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Lakers open season with a shutout


LO gets a solid all-around performance in an easy victory over Olympia

Lake Oswego kicked off its state title defense in convincing fashion on Friday, traveling up to Olympia, Wash. and coming away with a convincing 34-0 win.

It was an impressive all-around performance for the Lakers who got strong performance in the running and passing game but the biggest standout was the team's defense.

Lake Oswego was expected to feature a stingy defensive unit this year and the squad appeared to be in midseason form already.

“The defense played really well to hold them scoreless. They were a pretty good team that should win a lot of games this year,” coach Steve Coury said.

The Lakers took control of the game early. Olympia fumbled the opening kickoff and Lake Oswego capitalized, getting a 13-yard touchdown scramble from Justen Ruppe to put the team on the board.

Later in the quarter, the defense helped pad the lead as Jack Anderson continued right where he left off last season, picking off a pass and taking it 41 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0.

Lake Oswego's offense was balanced, rushing for 208 yards while Ruppe and Harrison Ramey combined for 204 yards passing.

“I thought both quarterbacks did a great job and we'll probably play both of them like that for a while,” Coury said.

J.B. Holmes got the bulk of the carries for the Lakers, taking the ball 13 times for 73 yards, including a five-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Spencer Anderson also made an impact and got the most out of his four carries, going for 54 yards.

Lake Oswego led 20-0 at the half and the defense never let Olympia back in the game.

The lead could have been more at the break but Lake Oswego had a touchdown negated due to an offensive pass interference call and had a field goal blocked right before the half.

“There were a couple of little things we did that we need to learn from but we were balanced and did a good job just worrying about ourselves,” Coury said.

The Lakers held Olympia to right around 200 yards of total offense and the home team struggled to get much started.

Lake Oswego continued to keep the pressure on in the third quarter, mounting another drive that culminated with a two-yard touchdown run by Gus Tolleson.

The Lakers were efficient in the passing game. Ruppe and Ramey combined to go 12-for-16, completing passes to seven different receivers.

Holmes has four grabs for 40 yards and Connor Griffin had two catches for 80 yards.

Lake Oswego's final score came in the third quarter when Ramey hit Griffin for a 25-yard touchdown.

The Lakers were able to clear the bench in the final minutes of the game, getting the bulk of the roster some early-season action.

Lake Oswego will gear up for its home opener on Friday against Centennial.