Lakeridge routs Wilson 55-0 in belated season opener
A week ago, the Lakeridge football team saw its 2017 season opener delayed when Roosevelt canceled the contest.
On Friday, the Pacers made Wilson wonder whether it should have done the same.
Lakeridge, playing at Wilson High School in its belated season opener, raced out to a huge first-half lead, sped through a running clock second half and rolled to a dominant 55-0 victory.
After being forced to wait an extra week to get their season started, the Pacers reveled in the experience.
"It set us back when we were unable to play last week, so it was fun to get out there," said senior defensive end Joe Marini, who blocked and recovered a Wilson punt, and also recovered another Trojan fumble. "It was a lot nicer to hit someone else."
"It kind of killed us not getting to play last week, but we took that as motivation to get ready for this and league play," said senior running back Nick Hoddevik, who rushed seven times for a team-high 79 yards and three touchdowns. "We were amped."
"It was good to get everything out on the field," added junior quarterback Charlie Maynes, who went 5 of 11 passing for 71 yards and also ran for a touchdown. "That extra week helped us to refine ourselves and get the bad stuff out, but it was just great to be out there with my guys and play a game."
With the win, the Pacers improved to 1-0 on the young 2017 season and set the table for their Three Rivers League opener, a 7 p.m. Friday home game against Tualatin (2-0 after a 53-0 win over Battle Ground, Washington, on Friday).
"We're for sure going to take some momentum into next week," Hoddevik said. "We're a lot different than last year. We're a lot more motivated and we're trying to prove ourselves and trying to make a name for ourselves in league this year."
"Tualatin is definitely on that checklist, but really, we just want to win every home game and win every game — that's the goal," Maynes said.
Lakeridge did almost everything right against an overmatched Wilson (0-2 overall) squad on Friday. The Pacers scored on seven of eight first-half possessions, forced three turnovers and held the Trojans to minus-9 yards in total offense.
Lakeridge opened with a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive that ended when Hoddevik went over left guard for a seven-yard scoring run just 3 minutes, 19 seconds into the contest.
The Pacer defense then forced a three-and-out, and when Wilson's Mathew Jacobsen tried to punt from his own 36-yard line, Marini blocked the kick, then pulled the ball out of the air at the Trojans' 24.
While Lakeridge failed to score on the ensuing possession — Maynes was picked off by Wilson's Nicholas Bilaniv on first down — the Pacers' "D" stuffed the Trojans again, and after another Jacobsen punt, Lakeridge took over on the Wilson 40.
From there, it took the Pacers just three plays to score, with Jalen John picking up 30 yards on two carries, Hoddevik adding seven more and Maynes scoring untouched from three yards out to make it 13-0 with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Two plays later, following a bad snap over Wilson quarterback Ben Fowler's head, Marini recovered the ball at the Trojans' one-yard line. John scored on the next play to make it 20-0.
The Pacers were back on offense just 58 seconds later after Andre Martinez picked off a Fowler pass on the left side and gave his team possession at the Trojans' 44. Then, Lakeridge was back in the end zone just two plays later, with Hoddevik taking a dive for 43 yards on first down, then punching it in on the next play for a 27-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Wilson turned the ball over on downs two plays into the second frame, and from there, Maynes scrambled for 10 yards on the first play and John did the rest, taking a handoff up the middle, then cutting right and racing 31 yards for a TD and a 34-0 lead.
Wilson punted again after three plays, and the Pacers responded with a 48-yard scoring drive. Maynes hit Matt Petersen for a 37-yard pickup to the Trojan 15, hit Petersen again for six more, then saw Hoddevik go over right tackle for nine yards, the touchdown and a 41-0 edge with 7:01 left in the half.
The Pacers weren't done with their first-half onslaught, either. On second down of Wilson's next offensive series, Lakeridge sophomore Caden Biege-Wetherbee picked off a Fowler pass on the left side and took it back 40 yards for a score and a 48-0 lead with 5:16 still remaining before the half.
In the second half, with a running clock in use throughout the final two quarters, neither team scored until Wilson turned the ball over on downs at its own eight-yard line with 1:38 to go. Biege-Wetherbee did the honors from there, scoring on first down for the final 55-0 margin.
"It was really nice to get out there because we can't really hit each other at practice — you don't want to hurt your own players — so it was very nice to get out there," Marini said. "I'm excited. I think we'll do a lot better this year. Compared to last year, I think we'll go far this year."
After the game, both Maynes and Hoddevik gave credit to offensive linemen Tiger Shanks, T.J. Jakmauh, Kai Tinker, Michael Seals and Riley Wall.
"The guys up front, I think we're top five in the league up front," Hoddevik said. "I'd take my line over almost anyone in league. Honestly, I'm blessed to even run behind them. They make it easy to get to the second level for sure."
"Every guy on that line … they just work really hard every day and they put those boys on the ground," Maynes added. "They're great guys."
John added another 71 yards on five carries, while Petersen led the Pacers with two catches for 47 yards. For Wilson, Taveras Tims had 15 carries for 51 yards, while Fowler went 8 of 16 passing for minus-four yards with two interceptions.