Lake Oswego falls to 2-3 in league and hosts David Douglas in a play-in game

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Jordan Horak finds some room after making a reception during last week's regular season finale against Oregon City. The Lakers face David Douglas at home on Friday.Oregon City rallied from a 14-point deficit on Friday to hand Lake Oswego its third league defeat of the season, sending the Lakers to their first-ever play-in game this week.

After allowing the Pioneers to tie the game in the third quarter, the Lakers appeared as if they would be able to claw out a 17-14 win following Ethan Agritelley's clutch 34-yard field goal with just ove two minutes to play.

However, Oregon City's Trevon Bradford quashed the Lakers' excitement with a dramatic 93-yard kickoff return, sealing Lake Oswego's fate 21-17 at home.

With as close as the league has been this season, a victory would have given the Lakers a share of the league title but a loss, coupled with Lakeridge's win over West Linn, dropped Lake Oswego to a tie for fourth place.

After a slow start offensively for both teams, the Lakers picked up their defense in the second period.

A 12-play, 74-yard drive ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Verburg to Craig Hodges.

Later in the period, Hodges would score on a nine-yard run.

Hodges did damage for the Lakers again on both sides of the ball, intercepting a pair of passes in the game.

Lake Oswego preserved its first-half shutout late in the second quarter when Oregon City's 35-yard field goal missed.

Oregon City rallied impressive in the third quarter. After a defensive stop, the Pioneers scored in just two plays to cut the lead in half.

Then, after the Lakers fumbled deep in Oregon City territory, the Pioneers methodically moved down the field and scored on a short run to tie the score.

Lake Oswego continued to move the ball well against the solid Oregon City defense, getting deep into the Pioneers' territory again, but a pair of sacks knocked the Lakers back.

Agritelley then stepped up and knocked through a huge field goal as Lake Oswego regained the lead.

However, the excitement was short-lived as Bradford found room and beat the Laker coverage to the end zone, sparking a big celebration.

To Lake Oswego's credit, the team again moved the ball in the final minutes, getting close to scoring range before an interception by Bradford at the 10-yard line clinched the win.

The Lakers out-gained Oregon City for the game and Verburg threw for 225 yards and a score.

Lake Oswego will host David Douglas in a play-in game on Friday at 7 p.m. The Scotsmen are 0-9 this season and lost 35-0 to Oregon City earlier in the year.

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