Lake Oswego drubs another league foe to stay unbeaten as the playoffs begin

After wrapping up another Three Rivers League title with a dominating 46-14 win over Oregon City, the Lakers are now enjoying their bye with an additional week to prepare for their playoff run. But if there's one team in the entire state that doesn't need the extra rest, it's probably Lake Oswego.

Once again, the Lakers were able to rest their starters for the entirety of the second half after going up 33-7 at the break. In fact, it's been a rarity during the entirety of league play that a Lake Oswego starter has seen the field in the third or fourth quarter.

“We're a little worried about that because most of our guys haven't played much more than a half in any game in league but we try and get the most out of our practices,” coach Steve Coury said.

That's how dominant the Lakers have been this season and the trend continued against a solid Oregon City opponent on Friday.

Lake Oswego entered the game hoping to shut down Oregon City's running attack and the defense succeeded.

The Pioneers struggled to move the ball in the first half and it didn't take long for Lake Oswego to rack up a lead.

“The kids did a nice job. We haven't played very well over there the last couple of times we've been there but the kids were focused and everyone got to play,” Coury said.

J.B. Holmes punched in Lake Oswego's first touchdown on a two-yard run.

Lake Oswego then got into the end zone again when Justen Ruppe hit tight end Mitch Lomax for an eight-yard score.

The Laker defense got into the action later in the first quarter when Nick Underwood picked off a Jon Hall pass and returned it 27 yards for a score to make it 20-0.

Underwood had a stellar game. Not only did he score on defense, he also racked up 101 yards rushing, primarily out of the wildcat formation with Jack Anderson taking the snaps.

“We keep expanding that package and it's been working out for us. Nick's about as good a runner as we have,” Coury said.

Lake Oswego made it four unanswered touchdowns early in the second quarter on an 11-yard run by Underwood before Oregon City finally mustered an answer with its first touchdown.

The Lakers would quickly answer with a 45-yard touchdown strike from Ruppe to Connor Griffin.

Ruppe continues to quietly put up astounding stats this year in limited action.

In all five league games this year, Ruppe has thrown 11 touchdowns and just nine incomplete passes. For the season, Ruppe has completed 81 percent of his passes.

The Laker starters stayed in the game early in the third quarter and put the game on ice quickly. Underwood scored on a nice 38-yard run, giving him three touchdowns on the night and Ruppe would then connect with Romello Washington for a 36-yard touchdown to complete the scoring.

The Lakers then turned the game over to their bench and defense. Oregon City scored on a long pass in the fourth quarter as Oregon City racked up the bulk of its yardage against the Laker's second string.

Lake Oswego will wait to see who it will face first in the playoffs following Friday's play-in games.

The Lakers are ranked No. 3 in the state by the OSAA.

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