Lake Oswego football routs Beaverton 46-7
To be fair, the 2017 Oregon high school football season is just two weeks old, but so far, things are going pretty well indeed for the Lake Oswego football team.
That said, Laker coach Steve Coury isn't yet ready to pronounce his team as a state championship favorite.
"So far, we haven't really played anybody yet because the first two teams were so young and not really up to snuff with the teams in our league," he said. "But now it gets in league and everything changes. Everyone's good and we'll get a lot better feel for where we are."
The Lakers open Three Rivers League play with a 7 p.m. Friday game at Tigard High School. The Tigers, a Class 6A semifinalist last year and state runner-up two years before that, enter the contest at 1-1; they lost 34-28 to Jesuit in overtime in their opener, then rolled past Southridge 48-12 last week.
"We've got a good football team but we've got to stay healthy and there's a lot of things we've got to improve on," Coury said. "We just want to be playing well by week 10. That's always the objective, and keeping on the trajectory we are on and stay healthy."
On Friday, the Lakers blitzed the Beavers big-time at the start of the game, sprinting out to a 32-0 first-quarter lead and never looking back en route to the win. The Lakers kicked off that devastating stretch with a 36-yard Jordan Newlin touchdown pass to Thomas Dukart, followed up with a two-yard TD run by Jake Dukart, added their third score on a 40-yard Alex Bassett interception return and capped it with a nine-yard Casey Filkins run.
"We jumped on them so fast, made some big plays downfield so quickly that it was so done before it ever even got started," Coury said. "It was 32-0 at the end of the first quarter so it was like it was over and made them feel like mentally, they didn't have a chance."
"We just got overwhelmed at the start and had a hard time coming back from it," said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. Lake Oswego "is a very strong team and we didn't compete at the level we needed to to make it a game."
The Lakers tacked on a four-yard Jake Dukart-to-Filkins TD pass in the second quarter and a 40-yard Bassett scoring run in the third to round out their scoring. The Beavers' lone score came on a five-yard Matt Eppler run in the fourth quarter.
Jake Dukart was on fire at quarterback, completing 22 of 29 throws for 273 yards and two scores. His success played a huge role, Coury said, in the day's result.
"That guy has just been lights out. He played like the big-time guy that he's become," Coury said, noting that Dukart threw to 11 different receivers in the first half. "He is really, really good. He's finding the right people. His stats were unconscious."
For the game, Bassett led LO rushers with 71 yards on seven carries, while Filkins added 40 more on five tries. Thomas Dukart led Laker receivers with three catches for 90 yards, while Newlin caught five passes for 76 yards.
For Beaverton, quarterback Alex Brown ran eight times for 75 yards and completed 6 of 16 passes for 68 yards with one interception. Grant Kirby led the Beavers with three catches for 30 yards.
This week, Beaverton (1-1) opens Metro League play with a 7 p.m. Friday home game against Southridge (0-2).