2017 Youth Football
Lake Oswego 26, Tualatin 22: The Lakers 5/6 team used its offense to build a big lead on Saturday, but saw its defense step up to save the day in its 26-22 win over Tualatin.
At the start of the game, LO's Colin Best turned a third-and-long into a touchdown. Then, after Tobia Tagliabue Mikel's kickoff pinned Tualatin at its own 10, a Timberwolf breakaway TD was called back and LO got a stop behind tackles for losses from Oliver Macy and Jaegar.
Later, Max Brauner intercepted a Tualatin pass, and Carter Moore then connected with Matt Layne for a 60-yard pass and a score. Moore then hit Jace Burton for the PAT.
Tualatin scores on its next series but does not convert the extra point. Two series later, the offensive live of Tai Tovey, Carter Craig, Rylan McClaskey, Colin Pape and Mac McNish open a hole for Burton's 20-yard run, and Moore hit Layne with a 40-yard pass for another Laker TD.
On the next series, Sarsland deflected a pass, Charles Nauheim and Tovey both had tackles for losses, and the Lakers forced another three-and-out.
Tualatin answered when Jalen Fortier broke away for a TD and a two-point conversion. Tualatin then intercepted a pass on the next series, but Sarsland made a tackle on the return. Fortier scored again for Tualatin, and the Wolves then forced a Lake Oswego three-and-out. Tualatin was driving for the winning score when Best picked Fortier's pass to seal their 26-22 victory.
PACER 5/6 BLUE
Lakeridge 24, Mountainside 8: The Pacers took on Mountainside in their last home game of the season and saw their offense get off to rough start due in part to one of their star linemen, Christopher Azari, being out of action because of an injury.
The Pacers were scoreless at halftime but never gave up. They re-grouped and rallied against the large Mountainside team. First, the Pacer defense came back , getting defensive plays by Sam Pottmeyer, Cal Larsson, Charlie King and Ben Jones to hold Mountainside to only one first down in the entire second half. Corners Jaden Sawn and Jack Barss were dominant over Mountainside's wide receivers and helped keep the Mustangs scoreless in the half.
On offense, the Pacers got plays by Hunter Lawrie, Cole Holum and Tim Price that propelled them to a 24-point lead. Quarterback Matt Irwin had another outstanding performance, both defensively and offensively. He scored all three Lakeridge touchdowns in the game, including an interception return for a score.
Next up, Lakeridge plays at Scappoose at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Clackamas 18, Lakeridge 6: After a season filled with wins, the 3/4 Pacers wound up on the other side of the score on Saturday, dropping an 18-6 decision to talented Clackamas at Lakeridge High School. The loss marked the team's first defeat since 2015.
The game began as a defensive battle, but Clackamas' overall defensive speed prevented the Pacers from finding an offensive rhythm. Drew Weiler accounted for Lakeridge's only score while Michael Asher, Merik Adler and Gabe Maloney anchored the Pacers' defensive effort. Next up, Lakeridge plays at Reynolds on Saturday.
LAKERIDGE PACER 8TH GRADERS
Lakeridge 22, Liberty 13: The Lakeridge Pacers eighth-grade football team dug itself out of an early hole on Saturday to notch their second win of the season, beating Liberty 22-13.
Liberty scored two early touchdowns to put the Pacers on their heels, but Lakeridge fought back with varied offensive formations, as well as the two-headed monster of Justin Lawrie and Mason Slapper, who unleashed a punishing running attack for which Liberty had no answer. The Pacer offensive and defensive lines were the other difference-makers, allowing the Pacer runners room to run and holding Liberty's offense to just one touchdown. Marselis Royster, who played every offensive and defensive snap, was instrumental in the trenches.
Zac Jett ended Liberty's late-game threat with an interception and nifty 20-yard return.
Next up, Lakeridge plays at Lake Oswego on Saturday.
LAKE OSWEGO VARSITY
Lake Oswego 20, Wilsonville 13: Jack Layne rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Lake Oswego varsity squad (3-1) to a 20-13 victory at Wilsonville (1-3) on Saturday afternoon at Wilsonville High School.
The Lakers jumped out to a 20-0 lead behind a running game that racked up 262 yards from scrimmage. In addition to Layne's 182 yards on 25 carries, Zachery Grisham rushed for 83 yards and a score on 11 attempts.
The running game was more than enough to support a defense that kept Wilsonville off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter thanks to two interceptions from William Hunt and a team-high eight tackles by Grisham. The Laker defensive front also set the tone on the line of scrimmage, highlighted by four tackles apiece from Finn McAuley, Conor Cowley and Austin Leykam, three from Gavin McGuire and Tatum Lewis, and two each by Miguel Mehaffey, Thomas Rainey, Layne and Hunt.
After a goal-line defensive stop, the Lakers took an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter on a nine-play, 81-yard drive. Layne finished the effort by shaking off several Wilsonville tackles to go 43 yards up the middle for the score. Layne then went back up the middle for the two-point conversion run and eight-point lead.
Lake Oswego added a second score late in the third quarter with a four-play, 58-yard drive capped by a 47-yard scoring dash from Layne.
It didn't take long for the Lakers to put the ball into the end zone again. On the very next play from scrimmage, Hunt picked off his second pass of the day to set up an eight-play, 58-yard drive that gave the Lakers a 20-point lead. Grisham finished the drive with a punishing 19-yard score up the left sideline.
The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the closing moments, but McAuley recovered an onside kick after the second score to seal the game.
Next up, Lake Oswego hosts Lakeridge (2-2) at Lake Oswego High School at 9 a.m. Saturday.
LAKERIDGE PACER 5/6 WHITE
Lakeridge 34, Canby 0: The Lakeridge Pacer 5/6 White Team marked its fifth game of the season with a big win over the Canby Cougars. On the first play of the game, Casen Emmett recovered the Pacer kickoff and led the offense into the end zone in four plays, with Casen Emmett connecting with Keaton Emmett for the touchdown and conversion.
Other big offensive plays by Joey Olsen, Milo Harris and Jax Grable pushed the Pacers to a 28-0 lead in the first half, with Tashi Crofut putting up 12 points offensively.
Key stops by Olsen, Gabe Motschenbacher and Korbin Taft, along with key plays by Kyle McFarland, Charlie Coyne, Ben Burdette and Phineas Baker-Wade kept the Cougars scoreless. The Lakeridge 5/6 White team is now 5-0 and tied with West Linn 5/6 Black atop the Harrison-Pacific division.
Next up, the Pacers host West Linn at Lakeridge High School at 9 a.m. Saturday.
LO 7TH GRADERS
Lake Oswego 26, Century 18: Hosting Century on Saturday, LO took charge with a long opening drive behind the running of Luke Filkins and Joe Ferguson, topped off by a two-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Oliver to Henry Smith.
After a strong defensive stand, Lake Oswego scored again with a 44-yard TD pass from Oliver to Ethan Park. The Lakers also played strong on defense, with Seth Looney, Colin Meyn, Thomas Bernasek, Christian Bedford and Calvin Macy leading the charge.
Lake Oswego led 14-6 at half, then added to that edge in the third quarter when Oliver again found Park for a 54-yard TD, then hit Smith for another 27-yard touchdown pass.
For the game, Oliver was on fire, completing 10 of 13 for 170 yards passing with four TDs. Smith finished with 76 yards receiving and two TDs, while Park had 95 yards receiving and two TDs. Filkins rushed for 79 yards and Macy recorded nine tackles (three for loss and two sacks).