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Tualatin runs past Lakeridge in league opener

The Pacers can't keep up with the T-Wolves' relentless ground attack

Last Friday was a bellwether game for Lakeridge’s football team. The Pacers, as expected, easily handled a pair of PIL foes and looked good in the process, staying relatively healthy while settling into its complex offense.

Tualatin, in both teams’ league opener, would be a different beast, however. While the Pacers were competitive and showed flashes of brilliance on offense, the Timberwolves were simply too physical, pounding Lakeridge with their run game in a 52-21 victory.

Tualatin scored on its first five possessions and was difficult to slow in the first half, putting Lakeridge in a hole it couldn’t crawl out of.

While Lakeridge did well to limit the game-breaking plays, Tualatin was content to take what the Pacer defense gave it, chewing up yardage on the ground on a series of long, sustained drives.

Tualatin rushed for more than 250 yards in the first half alone en route to opening up a big lead.

Meanwhile, Lakeridge moved the ball well when it had the ball but was hampered by mistakes.

While the Pacers threatened multiple times in the opening half, penalties and a pair of bad snaps at inopportune times, hindered Lakeridge from at least keeping pace with the Timberwolves’ attack.

Nick Hoddevik continued his strong start to the season for the Pacers. He showed his breakthrough speed on a pair of touchdowns runs. The longest was an 80-yard burst to pay dirt. He also scored from 34 yards out as those two runs constituted 114 of his 140 yards rushing for the game.

To the Pacers’ credit, the team continued to fight until the end.

Quarterback Mike Irwin connected with Will Scadden early in the third quarter, cutting it to a two-touchdown game.

Lakeridge then held Tualatin to a field goal but couldn’t maintain momentum on offense. The Timberwolves bent but didn’t break defensively and came up with important third down stops to keep the Pacers at arm’s length.

Tualatin was able to run the clock and scored late in the game to put the contest out of reach.

Lakeridge has another difficult test ahead as it faces another strong running attack from Sherwood this Friday.

The Bowmen are off to a surprising 0-3 start against strong competition.