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Top-ranked Lakers cruise past West Linn 41-7

by: Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego's Tyson Coleman picks up a big gain in the Laker's 41-7 win over West Linn.

West Linn was expected to be Lake Oswego's biggest test for the remainder of the regular season. But, with the way the Lakers are playing right now, it could be a while before they're given much of a game.

It took Lake Oswego a couple possession to warm up but once it did, things turned south for the Lions pretty quickly.

For the second game in a row, Lake Oswego was kept off the board in the first quarter, failing on a pair of fourth down conversion attempts in its first two possesions.

But the Lake Oswego defense didn't give up much either.

The Lakers used a three-man rush for much of the night and still put heavy pressure on West Linn quarterback Logan Krellwitz. Meanwhile, the Lakers' secondary was stifling.

Lake Oswego got on the board in the second quarter on a 12-yard touchdown psss from Jack Lomax to Tyson Coleman.

Following a terrific interception by Nick Rulli, Lake Oswego took four plays to get into the endzone again, this time on a one-yard run by Coleman.

And from there, the rout was on. Rulli showed off blistering speed on a 59-yard touchdown catch down the sideline, breaking two tackles along the way with just over a minute to play in the half, making the score 19-0 as the teams headed to the lockerroom.

West Linn never really threatened to score for most of the second half as the Lakers' defense continued to rack up sacks and Kasey Closs recorded the team's second interception.

Rulli scored recorded another touchdown catch, this time from 58 yards away and, once again, simply outran the defense after making the reception.

With the game out of hand, Whit Bissett scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Lakers to up the score to 41-0.

Then, following a fumble recovery, the Lions broke up the shut-out. With 41 seconds to go in the game, Josh Oltman scored from four yards out.

The Lakers (6-0) will play Milwaukie next week while West Linn (3-4) takes on Clackamas.