Lake Oswego scores 34 unanswered points after the Cougars get on the board first

by: VERN UYETAKE - Jack Anderson makes a move against a Canby defender during last week's victory on the road. Anderson ran for 96 yards in the game.The Lake Oswego football team found itself trailing against top-10 ranked Canby on Friday, but the Lakers calmly went about their business, posting 34 unanswered points en route to a very impressive 41-20 win over Canby.

The Cougars may end up being Lake Oswego’s biggest challengers to the league title this year but the Lakers handled them impressively.

Canby was fired up to take on the defending state champions on their homecoming and marched down the field on its opening drive, scoring on a five-yard quarterback keeper to take a 7-0 lead.

Lake Oswego responded in just two minutes, getting a first-down catch from Mitch Lomax and then a 37-yard touchdown run by Spencer Anderson to quickly knot the score.

Canby had a lot of early success running the ball with its unique wing-T offense and went back to work steadily racking up yardage against the Lakers.

“They run a different offense and we did a good job planning for it. It just took a little while to figure it out,” coach Steve Coury said.

The Cougars converted on fourth down near midfield and drove to Lake Oswego’s six-yard line before a key fumble was recovered by Lake Oswego on fourth down.

Starting at their own nine-yard line, Lake Oswego got out of the shadow of its goalposts with two runs by J.B. Holmes before Jack Anderson got loose running from the wildcat formation and took a keeper 67 yards to the two-yard line.

“It’s something that’s kind of evolved after our quarterback got hurt and we’re really excited about it,” Coury said.

After a false start, Jack Anderson punched it in from seven yards out virtually untouched.

Jack Anderson would be Lake Oswego’s leading rusher on the night, picking up 96 yards on six carries from the quarterback position and he has given the Lakers another dangerous weapon on offense that other teams now have to prepare for.

“It’s something I did a little my freshman year. I told the coaches I wanted to try it and it’s fun to have the ball in my hands,” Anderson said.

Canby fumbled again on its next drive which was recovered by Spencer Anderson and returned all the way to the four-yard line.

Holmes would score on the next play and suddenly it was 20-7 midway through the second quarter.

“I thought our offensive line really dominated the game. They did a great job,” Coury said.

Canby was rattled after the turnovers and Lake Oswego capitalized, forcing a three-and-out.

Lake Oswego would then go on a 14-play drive, culminating with a one-handed touchdown grab by Romello Washington just 18 seconds before the break to push the lead to 27-7.

Canby had success running the ball against Lake Oswego but, when the Cougars were forced to throw due to the deficit, Lake Oswego didn’t give up much.

For the game Canby threw for just 66 yards.

Lake Oswego started the third quarter with the ball and moved down the field with another sustained drive, mixing the run and the pass.

Nick Underwood did the yeoman’s work on the ground and Holmes would punch in his second score of the game from one yard out to make it 34-7.

Canby finally came up with an answer on offense, scoring on a seven-yard quarterback sneak late in the third quarter.

Lake Oswego would answer quickly with a 67-yard drive ending with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Justen Ruppe to Connor Griffin.

Canby would tack on one more touchdown with five minutes to go in the game and would get the ball back late before fumbling to the Lakers for the third time in the contest.

With the win, the Lakers moved to 2-0 in league and are firmly in the driver’s seat in the race for another league title.

Lake Oswego will take on an improved Clackamas team this Thursday.

“It’s a short week which is always a little difficult and Clackamas is definitely starting to get it back to where they should be,” Coury said. The Cavaliers knocked off West Linn on Friday.

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