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Lakers win soggy Battle for the Lake

Lake Oswego wins a wet and penalty-riddled contest, faces Westview in the playoffs

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge tailback Holden Catlett muscles his way toward the goal line in the second half of last week's regular season finale between the Pacers and Lake Oswego.Lake Oswego wrapped up its regular season with a sloppy but convincing 58-20 victory over rival Lakeridge on Friday, entering the playoffs on a two-game winning streak.

In a game where emotions ran high, featuring myriad penalties on both sides, the Lakers did a better job at capitalizing on mistakes and rolled to a comfortable win.

With rain pouring down for the entire first half, points were difficult to come by in the opening quarter.

Lake Oswego cracked the scoreboard first when Ethan Agritelley punched through a 37-yard field goal.

Lakeridge had its chances in the early going, getting an interception from Brooks Dutton and moving into Lake Oswego territory on multiple occasions.

However, it was Lake Oswego that was able to come up with big plays in the second quarter, blowing the game open in the process.

After a defensive stop, Lake Oswego's Jake Dukart connected with Jordan Newlin from 32 yards out to make it 10-0.

Lakeridge's defense hung tough for most of the first half but it was put in a tough spot late in the second quarter.

After the Lakers missed a short field goal, a bad snap on a Lakeridge punt gave Lake Oswego the ball back at the one-yard line. Mitchell Verburg would score on a keeper one play later.

Another slippery snap on Lakeridge's next possession allowed Lake Oswego to recover a fumble and the Lakers would convert again on a five yard pass from Verburg to Cameron Nicklos.

Lakeridge would muster an impressive late drive, scoring on a seven-yard pass from Keaton Wood to Michael Kuhn with just 18.5 seconds to play in the half.

However, the Lakers would be the ones taking momentum into the locker room as, on the ensuing kickoff, Martin Sorrelhorse went 98 yards for a huge score, making it 30-7 at the half.

Lake Oswego would extend its advantage in the third quarter on another short touchdown run from Verburg and Lakeridge would counter with a quick drive and a three-yard touchdown run from Holden Catlett.

But that would be as close as the Pacers would get. Verburg got into the end zone for the third time in the game, breaking a 38-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach.

Lakeridge scored once more on another short burst from Catlett and recovered an onside kick but couldn't take advantage.

For the game, Lake Oswego ran for a combined 227 yards and Catlett had 116 by himself for the Pacers. The teams also combined for 263 yards of penalties.

Lake Oswego finishes the regular season 5-4 and will now travel to face No. 16 Westview on Friday in the first round of the playoffs. Lakeridge closes the year with a 1-8 record.