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Lions pour it on in play-in win over McKay


West Linn puts up 47 first-half points to put Fridays game away quickly and advance

by: TRACIE KRELLWITZ - West Linn's Nic Sullwold tries to break through a host of McKay tacklers during West Linn's play-in victory over the Royal Scots. The West Linn football team may be starting to put things together as the state tournament gets underway. After a convincing win over Lakeridge last week, the Lions rode that momentum into their play-in game and buried McKay at home last Friday 61-27.

The Royal Scots were thoroughly overmatched with West Linn getting a handful of big plays on offense, defense and special teams to put the game away by the half.

The Lions started the game well, stopping McKay on fourth down in the Royal Scots' territory to take over at the 39-yard line for their first possession.

After picking up a first down on the ground, Hayden Coppedge hit Braden Vogt for a 22-yard touchdown pass.

West Linn then forced a three-and-out and Ellis Eaton blocked the ensuing punt, giving the Lions the ball at the McKay 15-yard line.

Louie Germain would score two plays later on a three-yard run.

McKay continued to struggled moving the ball, going three and out again after Jarrod Howard stopped a running play with a tackle eight yards behind the line of scrimmage.

Once again, the Lions converted good field position into point. Germain bounced off McKay tacklers with some hard running and would score on a one-yard run.

McKay's next possession went awry as well when the Royal Scots followed a bad snap for a loss with an interception. Cameron Schmitz picked off the pass and returned it 39 yards for a score to make it 27-0 with just 15 seconds left in the first quarter.

However, the first-quarter scoring was far from over.

Despite not picking up a first down to that point, McKay's next play went for a 65-yard touchdown run by Tyler Gonzalez with 1.5 seconds left in the quarter.

McKay's momentum would last exactly that long however as Dalton Tuor fielded the ensuing kickoff at the four-yard line and returned it 96 yards down the sideline for another touchdown to make it 34-6 after just 12 minutes.

McKay moved the ball on its next possession, picking up first downs after the Lions committed three straight penalties.

The Royal Scots then fumbled and the Lions took over near midfield.

West Linn capitalized after another penalty took back a touchdown. Coppedge would connect with Howrad for a 10-yard score.

West Linn capped its first-half rout with a score late in the second quarter. A 21-yard catch by Howard set up a 50-yard scoring run by Tuor with just 34 seconds left.

The Lions looked to run clock to seal the game without picking up injuries in the second half.

West Linn didn't attempt a pass in the second half but still picked up plenty of yardage with many of the back-ups getting playing time.

The Lions scored again early in the third quarter on a four-yard keeper by Matt Fletcher.

McKay would tack on some late touchdowns as the vast majority of its yards were gained in the second half.

The Lions scored once more with 1:29 to play in the game on a 29-yard run by Nic Sullwold, pushing West Linn above the 60-point threshold.

With the win, West Linn advances to the 32-team state tournament and will take on a very strong team in No. 4 Southridge this Friday on the road.