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Lomax leads LO past Civil War rivals

Lakers' QB throws for 226 yards, three TDs in team's 38-9 victory

LAKE OSWEGO - Lakeridge managed to keep former teammate Zach Young in check for most of Friday night's Civil War showdown, but the Pacers didn't have an answer for Lake Oswego quarterback Jack Lomax.

Lomax had possibly his best game of the season, completing 15 of 19 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns to lead the top-ranked Lakers to an easy 38-9 victory over their cross-town rivals.

Of course, much of the pre-game hype centered around Young, who played for Lakeridge through his junior season. He then transferred to Lake Oswego and quickly established himself as one of the leading ball carriers in the state.

With Young's penchant for turning nothing into something big, Lakeridge had to focus most of its defensive attention on the speedy running back. And the strategy worked most of the time.

The first time Young touched the ball, he was nailed for a four-yard loss when Lakeridge defensive end Tyrell Fortune knifed through the line. Three of Young's first five carries were for losses. Through his first 11 rushing attempts, Young had just 33 yards.

While Young struggled to find running room, Lomax was finding open receivers all over the field. During Lake Oswego's opening drive, Lomax threw five passes and completed all of them, including a two-yard scoring toss to Will Storey.

The Pacers then fumbled away the ensuing kickoff inside their own 10. But Lakeridge was able to keep Young out of the end zone on three consecutive runs, and the Lakers had to settle for Pat Barry's 20-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.

After forcing a Lakeridge punt, the Lakers struck quickly on their next possession, which started with a 60-yard pass from Lomax to Michael Wesner. Four players later, the Lakers were in the end zone again, this time on a three-yard run by Young.

Lakeridge responded by fumbling the ball away again on the next kickoff. Lake Oswego seemed poised to put the game out of reach, but Fortune had other ideas when he stole the ball out of hands of Lake Oswego receiver Jared Van Hoon and raced 69 yards to the Lakers' 13. Four plays later, Fortune scored on a five-yard run.

That cut Lake Oswego's lead to 17-7 early in the second quarter, but it would be the only touchdown Lakeridge would score.

Lake Oswego got that touchdown back on its next possession, which lasted seven plays and was capped by Young's best run of the night. It was a simple off-tackle play, but Young was barely touched en route to his 32-yard score, which made it 24-7.

Young ran for another 30 yards the next time he carried the ball, which turned an uneventful night into another big game. More importantly, that set up another score for the Lakers, which came on a 15-yard pass from Lomax to Nick Rulli just before the half.

Lake Oswego pushed its lead to 38-7 early in the third quarter when Lomax hit Wesner on a 32-yard scoring toss.

The Pacers got the game's final score when a long snap by the Lakers sailed over Van Hoon's head and out of the end zone for a safety.

Young finished the game with 113 yards on 16 carries. He now has 1,670 yards for the season and 28 touchdowns. Fortune led Lakeridge with 104 yards on 25 carries.

Next up for Lake Oswego (9-0) will be next Friday's first-round playoff game against Gresham. A victory there would set up a possible second-round match-up against defending state champion Jesuit.

The Pacers, who were playing without quarterback Robbie Kool (out with a broken leg), finished the season 2-7 and missed the playoffs for one of the few times in school history.