Lakeridge gets back in the win column with Canby looming

The Lakeridge football team got a confidence booster last week as it looks to make some waves in a still wide-open Three Rivers League.

In a non-league match, the Pacers outlasted Lincoln 55-26, snapping a two-game losing streak, putting on an impressive offensive display in the process.

The teams traded punches early with Lakeridge putting together a nice early drive, capping it with a seven-yard touchdown run from Lopeti Aisea. Lincoln would answer with a strong drive of its own, going down the field in a little more than three minutes and knotting the score quickly.

But Lakeridge would start to take over after that with three unanswered touchdowns.

The Pacers regained the lead in less than two minutes as Eric Dungey hit Joe Singlinger on an eight-yard pass.

Dungey had a solid all-around game, spreading the wealth with completions to eight different receivers. He threw for 267 yards and four touchdowns and also led the team in rushing with 144 yards and another score.

Lakeridge featured a more balanced offense than it has in recent weeks, getting 137 combined yards on the ground from Aisea and Holden Catlett.

Aisea would break a 14-yard touchdown run later in the second quarter. After a turnover, Dungey then got free for a 41-yard scamper to blow the game open at 34-7.

However, the Cardinals would complete a 42-yard bomb in the end zone as time expired in the half to give the team a lift heading into the locker room.

Lincoln would strike quickly to open the third quarter, getting a 50-yard touchdown catch to cut into the lead further.

Lakeridge responded by taking the wind out of the Cardinals' sails. In a quick drive, Aisea got into the end zone for the third time on a 29-yard pass from Dungey.

JR McLaughlin would add another touchdown late in the quarter as the Pacers sealed the game.

Capping the scoring was Aisea once more, this time on defense as he hauled in an interception and ran 68 yards for a touchdown.

The Pacer defense was all over the field in the game, forcing four interceptions and two fumbles.

Lakeridge has an important home game looming tonight (Thursday) against a Canby team that has been crippled by injuries this season.

The Pacers need a win if they want to stay in contention for a first-round bye.

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