Pacers fall to fired up team from Clackamas
Things haven't exactly gone Clackamas's way so far this football season. The Cavaliers have had lopsided losses to Jesuit and Lake Oswego this year and were coming off one of their worst defeats in recent memory, a 30-8 pounding at the hands of Oregon City that left them 0-2 in league.
And, last Friday, Clackamas took out some of that aggression on a struggling Lakeridge team.
'They're a better team than what they've shown,' coach Ian Lamont said.
The Cavaliers put up 42 points in the first half against the Pacers and then played keep-away en route to a 42-0 shut out.
Clackamas put the game away early, scoring three touchdowns in the first and second quarter.
The Cavaliers scored in the first five minutes on a quarterback sneak by Ben Parsons and then upped the lead four minutes later on a four-yard run by Trevor Liske.
'In our other games, we've come out pretty well in the first half but they took it to us,' Lamont said.
Clackamas ran the ball well all evening, racking up 292 net yards on the ground. Ten different players took hand-offs for the Cavaliers.
Lakeridge did receive a boost with the return of Marcel Thibodeaux who played in his first game after coming back from an elbow injury.
Thibodeaux picked up 17 yards on four carries and also caught a pass for 18 yards.
Lamont expects him to be a big part of the team's offense in the future.
'He's still favoring the elbow a bit which is understandable but he's a tremendous athlete,' the coach said.
The Cavaliers didn't need to throw the ball much in the game and really had only one big passing play in the contest, a 49-yard touchdown toss from Parsons to Matt Nylen at the end of the first quarter.
The Pacers didn't help themselves out much either, turning the ball over four times in the game with three interceptions and a fumble.
Clackamas scored three more rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, one by Liske and two by Nate Coleman to complete the scoring.
Lakeridge's defense buckled down in the second half, keeping Clackamas off the board.
'They played their starters for most of the third quarter and we didn't give up any more points. The kids talked at half time about playing until the final whistle,' Lamont said.
The turnovers and nine penalties hurt Lakeridge's offense which could only muster seven first downs.
But, most importantly, the Pacers stayed healthy and are now ready for their biggest game of the season.
Even though it is a non-league game, the team's first ever contest on its home field is what Lakeridge has been anticipating all season.
McNary will be a tough team to handle, however as it is coming off a tough loss to South Salem and has a terrific running game.
'They're tough. They have a huge front line and a terrific fullback and running back,' Lamont said.
The game will be on Friday at 7 p.m.