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LO football team dispatches Putnam

It was business as usual for Lake Oswego last Friday. Heading into what will likely be its last real test before the playoffs, the Lakers made quick work of Putnam. After giving up the game's first three points, Lake Oswego rattled off 44 straight to roll over the Kingsmen.

Had you simply been driving down Country Club Road and seen the scoreboard at the end of the first quarter, you may have been in for a big surprise. It read 3-0 in favor of the visitors.

But, despite trailing, the Lakers weren't exactly playing poor football.

Putnam caught Lake Oswego off guard on a big running play to get into field goal range and came up with a stop on defense to hold the Lakers' high-powered offense down for 12 minutes.

'They ran a trap and we overpursued but after that we settled down. To hold them to three points is great,' coach Steve Coury said.

But that's as long as they would be kept quiet.

Shortly into the second quarter the floodgates opened. Lake Oswego got on the board on a three-yard run by Tyson Coleman.

Coleman had only nine carries in the game but he made good use of them, averaging over seven yards per touch.

Shortly thereafter, Lomax found Will Storey for a 22-yard touchdown.

Storey proved to be Lomax's favorite target all evening. For the game, Storey had seven catches for 110 yards and came down with all three of the quarterback's touchdown passes.

Coleman scored his second touchdown of the day midway through the third quarter upping the lead to 21-3.

Then, for good measure, Lake Oswego all but put the game away before halftime when Lomax connected with Storey for the pair's second touchdown pass, this time from 19 yards out.

Despite the wet conditions, Lomax wasn't fazed, completing 17 of 24 attempts for 258 yards.

'Jack did a great job. We dropped a few balls we'd normally catch but overall we threw the ball very well,' Coury said.

The Laker's defense was stellar. After Putnam got on the board early, the Kingsmen were virtually shut out for the remainder of the game.

Lake Oswego only yielded eight first downs in the entire game, gave up just over 100 yards on the ground and only 66 yards through the air.

'They didn't get much going. They tried to do a lot of running sideways and we're generally pretty good at defending that,' Coury said.

Plus Nick Rulli came up with another interception, further establishing himself as one of the league's premier defensive backs.

Lake Oswego continued to build on its lead after halftime. Colby Reis booted a 32-yard field goal early in the third quarter and Lomax capped another strong day with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Storey before Coury cleared the bench again.

Whit Bissett scored the team's final touchdown of the game on a two-yard run.

Lake Oswego got some solid performances from its reserves as well. Iain Dexter made the most of his two carries, picking up 27 yards on the ground while back-up quarterback Coleton Petrie completed all three of his passes for 45 yards.

'We just need the kids to keep getting better and to concentrate on what we're doing. No matter who we're playing the mindset doesn't change,' Coury said.

Up next for the Lakers is a road game against West Linn. The Lions are currently 2-0 in league and are coming off their biggest win of the year, a 21-2 victory over Oregon City last Friday.

West Linn struggled slightly in the preseason, going 1-3 but played well against strong teams from Southridge and Lincoln. The Lions also lost starting quarterback Bryce Baker to a broken arm but back-up Logan Krellwitz has been filling in admirably.

'They're a good team. They run around and cause turnovers on defense so we have to be careful with the ball. It's a big game and it's nice to have one of those,' Coury said.

The game will be at West Linn tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m.