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No. 1 Lakers continue easy gridiron work

by: Vern Uyetake,

It probably would have taken a natural disaster of some sort to keep Lake Oswego from steamrolling Milwaukie last Friday.

Well, the visiting Mustangs didn't get any help from the weatherman and top-ranked Lake Oswego amassed 530 yards in total offense while rolling to an easy 47-0 victory.

It was Lake Oswego's second lopsided gridiron victory in as many weeks. The previous Friday, the Lakers beat Putnam 41-0.

Just like the game against the Kingsmen, Lake Oswego's offensive starters saw no action in the second half against the Mustangs. Even so, running back Zach Young still managed to rush for 181 yards and four touchdowns; and he did it on just 13 carries.

'We definitely had our way and played really well. That's why the score was the way it was,' Young said.

Quarterback Jack Lomax also had a big first half, competing 11 of 14 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Lomax and Young showed there would be no slacking off despite the fact that the Lakers were facing a less-than-formidable opponent.

'Coach (Steve) Coury said he knew we would be ready for games like Jesuit and Southridge. But he said it would be a test to see if we were ready for a game like this,' Lomax said. 'It nice to get some early scores and then put on my jacket and cheer on my teammates and let them play.'

'These games can be funny,' Coury said. 'You feel like you should win… but sometimes you fumble and have penalties. But our kids have been resilient to that, which I'm really proud of.'

The Lakers (2-0 Three Rivers Leauge, 5-0 overall) were also economical last Friday. They needed only three plays plus two Milwaukie penalties to score their first touchdown of the game.

Lomax got things started with a 19-yard scramble, and another 15 yards was tacked onto the play for a late hit against Milwaukie. Nick Rulli followed with a 15-yard catch and Young scored on the next play, a 25-yard run in which he was barely touched.

A missed extra point left the score at 6-0.

The Lakers needed seven plays to score on their next possession, which ended with a 18-yard touchdown toss from Lomax to Michael Wesner. A two-point pass from Lomax to Nick Halberg pushed the score to 14-0 with 7:40 left in the first quarter.

Young finished the first quarter with 99 rushing yards and then tacked on a five-yard scoring run to the start the second period. That made it 21-0 and things were looking pretty easy by then.

'We had (Milwaukie) out-manned and our kids stepped up and played they way they had to play,' Coury said.

With their next possession, the Lakers went 79 yards in five plays for another score. Young ran for 61 of those yards, and he capped the drive with a 17-yard gallop to the end zone.

Young also scored the next time Lake Oswego got the ball. This time, he ran it in from 11 yards out to push the Lakers' lead to 35-0 with 55 seconds left in the first half.

For the season, Young now has 921 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. On most of his carries against the Mustangs, it seemed Young had clear sailing at least to the first-down marker.

'That's a credit to the linemen and the receivers and the fullback,' Young said. 'Their blocking (is the key) to the team's success.'

'They're very physical and very athletic,' Coury said when asked about his line. 'That's a good group up there and (line coach) Bill Hewes has done a good job with them.'

By halftime, the Lakers had 339 yards of total offense. In doing so, they had 17 plays where they gained at least 10 yards. Lomax, who got a chance to work on his passing, hit six different receivers in the first half.

'I'm finding open guys and my line is phenomenal. They're giving me lots of time to throw it,' Lomax said.

Lake Oswego also scored on its first possession of the second half, making it six straight scoring possessions for the game. This time, reserve guard Sam Whiteley got the honor when he wedged his way into the end zone from one yard out.

The game's final score came late in the fourth quarter when reserve fullback Christopher Luetjen broke a simple running play up the middle for a 54-yard touchdown.

Everyone expected a rout from the top-ranked Lakers and they didn't disappoint.

'They practiced very well all week,' Coury said of his team. 'They're keeping their eye on the bullseye.'