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Lakers pick up important win over Newberg

Lake Oswego gets back to .500 in battle for fourth in the TRL


SETH GORDON - Adam Brumfield tries to break free of a Newberg tackler after making a catch in last weeks road victory.With fourth place in the Three Rivers League and the last automatic state playoff berth on the line, Newberg never got rolling in the second half and fell 42-22 to Lake Oswego Friday night at Loran Douglas Field.

The Lakers (4-4, 3-3) opened up a 14-0 lead early as Jake Dukart had the hot hand, connecting with Jordan Newlin early on for a 39-yard strike.

Then, after a defensive stop, Dukart hit Adam Brumfield from 24 yards out to make it 14-0 early.

“It’s a big confidence builder, especially putting up points like we did with good play on both sides,” Dukart said. “Going into a rivalry game next week playing well, and hopefully the playoffs, it’d be great to make a run.”

But the host Tigers roared to life with a pair of touchdowns in the in the second quarter to make it 21-14 at the break.

The first was a five-yard scoring run by Anthony Adams three plays in to the second quarter, with Hutton Peterson taking a pitch and running 10 yards for the second with 3:07 to play before the half.

In between, Lake Oswego had another strong drive, mixing up the pass and the run, culminating with a four-yard touchdown burst from Dukart.

With the game up for grabs, it was Lake Oswego that took the initiative with strong play on both sides of the ball in the third quarter.

The Lakers proceeded to score on their opening drive of the third quarter, as Dukart hit Jordan Newlin for a 12-yard touchdown on fourth down and two that made it 27-14.

After the Tigers converted a third down to advance to the Lakers’ 40-yard line, Lake Oswego sacked Newberg quarterback Anthony Adams twice and tackled him for a loss to force a punt.

Facing third-and-two from the Newberg 48, Dukart kept the ball on a read option, breaking through the middle of the defense and racing for his second rushing touchdown of the game, then added a two-point conversion pass to make it 35-14 with 11:48 remaining in the fourth.

“It really was a good one because we did it all game,” coach Steve Coury said. “I have a lot of respect for these guys, I really do, and to hold them to 22 points for us or anybody, I think, is an accomplishment. We played an entire game. We’ve been close. We’ve played people tough for periods and hurt ourselves. And we’re playing really good teams.

"That’s what I was trying to tell our kids. We’re playing really good teams and getting beat by really good teams. So I think we’re getting better and I felt good about tonight.”

Keenan DeRaeve helped to put the game away with a strip sack of Adams on Newberg’s next play from scrimmage. Dukart promptly hit Jordan Newlin for a 21-yard score two plays later to make it 42-14. It was Newlin’s third touchdown catch of the game.

“He’s a great player,” Coury said of Newlin. “He’s one of the best players I’ve had in my 25 years. He’s that good. He’s a pretty gifted kid. He makes tough catches for (Dukart), too. That’s what the good receivers do, they make some tough catches and bail the quarterback out maybe.

"Duke’s throwing it where the other guys can’t get it. We have a lot of good skill kids, we really do, so if we can keep him upright, we can make some things happen.”

Although the Tigers responded two plays later with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Adams to Byron Morris that made it 42-22 with 10:33 to play, the Lakers otherwise stymied Newberg’s veer-option rushing attack, which racked up more than 600 yards on the ground en route to scoring 53 points a week earlier versus Lakeridge.

“He’s a great player,” Coury said of Adams. “We have a lot of respect for him, so him not getting loose at all was really a key thing for us and I don’t think (running back Conner Morris) got real loose either. They had one big pitch play over here, but it was good. On the film we watched, all of those guys are dynamite, so holding them down like we did was just huge. They’re really good.”

On the flipside, it was a frustrating evening for Newberg, whose seniors were playing at home for the final time in their careers. If the Tigers weren’t hurting themselves with penalties or turnovers offensively, they felt like they were very close to coming up with stops only to have the Lakers make a big play.