Despite a pair of costly fumbles, Lake Oswego has little trouble advancing

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Andrew Wrenn makes a tackle during last week's playoff-opening victory. The Laker defense shut out McNary at home. The Lake Oswego football team showed a little rust from its bye week when it hosted McNary to open is playoff run last week.

But it's a sign that things are going well for your program when a slightly off night still leads to a 41-0 victory.

The Lakers only led 14-0 at the half as they shot themselves in the foot with a pair of fumbles in McNary territory.

“Mentally we weren't as ready as we needed to be. We probably should have been up 28-0 at the break but it's something the kids will learn from,” coach Steve Coury said.

Lake Oswego got on the board in the first quarter on Justen Ruppe's 20-yard pass to Connor Griffin.

Lake Oswego ran the ball twice as much as it threw but, once again, Ruppe was incredibly efficient when his name was called.

Ruppe completed 11 of 14 passes for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both to Griffin.

The Lakers padded the lead in he second quarter on a five-yard run by J.B. Holmes. Holmes ran for 111 yards in the game as Lake Oswego featured a balanced attack once again.

Lake Oswego didn't get frustrated with its miscues in the first half and the defense was terrific in not allowing McNary much of a chance to get on the board and make the score even closer.

“The defense really played well and (McNary) never really threatened much,” Coury said.

Lake Oswego was also adjusting to playing without lineman and co-defensive player of the year Austin Faunce, who was given the game off to heal up for the team's playoff run.

The Lakers quickly seized control of the game in the second half. Ruppe hit Griffin for a 41-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Lake Oswego started to find its rhythm.

The Lakers started to chew up the clock as the defense continued to hold its ground. McNary rushed for just 47 yards in the game and threw for 141.

The Lakers padded the score with a pair of short touchdown runs from Holmes to make it 33-0.

For the team's final touchdown, the defense got into the action. Chad Walker picked off a McNary pass and returned it 55 yards for a score.

In all it was a solid start for the Lakers who will now host a solid South Medford team on Friday. South Medford beat Beaverton 28-14 to advance.

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