Lake Oswego capitalizes on great field position en route to a big victory

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's J.B. Holmes makes a run during a rainy first half of last week's Civil War game.The 2012 Civil War game was a microcosm of both Lake Oswego and Lakeridge's football seasons this fall. The Lakers looked utterly dominant, scoring on their first seven possessions in the first half, clicking on offense, defense and special teams.

For Lakeridge's part, the team which was lacking in depth from the start of the season, showed the wear that a handful of crucial injuries has wreaked and although they continued to fight, the Pacers simply couldn't match up in a 61-7 defeat.

Lakeridge picked up a first down on a short pass to Nick Yun on its opening drive but Lake Oswego would sack Eric Dungey and the ensuing fumble was recovered by Austin Faunce.

Lake Oswego took just three plays to score with J.B. Holmes running into the end zone from nine yards out.

Another sack from Faunce ended Lakeridge's next drive and the Lakers needed just two plays to cash it in. Jack Anderson, playing quarterback in the wildcat formation, threw a 21-yard touchdown to Connor Griffin to quickly make it 14-0.

Later in the quarter, another three-play drive extended Lake Oswego's lead. Nick Palermini hauled in a 39-yard pass from Justen Ruppe before Anderson broke a 25-yard touchdown run.

Lake Oswego attempted just four passes in the game, completing three of them.

Lakeridge fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Lake Oswego overcame a holding penalty with three runs by Spencer Anderson, including a three-yard touchdown plunge.

The Lakers made it 35-0 early in the second quarter on an 18-yard touchdown run from Holmes. Then, another fumble on the kick-off gave the Lakers the ball deep in Lakeridge territory again. Anderson scored on the very next play from 15 yards out.

“I felt like we practiced well this week and the kids just came out ready to play,” Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury said.

A constant heavy rain in the first half made a very tough task even harder for the Pacers who struggled with fumbles and had difficulty in the passing game.

Dungey completed 13 of 24 passes but for just 59 yards.

Lake Oswego made it 49-0 midway through the second quarter on an 11-yard run by Nick Underwood as the Lakers continued to capitalize on great starting field position.

After the Pacers came up with their first defensive stop of the night, they started to move the ball, converting on fourth down with a keeper from Dungey. Dane Reinhart had a first-down reception as well but a penalty and a sack set up a long fourth-down play and A.J. Van Leeuwen was able to come up with a late interception for the Lakers.

“It's a tough deal what they're going through right now and we've all been there but I thought both teams played with class,” Coury said.

Lake Oswego pounded the ball to start the second half, running the ball five straight times with Max Morton. Morton would score on a six-yard run to make it 55-0.

Lakeridge responded with its best drive of the game. Yun got the brunt of the work, running the ball well and helping move the Pacers into scoring range. Dungey would put Lakeridge on the board on a five-yard keeper with two minutes to play in the third quarter.

Both teams kept the ball on the ground almost entirely in the second half. Lake Oswego would score once more in the fourth quarter, getting a seven-yard run by Nick Amacher.

Despite Lake Oswego's dominance in the league this year, the Lakers have yet to officially wrap up the league title. The Lakers will take on 3-1 Oregon City next week and will look to keep its streak of TRL victories alive.

Lakeridge will take on West Linn. The Lions are also 0-4 in league this year.

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