers good field position again but, this time, it appeared the Cavaliers stopped Lake Oswego for a three-and-out. But, on the punt, a personal foul was called against Clackamas and, after a 22-yard catch by Micah Hatfield, Coleman scored on a two-yard run.
Late in the half, Lake Oswego got the ball back and scored in just three plays when Lomax hit Hatfield for a score. Hatfield also caught the two-point conversion, making the score 34-6.
Clackamas moved into scoring range at the end of the half but couldn't cut into the deficit any further.
The Lakers scored once more in the second half as they ran the ball much more frequently. Cole Naone got the team's final touchdown on an 11-yard catch.
Clackamas would score on its next drive when Parsons hit Alex Burns over the middle for a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Lake Oswego (3-0) will take on Lakeridge (0-3) next week while Clackamas (1-2) will travel to Oregon City (1-3).