Joe Sindlinger makes the decisive catch on the games final play, clinching a 20-14 victory
Lakeridge couldn't have picked a more dramatic way to end its nine-year drought against crosstown rival Lake Oswego. It was a frustrating and turnover-plagued game for both teams but perhaps the only thing that will likely be remembered about the contest for years to come will be Joe Sindlinger's athletic grab in the end zone on the final play of regulation to give the Pacers a 20-14 victory.
There were a total of nine turnovers in the game, the final being a Jordan Horak interception at the two-yard line as Lakeridge was driving for a potential game-winning touchdown.
But the Pacers got one more stop, forcing a short punt and, with just five seconds remaining, quarterback Eric Dungey scrambled and found the lanky Sindlinger in single coverage in the corner of the end zone for a dramatic 33-yard catch.
The teams traded turnovers early in the game but Lake Oswego got on the scoreboard first on a three-yard quarterback keeper from Zach Parker.
Lake Oswego would tack on another score on a fourth-and-one play when AJ Van Leeuwen went 12 yards on an end around to make it 14-0.
But the Lakers would be shut out for the remainder of the game.
Lakeridge got on the scoreboard with just 31 seconds left in the half on an 18-yard touchdown catch by JR McLaughlin that seemed to boost the team heading into the locker room.
For the second week in a row, Lakeridge shut out its opponent in the second half.
The Pacers continued to hurt themselves on offense but would tie the game late in the third quarter on a scramble from Dungey. He would fumble into the end zone but the Pacers recovered.
After an interception by Horak deep in Lakeridge territory, it appeared that the Lakers were in perfect position to take the lead.
But the Lakers fumbled the snap on the next play. Dungey would throw an interception on Lakeridge's next drive but Lakeridge got a big stop to set up the final score.
The Pacers and Lakers can each tie for the league title if they win their respective season finales next week. Lakeridge plays West Linn while Lake Oswego takes on league-leading Oregon City.
For more coverage of the game, see this Thursday's issue of the Review.