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LO shocks top-ranked Jesuit

No. 5 Lakers out-gain the Crusaders 383 to 185
by: Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego linebacker Matt Tellam sacks Jesuit quarterback Scott Williams early in Friday's game setting the tone for the Lakers' 21-0 win over the Crusaders.

According to most of the prognosticators, there was no way that the Jesuit football team could lose. Apparently, those armchair quarterbacks forget to discuss that matter with Lake Oswego.

To the surprise of many people outside of Lake Oswego, the Lakers thoroughly dominated the top-ranked Crusaders Friday night en route to a 21-0 non-league victory.

'I give our coaches and our kids so much credit for being ready to play,' Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury said after the game.

'I think the biggest thing was the mental part of it. I told our kids that all week long. You've got to be able to believe that you can beat them.'

The Lakers not only believed they could win, but they came prepared with a good game plan that they executed to near perfection. The result was a 383 to 185 advantage in total yardage.

Fifth-ranked Lake Oswego (3-0) relied heavily on senior running back Zach Young, who carried 31 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, Young also threw a pass for 32 yards and had three receptions for 21.

Junior quarterback Jack Lomax provided the perfect compliment to Young as he completed 11 of 19 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.

The Lake Oswego defense also played a huge role in the victory. The defense set the tone for the game by limiting Jesuit to just 10 plays and one first down during the Crusaders' first three possessions.

The Lakers' offense, meanwhile, scored the first time it had the ball. The first play was a 24-yard run by Young. He wound up carrying the ball on the Lakers' first five plays. Lake Oswego then went to the air with a 49-yard pass from Lomax to Nick Halberg. One play later, Lomax hit Jay Matthews for a nine-yard touchdown and Lake Oswego led 7-0.

The Lakers looked like they would score again on their next possession, which lasted 15 plays and chewed up 67 yards. But the drive stalled at the Jesuit 7-yard line and Lake Oswego settled for a field goal attempt by Pat Barry, but the 25-yard kick sailed wide right.

Lake Oswego didn't score again until the opening possession of the second half, and Young capped that 71-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.

Jesuit seemed destined to get that touchdown back on its next possession as the Crusaders ventured inside the Lakers' 10-yard line. But the Lake Oswego defense stepped up with its biggest effort of the night and forced the Crusaders to turn the ball over on downs at the 12. The key play came when Jeff Kremer and Billy Lee stopped Jesuit's star running back, Raphiel Lambert, for a one-yard loss on fourth down.

Lambert finished the game with 82 yards on 17 carries.

The Lake Oswego offense then responded by driving the length of the field for the final score of the game. That drive included a 32-yard option pass from Young to Matthews. Young capped the drive with a one-yard plunge into the end zone.