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JV Red stops St. Helens

LO JV Red defeated a solid St. Helens team 28-8 despite missing three starters.

LO scored first when Nathan Vanderveer-Harris opened the way for a 14-yard QB keeper by Daniel Verburg. The Lions responded, and the Lakers found themselves trailing for the first time this season.

To steady themselves, the Blue and White relied heavily on their ground attack, and reassumed the lead when Anderson walked in from two yards out. St. Helens tried to bounce back before halftime, but two Matthew Fischer QB sacks dashed their hopes.

LO tallied 246 total rushing yards with 135 from Anderson and 81 chipped in from Bryce Deidrich. On the few times that they did pass, the poised Verburg looked like Peyton Manning, repaying Vanderveer-Harris with a 37-yard bomb, hitting Anderson for a score, and threading the needle to Christopher Pozzi.

On defense Laker tacklers spread the wealth with Reid Martin, Drew Allworth, Verburg, Mitchell Jones, Anderson, Nick Palermini, Vanderveer-Harris, Jack Clarke, Diedrich, John Schiedler, Fischer, Kyle Peterson, and Calvin Everitt all filling the stat sheet. Martin led the way with eight solo tackles. Andrew Burton's late interception finished off a balanced team effort.

Pacer 3-4 Blue beats LO

The Pacers opening onside kickoff was recovered by Adam Norgaard (12 tackles/sack/pass knockdown). Pacers scored 8 plays later on a 37-yard run by Caelan Vann (15 carries/133 yds/3 TDs/3 tackles/KO Return/65 yds/TD) and never looked back. The Pacers scored 3 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter and took a 24 - 0 lead into half time. Vann returned the 2nd half kickoff 65 yards for another touchdown and a 30-0 lead.

The offense was lead by Vann, Brooks Dutton (6 carries/100 yds/TD/2 tackles), Spencer Gregg (5 carries/4 tackles/sack), Palmer Fix (2 carries/8 tackles/2 sacks/fumble caused), Dallas Mootz (2 carries/1 sack), Hunter Kern (1 carry/5 tackles/int).

The Pacer defense held the Lakers scoreless until midway through the 3rd quarter. Defensive plays were made by Cooper Lawhead (tackle), Blake Martin (tackle/fumble recovery) Corey Rich and Connor Rooney with 3 tackles each, Thomas Moore (3 tackles), and Eric Mott (pass knockdown). Defensive stalwarts were Ryan Moll (onside kick recovery), Noah Wist, Harrison Moore, Wiley DeWitt, Mitch Glad, and Mason Pearson.

The final score, Lakeridge 30 - Lake Oswego 19, brings Pacer Blue to 5 - 2 for the season.

Pacer Varsity beaten

The Lakeridge Pacer Varsity football team battled the Liberty Falcons in the rain at home on Saturday. The Falcons won 38-14. The Pacer Offense was stymied in the first half but moved the ball well in the second half with TD drives of 70 and 65 yards. Quarterback Tom Knecht threw well throughout the game despite the rain and completed 11 of 15 passes. Long pass receptions of 38 yds by Conner Griffin and 26 yds by Dylan Gaar helped fuel the scoring drives. Fullback Dylan Erwin had 93 rushing yards and scored both Pacer touchdowns.

The Pacer Defense fought hard. Fred Farley and Johnny Clayton forced fumbles for the Pacers. Clayton and Ryan Wold recovered one fumble each and Nick Sotta recovered 2 fumbles for the Pacers. Linebacker JJ Todd had multiple tackles including a sack and Cornerback Luke Benedict also had multiple tackles and defended the Falcon passing attack well helping to slow the Liberty offense.

LO 3-4 Red falls 12-0

The LO ¾ Red Team was involved in a defensive struggle against Beaverton, on a cold and rainy day last Saturday. The Beavers scored on their first possession, but then the Laker defense came out strong and prevented Beaverton from scoring until the 4th quarter, with great defensive line play by Aiden Prentice, Josh Watkins, Andrew Clarke, Haden Hewes, Mike Petroff, and Mitchell Verburg. Prentice and Petroff were constantly raising havoc in the Beaverton back field. Great tackles were made by Sean Scadden, Verburg, Watkins, Jack O'Donnell, Richard Pahl, Adam Brumfield, Clarke and Galileo Pacioni. Excellent pass coverage was provided by Daniel Baumer, who broke up a pass on a 4th down attempt and by Pahl who had an interception in the 4th quarter. On the offensive side of the ball, LO had several long running plays by Matthew Sporre, Pahl, and O'Donnell who broke one for 23 yards to the Beavers 27-yard line. However, the drive stalled and LO remained scoreless for a final score of 12-0.

LO Varsity White wins

Lake Oswego White executed four quarters of focused football to beat a tough Tualatin squad 22-12. Paul Collins forced and recovered a fumble on Tualatin's first possession. On their next, Jon Lenhoff blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the endzone for LO's first touchdown. Nicholas Salita made the point-after.

The Lakers' pass defense was excellent, with TJ Dorado intercepting one pass and tipping another to teammate Alex Matthews. The defensive line kept the pressure on throughout, as Timmy Ashworth, Eric Tovar, Kyle Mendenhall and Alec Torkelson joined Collins for a combined 8 tackles for losses. The Lakers' offensive line, with strong blocking by Burke Livingston, Sam Fricke and Kitchell Boutwell, gave Matthews time to pass, and he connected with Gunnar Holwerda for the second touchdown.

Tualatin scored in the third quarter on a long run, but the Lakers responded. Behind a big block by Blake Quarterman, Will Shannon ran in the third touchdown and Salita nailed the point-after for the 22-6 lead. Tualatin scored late, but the Lakers held on for the well deserved win.

LO 5-6 Red tames Lions

The heavens opened and rained Laker touchdowns. After seven touchdowns, the storm rested and the Lakers emerged with a 47-12 deluge of the West Linn Lions and their sixth straight win. The Laker offense poured over the ground with Van Leeuwen, Diedrich, Parker and Dordevich hailing the end zone. The O-Line anchored by Paul Carlson, blew holes through the Lion line. Jake Mercep kicked two PATs as the rain descended. The sun never shone for West Linn as clouds of Laker defenders, in a true team effort, settled in. During a first quarter squall the Lakers bolted to a 27-0 lead, and a new Laker D raged. Blustered by svelte safeties, Schenk and Landgraf, multiple Lakers made significant contributions. Watkins, Marsh, Griffiths and James Anderson thundered through the line. Luke Van Lehman, Sebastian and Owen Van Lehman, led the Laker tacklers. As the blizzard subsided, Andrew Cohen grabbed an interception and with great presence of mind kept a Franklin in hand and a win on the books for Coach Landgraf and team. Coach Beyrle, with next week's forecast, said get me my game film, the Oregon Trail ends in Lake Oswego.

Seahawks vs. Wildcats

In an i9Sports 5/6 flag football defensive dual here Sunday, the Lake Oswego Seahawks battled the Lake Oswego Wildcats to a near stalemate, but couldn't overcome a missed touchdown at the end of the first half - literally by inches - losing 12-8.

The 'near miss' didn't lessen the outstanding performance by Sam Sullwold as he pulled down an interception to stop the Wildcats' first drive and scored later in the second half, putting the Seahawks in a position to tie the game.

Mired in a wet field with two inches of mud, the Seahawks defense kept the game tight with big tackles from Leo DeBruhl, Noah Lindsay, Cooper Justice and Kody Gray, and aggressive pass rushing from Parker Durbin and Elijah Ntsasa. Jack Roche showed great zigzag pursuit, finally tackling a Wildcats running back who ran a good 200 yards to gain only 40.

The Seahawks offense mustered a late second half drive with precision running and deceptive play execution. DeBruhl, Ntsasa and Roche carried for critical yardage, while Justice, Gray and Elliott Avery could have won Oscar's drawing Wildcats players to their fakes.

Sullwold and Roche were selected Seahawks MVP of the game for outstanding sportsmanship and effort.

LO Varsity Navy topped

Navy's offense started off strong - scoring on their first possession with a 12-play seamlessly executed drive that included four first downs and some exceptional running by Grant Taylor. Only moments later, West Linn fumbled in their own end zone, and the recovery by Drew DeMarco gave Navy their first of two safeties on the day. West Linn answered in the second quarter to make the halftime score 10-8 in favor of the Lakers.

The second half started positive with a Kyle Bos interception, but a flurry of penalties swayed the momentum to West Linn. A blitz by Billy Able and Peter Lewis forced a fumble in the end zone, but it was ruled a safety and not a Laker touchdown.

West Linn took the lead in the fourth quarter, and Corbin Post made a great grab on an onside kick. The Laker offense battled back with a key pass from Kyle Cameron to Colin Brown, and another to Addison Prentice, but it wasn't quite enough to pull out the win.

Pacer 5-6 Blue beats OC

The Pacers, powered by Captains Shroyer, Barrett and Rivera, downed Oregon City 25-0. Q1: The Pacer D dazzled. Tackles by McClory and Smith and a tipped pass by Thomas forced a punt. On the next series tackles by Shroyer and Mondeaux stopped OC. The Pacers then opened the scoring; the drive featured two Dungey to Sindlinger passes and a Hodges TD run. Q2: The D ruled; Rivera, Kiever and Ebers led the way. 1st Half Heroes: Barrett (open field tackling); J Clark (line star). Q3: With Parisi and Marshall opening holes, the O scored; Dungey, Smith and Shroyer (TD) ran fiercely. The stiff Pacer continued, led by Schwarz (tough DB play) and Levin and Conlan (owned the D-line). Q4: C Clark and DeVries helped open lanes for Hodges, who ran left, right and up the middle for the TD (Dungey to Oelrich for the PAT). After a Kuhnert interception, the O scored again; Oelrich rumbled 30 yards; Hodges scored the TD; Givan and Bartlett provided blocking support. Excellent D by Opoien helped seal the shutout. 2nd Half Heroes: Trueherz (RB, strong nose tackle); Lee (sturdy safety play); Smith (fumble recovery); Mondeaux (INT, BMOD); Andrew (Pacers missed his big presence).

LO 5-6 falls to West Linn

It was a dark and stormy Saturday, and the rain fell on the field of battle. The LO 5/6 squad was involved in a hard fought game against West Linn, but came out on the short end, losing by a score of 24-12. The tone of the game was set as West Linn returned the opening kickoff for a score, followed quickly by LO's first score by QB Nathan Brown. LO's offense was again anchored by Brown, Yong Kim, Cahleb Gonzalez, and Matthew Johnson, and they were assisted by the able line of Nick Underwood, Ethan Sipser, Ben Loverin, Jeffrey Knees, Ben Stephan, Connor Bracken and John Stathis. The defense played tough all day, with huge hits registered by Underwood, Loverin, Hugh Halvorson, Michael Jamison, Bowen Mechigan, Hill Johnson, Nick Albin and Sean Goodell. Special teams played a key role in the outcome of this game, with extra point kicks by West Linn contributing to the margin of victory. The LO squads' record moves to 4-3 as they prepare for the undefeated team from Tigard for the final game of the regular season. Watch out Tigard.

LO 5-6 Silver falls

Lake Oswego 5/6 Silver had more than just the Canby White Cougars to deal with on Saturday: they also faced Canby's home 'field' advantage; that is, if you want to call 57,600 square feet of ice-cold water and spike-sucking mud a 'field.' Though the game was lost 26-13, the Lakers will never forget this one-nor will whoever had to attempt to wash the uniforms afterwards.

After a season played so far only on boringly dry FieldTurf, the team relished the opportunity to quite literally dive in and finally play some splashmouth football. Lead mudder Will Burton slogged for 191 yards and two touchdowns, following in the muddy wake of the Laker line. Though their names and numbers were obscured by thick Canby mud quite early on, sharp observers could discern the blocking skills of Parker Brisbee, Derek Schroeder, Ben Torkelson, Giacomo Pacioni, Rickey Sowers, and Mack Tenneson, with Brandon Lizama, Karson Pence, and Cameron Dean clearing the path further downfield.

On defense, Burton and Torkelson had 8 and 7 tackles respectively, with Schroeder, Sowers, Cole Berk, and Randy Dyrnes also tackle leaders.

LO JV Navy shuts out WL

The Lake Oswego JV Navy team pulled out a 6-0 win last Saturday vs. West Linn Black JV, sealing a spot in the playoffs. The Lakers' intrepid defense held their opponent scoreless for the fourth time this season. While the West Linn offense was able to move the chains on the ground, they logged negative yards in the air. Fearless tackling by Spencer Anderson, Brennan Malagamba, Reid Penney, Nick Amacher, Jeffrey Kohnstamm, Austin Faunce, Zach Davis, Michael Arbanas, Wil Meier, Justen Ruppe, Connor Alldredge, and Ryan Woolworth kept momentum with the Lakers all afternoon. Malagamba added a sack, and Alldredge and Arbanas both had fumble recoveries

The Laker offensive line showed playoff passion for a full four quarters, with gutsy play by Ian Fisher, Derek Jones, Faunce, Kohnstamm, Penney, Anderson, Malagamba, Meier, and Woolworth. Quarterback Justen Ruppe adjusted to West Linn's defensive scheme and relied more heavily on his passing game this week, connecting with Malagamba, Davis and Alldredge to move the chains. Davis scored the Lakers only points with a touchdown in the second quarter.

LO JV White calms Cavs

The Lakers turned the novel Catch-22 into a live production, shutting out the Cavaliers 22-0, to remain undefeated. The Cavs tried to use their size to stuff the run game led by backs Harrison Greenberg and Michael Weiss, but LO re-wrote the script. Duncan Campbell was cast into the lead role, catching three touchdown passes from Harrison Ramey. Santo Condorelli completed a pass to Ramey, Spenser Sutherland gained big yards on a reverse and receiving, and Garrison Petrie mixed things up on their foes.

Jason Kelley, Ryne Hill, Mitch Lomax, Andrew Wrenn, Weiss and Royce Reinhart were on the scene to offer great protection throughout.

The defensive plot remained unchanged, winning the battle of turnovers with recoveries by Drue Naone and Condorelli, and a pick by Campbell. Patrick Gonzales and Tanner Iverson riddled the Cavs' offensive with timely plays. The supporting cast of Mack Hertford, Parker Hansen, Mason Zehr and Lucas Bishop added defensive momentum, and Mitchel McLaughlin separated a receiver from the ball. Lomax' safety and Greenberg's PAT were some of the games encores.

LO 5-6 Navy dropped

In a cold October rain, these young Lakers gathered early in near-darkness for their last home game of the season against Rex Putnam to welcome a victory. Alas, it was not to be. The first half of the game was riddled with turnovers on both sides, each player struggling against the cold to hang on with frozen fingers to a very wet ball.

Predictably, Kenny 'The Bomb' Oyama led ambitiously, completing passes to 'Big Ben' Manafi, Zach Levison, Patrick Schneider and Michael Ashworth for big gains early on. Jack McLean's fumble recovery was sandwiched by big tackles for losses by Steven Peeler, who stopped Putnam short again and again. Coupled with key tackles by Ethan Braun and Schneider, the Lakers held the Kingsmen to seven points before the half.

The second half saw Zack Buhlmann coming on strong with a reverse to Elias Heller, whose momentum never waned. Oyama continued to put the ball in the air for gains to receivers Mack Hubbell and Justin Hanson. Aggressive and relentless, Alex Wrenn, Kyle Layman, Tanner Moore, Schneider and Braun poked holes in Putnam's passing and running game until the buzzer wailed.

Pacer 5-6 Gold wins 24-0

Gold 5/6 Pacers continued their winning ways with a solid 24-0 victory over Oregon City on the soggy LHS turf. The Pacer defense neutralized OC by controlling the line of scrimmage and gang tackling. Jordan Briede had a break-out performance with a sack, a fumble recovery, and numerous tackles, while Jordan Horak, Ryan Dunham, birthday boys Jared and Peter Baumann, Kyle Jonsson, Merrick Sanders, Austin Cunningham, and Jack Cole all chipped in with multiple tackles.

On offense, 'closer' QB Cam Troike rushed for his first touchdown of the year. Running Back Merrick Sanders also enjoyed another outstanding performance, running for two touchdowns and nearly 100 yards, not to mention some fancy footwork on kick returns. Jordan Horak too found the end zone to round out the scoring. This week the Pacers seek to outmatch Milwaukie and gain a playoff berth.

LO 3-4 Navy loses

The stormy weather made for an interesting game in Saturday's loss to Lakeridge. The first half was dismal and it wasn't just the grey clouds overhead. The players were frozen, the ball was slippery and the Laker team did not gain control of this game until the second half. With the help of our front line blockers, Charles Dudley, Griffin Roach, Tommy Underwood, Nick Bassett, Rory Chandler, Daniar Imenbayev, Brandon Peeler and John Shelton, Lakeridge was scoreless the last two quarters. Reed Sandblast came alive in the 3rd quarter with several monster tackles and Hayden Hanson showed he might not be the biggest guy on the team, but he had some big hits. Garrett Warner, Jack Livingston and Drew Todd blocked for Quarterback Brett Graver who was able to get the offense going in the third quarter. Max Mattern thawed out in the second half, getting the Laker team on the scoreboard. Drew Casebeeer, Jake Moore, Tristan Withers, Ryan Henne all supported the Laker defense. Reilly Levison, John Block and Erich Reuter showed up as well in the third quarter ready to play. The momentum was strong, the players ready, but the clock ran out with the score 19-30.

LO 3-4 White falls

Powered by the strong running of M and Ms - Andrew Meskel and Wil Monje - the LO 3 /4 White had their best offensive performance of the year, but despite a great team effort, the team was upset by Tualatin in a rain soaked contest. The offensive line, led by Jack Haney, Harrison Hildahl, Michael Kuhn and Brock Anderson opened up huge holes which allowed the Lakers to roll down the field toward the end zone. As the rain poured down, the Laker defense wrapped up the Timberwolves like a wet blanket led by Peter Ragen, Noah Vanderveer-Harris, Ben Blauer, Max Boyd and Trevor Johnson. The nasty elements of the day were not enough to dampen the spirit or tenacity of Matthew Kilpatrick, John Able, Matthew Stathis, Carson Allen, Gianni Pigneri, Connor Gaffney, J.P. Nantz, Peter Griggs, Dominic Liu, Jake Mason and Timmy Hanson. The Lakers are fired up for their Medals Game and wanted to thank their fans - the best in the league - for a terrific year.

Pacer Gold goes 6-1

Pacer Gold put the finishing touches on a spectacular 6-1 regular season record by defeating an aggressive Sherwood team 16-0. The Pacer offense was led by Holden Catlett who rushed for 73 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown. Catlett also added 11 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. John Arndorfer contributed one rush for 12 yards and was 2-4 passing including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Sean McGuire. McGuire also had 13 tackles on defense, and rounded out the Pacer scoring with two successful PATs. Key blocks made by George Irving (5) Ryan McLaughlin (5) Nick Conway (2) Alex Brivic (2) Avery Keating, Owen Kessel, Thomas Wasman, and Brett Logsdon (1 each) helped the Pacers keep the ball on the ground and in control of the clock late in the game.

The Pacer defense made a crucial stand at the end of the first half capped off by a touchdown saving tackle by Nick Giani. Giani had five tackles and a fumble recovery for the game. Jakob Dukart, George Irving, Mathew Lambka, Steven Gray, Gunnar Braden, Chase McCann, and Jack Dauphinais all contributed to the Pacer shutout with five tackles each.