Young and Lakers roll past Cavaliers

Young celebrates birthday with 216 yards, five TDs in Lakers' easy victory
by: Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego's Zach Young picks up another big gain as part of his five touchdown performance lifting the Lakers over Clackamas 35-21.

LAKE OSWEGO - It was a happy birthday celebration for Zach Young as the Lake Oswego running back rushed for 216 yards and five touchdowns to lead the top-ranked Lakers to a 35-21 victory over Clackamas on Friday.

The win guarantees Lake Oswego (5-0 league, 8-0 overall) at least a share of the Three Rivers League championship. In the process, the Lakers also locked up the league's No. 1 playoff seed.

Players got a bit of a scare when a thunder storm sent a pair of lightning bolts onto the playing field during pre-game warm-ups. No one was injured but the game was still delayed 30 minutes to allow the worst of the storm to pass.

Once the action started, the Lakers wasted little time setting the tone for the game. They scored the first two times they touched the ball - the first time on a five-yard run by Young and the second time on a 14-yard run by Young.

The second Lake Oswego touchdown was set up when a failed fake punt by the Cavaliers left the Lakers with the ball at the Clackamas 31.

The Lake Oswego offense then went stagnant for the next quarter and a half. But Clackamas had trouble taking advantage and went into the locker room with just Kyle Salgado's 28-yard field to show for its first-half efforts.

Salgado converted another 28-yard field goal on Clackamas' first possession of the second half to trim Lake Oswego's lead to 14-6. But the Lakers quickly regained control.

Three plays later, Young lit up the scoreboard again, this time with a 49-yard touchdown run that was partially set up by Steve Eisenhauer's downfield block.

After a three-and-out series by the Cavs, Young scored again. His one-yard scoring plunge capped an eight-play drive that was highlighted by a pair of 27-yard passes - one to Michael Wesner and one to Jay Matthews. That made it 28-6.

Clackamas got that touchdown back when Ryan Cook hit Ben Adler for a 37-yard scoring toss, which trimmed the deficit to 28-13 early in the fourth quarter.

But Young wasn't done yet. Two plays later, he scored again. This time it came on a 65-yard run in which he zig-zagged his way through the Clackamas secondary to avoid would-be tacklers.

The Cavs refused to give up, though. They marched 80 yards in 13 plays on their next drive to cut Lake Oswego's lead to 35-21. After eating up most of that yardage through the air, Cook ran for the final four yards on a keeper.

Cook finished the game 32 of 47 for 343 yards. Adler had 10 receptions for 108 yards, and Kyle Walkoski caught seven passes for 100 yards.

Young's big night pushed his season rushing total to 1,555 yards, or an average of 194 yards per game. He also has 26 touchdowns for the season.