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West Linn rolls in play-in game


Louie Germain runs for 348 yards as Lions move on to face Southridge

West Linn put together a dominating performance in its play-in game Friday, pounding Grant with 543 yards of total offense in a 42-20 victory.

The game wasn't even as close as the game would indicate as two of the Generals' touchdowns came on plays of more than 50 yards and another came on a short interception return.

The Lions used a balanced attack in the first half to build a 28-7 lead and then salted the game away with a steady rushing performance.

With Louie Germain returning to the lineup, the Lions made him the focal point of the offense again. Germain had 43 carries in the game and rushed for 348 yards and five touchdowns.

Grant didn't have much of an answer as the Lions steadily chewed up yards and clock.

West Linn got on the board first, scoring midway through the opening quarter on a 6-yard run from Germain.

After a defensive stop, Germain would score again from the 1-yard line to give the Lions a 14-0 advantage.

Grant stopped the bleeding quickly, responding just two minutes later on a 63-yard pass from Chris Fernandez to Da'Marea Stigler to cut the lead in half.

That one play would account for nearly half of Grant's yardage in the first two quarters.

West Linn also had success through the air in the first half as Hayden Coppedge completed 11 of 15 passes for 205 yards. Elijah Molden and Kurt Moon each had three catches.

The Lions would answer Grant's score with a nice drive, punctuated by another short touchdown run from Germain.

West Linn would start to tighten the screws late in the half. Looking to take a commanding lead into the locker room, the Lions drove deep into Grant territory and Kevin Edwards caught a 2-yard pass from Coppedge to make it 28-7.

The Lions appeared to be firmly in control but Grant would score just seconds into the second half, intercepting a pass and returning it for a score. Cam Schmitz would block the extra point to make it 28-13.

West Linn relied almost solely on the ground game in the second period, only attempting three passes.

With 3:11 left in the third quarter, Germain broke one of his longest runs of the night, going 31 yards for a touchdown to help the Lions re-establish momentum.

Grant would stay within striking distance, breaking a 52-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to get back within two possessions.

However, the Lions would answer almost immediately, marching down the field in three minutes and getting another short touchdown from Germain.

West Linn was then able to stop the Grant offense and advance to the 32-team playoff bracket.

West Linn is seeded No. 25 in the state and has a tough test Friday. The Lions will travel to Southridge to play the No. 8 Skyhawks at 7 p.m.