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Lions fall to physical Canby 38-7


West Linn hopes to pick up its first league win when it battles Lakeridge this Friday

The West Linn football team is hoping to finish the regular season on a positive note as it gets ready for a play-in game next week. The Lions faced another stiff challenge last Friday, taking on a big and physical Canby squad at home.

Wet conditions favored the Cougars who run a wing-T offense and primarily look to run the ball. Taht style won the evening as the Lions struggled to get anything going on the ground and had to throw through the rain to establish any kind of offense.

The result was a tough 38-7 loss which dropped West Linn to 0-4 in league.

Canby stuck with its game plan throughout the contest, using multiple backs to rack up 366 yards on the ground. The Cougars controlled the clock and steadily put the Lions away.

The Cougars' biggest play of the night came in the first quarter when Isaac Shrier broke a 55-yard run to put Canby on top 7-0 just two minutes into the contest.

Canby's physical defense made things difficult for the Lions who also hurt themselves. West Linn had three bad snaps in the first half, an issue that has plagued the team for much of the season.

West Linn moved the ball primarily through the air and Canby did well to avoid giving up the big play.

Quarterback Hayden Coppedge looked primarily to his favorite receiver Jarrod Howard. Coppedge completed 11 passes in the first half, nine of which went to Howard for 98 yards.

Gabe Sullwold also hauled in a 41-yard reception for West Linn's biggest play of the game.

After Canby's initial quick strike, the team was far more methodical, picking up yardage in chunks and controlling the clock.

The Cougars scored again early in the second quarter and a back-breaking touchdown with 28 seconds left in the half to make it 19-0.

West Linn's defense did an admirable job early on in the game, forcing a pair of turnovers. Cameron Schmitz recovered a fumble and came down with an interception for the team.

The Lions continued to struggle moving the ball in the second half. Including 56 yards of negative offense on the errant punts, West Linn ran for -46 yards in the contest.

Canby scored twice more, bumping the lead to 31-0. The Cougars missed two extra points and failed on a pair of two-point conversion attempts in the game.

West Linn finally got on the board with three minutes left in the game. Matt Fletcher led a West Linn drive down the field and hit Dalton Tuor for a 12-yard touchdown.

Canby answered just seconds later on another 55-yard touchdown run to finish the scoring.

For the game, the Cougars had five different players score rushing touchdowns.

Howard finished with a game-high 15 catches for 147 yards.

West Linn now gears up for its last regular season game when it travels to Lakeridge this Friday. Both teams hoped this meeting would be under different circumstances this year, perhaps with the Lions and Pacers vying for an automatic playoff berth.

However, the teams have each struggled with injuries and with stopping opposing rushing attacks this year. Lakeridge is coming off a 61-7 loss to Lake Oswego last week.

Both teams are 0-4 in the TRL and the winner of Friday's contest will finish fifth in the league.