The Civil War
Lakers top Pacers, stay undefeated
The victory for Lakeridge last Friday came simply from the fact that it was able to play in the Civil War game. The Pacers, already dealing with an exceptionally thin squad had a handful of players come down with staph infections last week causing some to wonder if enough players would be cleared to play in time for the game.
Fortunately for Lakeridge, the players recovered and were given approval to play by doctors in time for Friday night's contest.
'It was little worrisome early in the week but we got things taken care of. We didn't know if we'd even play this game four weeks ago. It's an honor to play against these guys in this kind of atmosphere,' Lakeridge coach Ian Lamont said.
For Lake Oswego, the victory came on the field. The Lakers, ranked No. 1 in the state, put together a methodical 47-0 victory and coach Steve Coury found playing time for every eligible player on the roster.
As a result, 11 players were credited with carries, eight different players made catches and three players saw time at quarterback.
'Right now we're playing pretty well. Lakeridge is struggling a bit but it's too good of a program to be down for long,' Coury said.
A huge crowd turned out for the game that included packed and boisterous student sections on both sides.
Lake Oswego started the game with the ball and, for the first time all year, it took more than two plays to score. Instead, it took six.
Tyson Coleman had a pair of 20-yard runs and Jack Lomax added a 22-yard scramble to put the Lakers in scoring position.
Then Lomax hit Cole Naone for a three-yard score.
A fumbled snap ended Lakeridge's first possession but the Pacers rebounded quickly.
Lomax looked to capitalize quickly on the turnover and heaved a pass toward the back of the end zone.
Lakeridge's Chase Wippert came down with it for an interception. It was the first time that Lomax had been picked off this season.
'The kids are motivated. They'll run through a wall if you ask them to. We just don't have the depth and we get tired,' Lamont said.
The Pacers moved to midfield on their next drive, aided by a roughing the punter penalty but ultimately had to punt.
Lakeridge then forced Lake Oswego into a three-and-out as the secondary didn't make things easy on Lomax in the early going.
But the Pacers couldn't keep the momentum going on offense.
When Lake Oswego took over again, it mounted a long scoring drive bolstered mainly by its running game.
Coleman and Whit Bissett shared the load and each took turns chewing up yardage. Eventually Coleman punched the ball in from one yard out early in the second quarter.
Lakeridge again moved the ball to midfield on its next drive with Wippert busting a 12-yard run for a first down. Wippert was a bright spot for the Pacers all evening. He ran for 71 yards and was the team's leading receiver as well.
But, after a punt, Lake Oswego moved the ball well again. Micah Hatfield, Brad Halberg and Nick Rulli all came up with catches for first downs before Hatfield caught a 15-yard touchdown from Lomax, making it 21-0.
'It's always a big game against Lakeridge. We started off slow but we were able to pick it up,' Rulli said.
The Lakers would score once more just before the half after taking over in Lakeridge territory.
Kasey Closs made an 18-yard catch to move his team to the two-yard line and then, after a good goal line stand by the Pacers, Lomax found A.J. Frank from one-yard out with 46 seconds to play in the half.
The second half began with Rulli intercepting a long pass for Lake Oswego.
The Lakers would score six plays later when Lomax connected with Naone again, this time from 19 yards out on what would be his final pass of the evening.
The senior now has 16 touchdown passes in four games this season and just one interception
Lakeridge had a few highlights on offense in the second half with some more solid running by Wippert and a terrific juggling catch by Phil Rogers.
Lake Oswego continued to run the ball predominantly. Brock Pellow scored early in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run and, on the team's next possession, wide receiver Tom Belesiu took a hand-off and ran down the sideline into the end zone for a 28-yard score.
'It was great to get all of those kids into the game. Any time you can do that it's a bonus,' Coury said.
Lake Oswego takes on Putnam next week while Lakeridge will battle Clackamas.