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Lakers put Mustangs away early in homecoming game

by: VERN UYETAKE, 
Tyson Coleman avoids a diving Milwaukie tackler during Lake Oswego’s easy 48-0 win over the Mustangs last Friday. Coleman had 95 yards on seven carries and also caught a 44-yard pass for a touchdown in the game.

Lake Oswego wasn't in danger of losing its homecoming game against Milwaukie on Friday but, in many ways, games like last week's can be difficult. It's easy for a team to let its concentration lapse and not put out its best effort as a result.

That didn't happen with the Lakers. Lake Oswego did whatever it wanted to against the Mustangs, racking up 42 points in the first half and rolling to a 48-0 win.

Coach Steve Coury was able to play every eligible athlete on the roster and five different players scored touchdowns in the game.

'I thought the kids did a great job staying focused and were ready to play. They took care of business quickly,' Coury said.

Lake Oswego didn't do anything differently on offense. It mixed the pass and the run well and quarterback Jack Lomax put up video game statistics once again.

The senior has been doing that for pretty much the entire season, tabulating 26 touchdown passes and one interception to date. He is also averaging over 11 yards per pass attempt.

'Jack's been incredible. Those are some unreal numbers. I can't imagine there are many players in the country doing what he's going right now,' Coury said.

Against the Mustangs, Lomax completed 12 of 13 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns.

Lake Oswego got on the board quickly on a one-yard pass from Lomax to Will Storey. It was the first of four first-quarter touchdowns for the Lakers.

Lake Oswego's defense was dominant as well, rarely giving up a sizeable play to Milwaukie. The defense forced a quick turnover as Jeff Kremer deflected and intercepted a pass attempt that he ran back 23 yards for the team's second score.

'Watching him run that ball back we were wondering why we didn't use him at runningback,' Coury said. 'He's the best defensive player I've ever seen in terms of just dominating a high school game. He never takes a single play off.'

Later in the quarter, Lomax hit Storey for a 38-yard touchdown and connected with Micah Hatfield from five yards out, making it 28-0.

Then, early in the second quarter, Lake Oswego got to accomplish one of its early-season goals.

At the beginning of the year, players got to vote for which senior on the team would be most-deserving of scoring a touchdown at some point over the fall.

The team voted for Alex Agan and he was given his chance from the one-yard line. Agan scored on his only carry of the game which made the score 35-0.

Later in the quarter, Lomax hit running back Tyson Coleman for a 44-yard strike.

In the second half, Coury put different players in a variety of unfamiliar positions on the field and the team ran the ball on nearly every play.

Chris Luetjen scored the game's final touchdown in the fourth quarter from 19 yards out.

Next up for Lake Oswego is a non-league road game against Sprague.

The Olympians appear to be playoff-bound this season as they are 3-2 in the Central Valley League this year.

It will be the first time the teams have met since the 2004 state title game.

Lake Oswego then takes on Oregon City in a game that will likely be for the league title.

'Getting that bye in Week 1 is the most important thing because it would give us an opportunity to get guys healthy and prepare for the playoffs,' Coury said.