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Pacers fall to West Linn, prep for play-in game

Lakeridge draws Lincoln, a team it beat previously, for its game this Friday


by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Alex Alamida tries to shake off a pair of West Linn tacklers during last week's regular season finale against the Lions. Lakeridge moved the ball well against West Linn in its final regular season game last Friday but some untimely mistakes and even a little bad luck did the Pacers in as they fell 35-13 heading into this week's play-in game.

The Pacers kicked off to open the game and, on the first play from scrimmage, Lakeridge appeared to catch a huge break when the Lions fumbled. However, an inadvertent whistle was blown which allowed West Linn to maintain possession and, in a way, set the tone for the evening.

West Linn would go on to score on that drive, overcoming three penalties in the process.

Lakeridge fumbled a pitch on fourth down of its opening drive and West Linn capitalized quickly, going up 14-0 with 3:30 to play in the opening quarter.

The Pacers moved deep into West Linn territory on their next drive aided by a late hit from the Lions but Lakeridge came up empty again when it couldn't convert on another fourth down.

Lakeridge then came up with its first stop of the night, forcing West Linn to punt. However, the punt was bobbled and the ball went directly into a West Linn defender's arms, giving the Lions the ball at midfield.

Lakeridge came up with another three and out but failed to take advantage on its next possession.

West Linn struck again midway through the second quarter when tailback Louie Germain broke a 62-yard run to set up the third of his five touchdowns on the evening.

After an interception on its next possession, Lakeridge came up with a big goal line stand to prevent the lead from expanding further but still trailed 21-0 at the half.

Lakeridge moved into West Linn territory again on its opening drive of the third quarter, getting big runs from Nick Yun and a 15-yard catch by Chase Clark on a flea flicker. The Pacers would fumble over to the Lions but, on the next play, an errant snap gave Lakeridge the ball at West Linn's four-yard line.

Lakeridge struggled to run the ball up the middle for much of the game and couldn't punch the ball in on three plays. The Pacers then lost yardage on a reverse before a pass on fourth and goal from the nine-yard line fell incomplete.

West Linn then marched 91-yard yards to go up 28-0 effectively putting the game away.

Lakeridge countered with another solid drive as Yun chewed up yardage but back-to-back sacks put an end to the possession.

The Pacer defense tallied another stop and Lakeridge took over near midfield.

The Pacers finally got on the board midway through the fourth quarter. Eric Dungey scrambled out of trouble and broke a 13-yard run on fourth down to setting up a 14-yard touchdown run by Yun to make it 28-6.

West Linn recovered the onside kick attempt and scored five plays later.

Lakeridge scored again late in the game when a 48-yard scramble by Dungey and a big catch by Rich Hiller set up an eight-yard touchdown catch by Yun.

Lakeridge will host Lincoln for its play-in game this Friday. The Pacers' last win this year came against the Cardinals. Lakeridge won 56-30 on Oct. 5.



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