Sherrell, defense lead the way in a 33-21 win over Lakeridge

The Clackamas Cavaliers on Friday continued on track for one of their best football seasons in school history, as they upped their season record to 5-0 with a 33-21 win over Lakeridge.

Clackamas senior running back Dan Sherrell continued his offensive heroics, while a driving rain and Clackamas defenders made things tough on Pacer quarterback Eric Dungey.

Sherrell rushed 31 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns. His 4-yard sprint to paydirt early in the game helped stake the Cavaliers to a 7-0 lead. Sherrell’s 7-yard touchdown run in the second period made it 24-8 Clackamas; and when Sherrell broke loose for a 64-yard touchdown run early in the third period, the scoreboard read Clackamas 31, Lakeridge 8, and the game was in hand.

Dungey, who has been heralded as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the state, struggled. The 6-4, 195-pound junior helmsman completed 15-of-24 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown, and he was intercepted twice. And Dungey picked up only 61 yards in 12 rushing plays.

A week earlier Dungey had generated 505 yards in offense, passing for 372 yards and rushing for 133 yards in a 31-21 loss to then unbeaten Oregon City.

Clackamas, in last Friday’s win, also scored on an 11-yard touchdown run by senior running back Dalon Hudson; and on a safety, when Dungey was charged with intentional grounding when he threw the ball away as Clackamas defender Newton Blair was about to sack him in the end zone.

Clackamas kicker Michael McDonald split the uprights for a 30-yard field goal, and he was a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT kicks.

Hudson netted 52 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Despite the loss, Lakeridge finished with a 355- to 315-yard edge in total offense.

Clackamas defenders forced five Lakeridge turnovers. Jaeden Abraham and Hayden Kirsch both intercepted passes; Nick Curtis and Landon Swenson recovered Pacer fumbles; and Abraham recovered an onside kick.

Brett Peterson, Zach Farnes, Nathan Kemp and Bryce Dickey were the Cavaliers’ leading tacklers.

The win left the Cavaliers (5-0, 1-0), West Linn (3-2, 1-0) and Canby (3-2, 1-0) atop the Three Rivers League standings after the first of five weeks of league play.

It’s the Cavaliers’ best start to a season since 2005, when Clackamas went 9-2 and won its first six league games. Clackamas’ only losses that year were to Lake Oswego (21-9) in league and to 2005 state semifinalist Tualatin (35-19) in the second round of the state playoffs.

In other games last Friday, West Linn pulled off the upset of the year, winning a 7-3 barnburner at Lake Oswego; and Canby dealt Oregon City its first loss of the season, 20-15.

Heading into the 2013 season, Lake Oswego had a 48-game win string going in league.

Before last Friday, the Lakers had not lost a league game since 2004, when they went 6-1 in the TRL and finished second to Clackamas. They lost to Clackamas 10-6 that year, in an Oct. 26 game played at Clackamas.

Friday’s West Linn victory was the first time the Lions had beaten Lake Oswego since Oct. 15, 1999, when West Linn prevailed 55-35, in a game played at Lake Oswego. Lake Oswego’s last league loss at home was in a game with Lakeridge in 2003.

The Lakers were state champions in 2011 and state finalists last fall.

Clackamas could face a stiff test this Friday, when the Cavaliers play West Linn, at West Linn.

West Linn senior quarterback Hayden Coppedge has passed for 1,356 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, completing 100-of-149 passes (67 percent).

West Linn senior running back Louie Germain has rushed 132 times for 809 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Lions’ challenge will be to stop Sherrell, who has rushed for 1,041 yards and scored 15 touchdowns on 119 carries in Clackamas’ first five games.

Cougars, rain

stop Oregon City

The rain and Canby’s defense caused problems for Oregon City’s football team Friday night at Canby, and the Pioneers struggled to generate much offense, as they tasted their first defeat of the season in a 20-15 loss to the Cougars.

Oregon City, which had averaged 421 yard in offense a game, managed only 246 yards in offense in the losing effort.

Pioneer quarterback Jon Hall, who had completed 10-of-14 passes a week earlier in a 31-21 win over Lakeridge, struggled, connecting with receivers on only 12-of-29 passes.

And Oregon City standout running back Conner Mitchell, who had rushed for 812 yards in four previous games, was held to just 93 yards on 19 carries — his first game under 100 yards.

The Pioneers got off to a good start to the game. Trevon Bradford halted a Cougar drive with an interception at the Oregon City 10.

Six plays later, Matt Oades hauled in a 33-yard pass from Hall for a 7-0 lead.

But then things began to change. Early in the second quarter, Canby 5-10, 185-pound tailback Dominic Shorter capped off a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard dive into the end zone, knotting the score at 7-7.

And the next time the Cougars got the ball they scored again, with Shorter breaking loose for a 55-yard touchdown run, making it 14-7 Canby at the half.

Shorter capped off another drive on the Cougars’ second possession of the third quarter with a six-yard sprint to paydirt, upping Canby’s lead to 20-7.

It looked like the Pioneers might get a touchdown back when Mitchell returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards to the Cougar 31.

But four plays later, Canby cornerback Noah Kyllo picked off a pass in the end zone, and the Cougars were in the driver’s seat.

The Pioneers squandered away another scoring opportunity in the fourth quarter, when Oregon City defensive back Jonathan Marquett intercepted a pass and returned it deep into Cougar territory, only to have the ball brought back by a blocking penalty.

Hall hooked up with Oades for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 1:53 left to play, but it proved too little too late.

Following a bad snap from center on the PAT, Oregon City holder Clay Valenzuela-Reece passed to kicker Alex Canchola for the two-point conversion, leaving the Cougars with their 20-15, five-point margin of victory.

Shorter headed Canby’s offense, rushing 24 times for 116 yards and scoring all three Cougar touchdowns.

Oades had a good night, hauling in eight passes for 118 yards and scoring both Pioneer touchdowns.

Canby finished with a 252- to 246-yard edge in total offense on the night.

It was the sixth year in a row that Canby has defeated Oregon City at the varsity level in football. The Cougars have not lost a varsity football game to Oregon City since 1991.

Oregon City (4-1, 0-1) will attempt to get back on the win track this Friday, when the Pioneers host Grant (1-4) in a nonleague game. The Pioneers return to league play on Thursday, Oct. 10, when they entertain West Linn.

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