The Pacers are shut out in the first two quarters and fall to 0-2 in league

The woes for the Lakeridge football team continued on Friday when a slow first half cost the Pacers against an improved Clackamas squad in a 45-21 loss.

Lakeridge was shut out in the first half and the Cavaliers, a predominantly pass-heavy team so far this year, ran wild on the Pacers en route to the win.

The Pacers' offense had its first real hiccup of the season in the first two quarters on homecoming.

Lakeridge struggled to move the ball consistently and couldn't execute on third down, which allowed Clackamas to control the opening half.

“We were just out of sync. We laid an egg in the first half which is something that hasn't happened all year,” coach Tom Smythe said.

The Cavaliers tested Lakeridge's run defense and had plenty of early success, eating up big chunks of yardage and scoring on four drives to build a 24-0 advantage.

“It's not surprise that people will try to run at us. We're just not very physical defensively. We have to figure out a way to get our guys in a position to make plays and they have to be able to execute and make the play,” Smythe said.

Lakeridge started to find its rhythm in the second half. The Pacers scored first in the third quarter on a 13-yard pass from Eric Dungey to Rick Hiller.

But Clackamas was able to keep Lakeridge at arm's length as it continued to move the ball easily. The Pacers simply didn't get enough stops to facilitate a comeback. The Cavaliers ran for nearly 350 yards.

“I really thought we'd be better defensively than we were last year but the great thing about team sports is that you get another chance next week and the team is still practicing hard. The kids know the challenge,” Smythe said.

Lakeridge scored again in the third quarter on a big pass from Dungey to Chase Clark that went for 46 yards.

The Pacers tacked on their final touchdown late in the game on a 15-yard run by Dungey.

“We blocked better for Eric in the second half and he got very aggressive. He was really effective running the ball for us,” Smythe said.

This week Lakeridge will take on Lincoln at home in a non-league contest. The Cardinals are currently 0-5.

“They've had some of the same problems we have on defense but they have a couple of really big guys on their line,” Smythe said.

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