Lake Oswego isnt quite at its best but does enough to oust the Skyhawks 28-21

The Lake Oswego football team endured stiff challenge from Southridge last week, overcoming a rash of miscues and injuries to prevail with a 28-21 victory to complete its preseason slate unscathed.

The Lakers were already a bit shorthanded heading into the game as starting quarterback Justen Ruppe was unable to play due to an ankle injury he suffered against Central Catholic.

Lake Oswego's back-up Harrison Ramey then got hit on the second play of the game and injured his arm which hampered him for much of the contest.

The Lakers' center, Kyle Peterson, also went down with an injury early in the second quarter, forcing Lake Oswego to make adjustments on its offensive line.

“The whole rhythm was just kind of out of sync and not quite there,” coach Steve Coury said.

Still, Lake Oswego's defense held serve and the Lakers came up with enough big plays to fend off a solid opponent.

Southridge scored first, beating the Lakers on a 69-yard pass play to go up 7-0.

Lake Oswego would counter later in the quarter when Ramey found running room and broke a 30-yard touchdown scramble to knot the score.

Ramey only completed six passes in the game but he made them count.

In the second period, Ramey hit Connor Griffin for a play that went 88 yards to give the Lakers their first lead of the game at 13-7 when the snap on the extra point was bobbled.

Lake Oswego's running attack also performed well, helping the Lakers chew up yardage and clock in the second half.

“We just didn't play as well as we're capable of but we did a lot of good things still,” Coury said.

The Lakers ran for 247 yards, 132 of which were picked up by J.B. Holmes. Spencer Anderson also ran for 83 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Ramey's pass to Nick Underwood for the two-point conversion made it 21-7.

Lake Oswego's defense did a nice job slowing down Southridge's running game, holding the Skyhawks' tailback to just 89 yards on 17 carries and the team to less than 100 yards on the ground.

Southridge found some success through the air, however and cut it to a one-possession game later in the third quarter on a 15-yard pass.

“They threw the ball over our heads a few times and our corners need to do a better job with that,” Coury said.

When the Lakers needed a big play in the secondary the team responded, particularly Jordan Horak who tallied a pair of interceptions in the game.

Lake Oswego stayed resilient despite getting hit with Southridge's best effort. Another connection from Ramey to Griffin, this time from 29 yards out, gave the Lakers a 14-point lead again.

Southridge had one more answer, scoring on a seven-yard pass to make it 28-21 but couldn't come up with a final drive to potentially tie the game.

“It was good for our guys to be in a close game, especially one they ended up winning,” Coury said.

Lake Oswego completed the preseason 4-0 against some strong competition and will travel to West Linn on Friday to take on an improving Lions' squad.

The Lakers are still dealing with injuries as Ramey is likely out for this Friday's game and Ruppe is still questionable. Two younger Lake Oswego quarterbacks are also unable to play due to a broken collar bone and a concussion which will cause the Lakers to scramble if Ruppe is unable to play.

“We've been putting Jordan Horak back there a little and Jack Anderson can do some things because he's such a good athlete. We know West Linn will be excited to play us so we have to be ready,” Coury said.

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