Second-half flurry dooms Lions in opener
West Linn takes a three-touchdown lead against Coeur dAlene but gives up 43 unanswered points
West Linn's football team thoroughly outplayed Coeur d'Alene, a team that has won the Idaho state championship two of the past three years, for the first half but ran out of steam coming out of the locker room in a 49-35 loss.
The Lions forced three first-quarter turnovers and built a 28-6 lead but couldn't hold it, giving up 43 unanswered points.
Hayden Coppedge threw three touchdown passes in the first half, hitting brother Cody Coppedge, Braden Vogt and Cam Schmitz for scores.
The Lions' defense also did a nice job containing the Vikings' quick-strike offense. West Linn gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown and a fumble on a bad snap which spotted Coeur d'Alene a pair of touchdowns.
However, to start the third quarter, the Vikings tied the game in less than four minutes and never looked back and the Lions' inability to establish a running game game back to haunt them.
West Linn will travel to Grants Pass next Friday.