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Lakers exact revenge, knock off defending champs

by: Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego's Will Storey and Naone Cole bring down Sheldon's Jordan Johnson on a quarterback keeper during Friday night's 34-13 Laker win in Lake Oswego.

Lake Oswego got a modicum of payback on Friday when it knocked off the defending state champions from Sheldon 34-13 in a quarterfinal showdown. Last year in the quarterfinals it was the Irish that emerged victorious with a thrilling 28-27 overtime win.

The top-ranked Lakers were tested early in the game, falling behind 13-0 before rattling off five unanswered touchdowns and moving on to a semifinal showdown with Jesuit.

Sheldon got on the board first on an early drive midway through the first quarter when quarterback Jordan Johnson scored on a three-yard keeper.

After a failed fourth down conversion attempt by the Lakers, Sheldon struck again, this time when Johnson alluded tacklers in the backfield and hit Gavin Hyde on the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown.

Suddenly Lake Oswego was down by two scores for just the second time all season.

But the Lakers rallied quickly. Just two and a half minutes after Sheldon's second score, Jack Lomax hit Brad Halberg on a 28-yard pass to put the home team on the board.

Lake Oswego came up with a big stop and then drove the field again. With just under a minute to play in the half after a big catch by Will Storey, Tyson Coleman ran in from one yard out and the score was tied at 13.

The second half was all Lake Oswego. The Lakers took the lead on a 33-yard pass from Lomax to Storey and the team then wore out a fired up Sheldon squad.

Late in the third quarter, Whit Bissett scored on a nice run to give his team a cushion and the Lakers put the game away in the fourth quarter on another score by Bissett.

Lake Oswego will now square off in a rematch with Jesuit next Friday. In the preseason, Lake Oswego knocked off the Crusaders 36-33 in one of the most exciting games of the year.