Clackamas is dominant in a 40-7 rout of West Linn

by: JON HOUSE - Dan Sherrell (left) and Brody Haehlen celebrate a touchdown in last Fridays 40-7 rout of West Linn.The Clackamas Cavaliers gained a few more believers Friday night at West Linn, as the Cavaliers ruined West Linn’s homecoming, dealing the Lions an humbling thrashing, 40-7, in a key Three Rivers League football matchup.

The lopsided win left Clackamas (6-0, 2-0) the only Class 6A football team in the state besides Tigard (6-0, 4-0) and Central Catholic (6-0, 2-0) still without a loss.

It also left the Cavaliers the only TRL team still unbeaten in league after just two weeks of league play.

“It’s great going 6-0,” said Clackamas senior Taylor Stinson. “People have doubted [our senior class] all through high school and now we’re proving them wrong. It shows that hard work does pay off....”

“We feel good being 2-0 [in league] and 6-0 [overall],” said Clackamas senior Cade Wilkins. “We’ve been looking forward to this season and our senior year for a long time. To jump off to a 6-0 start, it feels great!”

“We’ve worked hard for this,” said Clackamas senior lineman Trevor Dunn. “We’re playing as a team.... This shows how much of a family we are.”

Last Friday’s showdown at West Linn was a game that many people thought would be close and hard fought. But the Cavaliers scored on their first possession and were in command all the way.

“The key was our defense,” Wilkins said. “West Linn has a really good offense and we held them to a touchdown. Our defense really stepped up tonight!”

“Our offense was big too,” said Stinson. “Dan Sherrell is one of the best running backs in the state, so we figured if they man-coveraged Dan, we’d trust in our quarterbacks and turn them loose. They passed a lot tonight and we broke some big plays....”

“I think the keys were playing fast on offense and playing really aggressive defense,” said Dunn. “Kyle Anderegg, our noseguard, and cornerback Jaeden Abraham had really outstanding games. Kyle played hard, aggressive football the whole game; Jaeden made a couple of lock-down plays, where they could have scored, but didn’t.”

Clackamas senior quarterbacks Wilkins and Doonie Johnson and Clackamas receivers Stinson, Nick Krska, Keegan Daley and Brody Haehlen worked West Linn’s defensive secondary like a hot knife through butter.

The Cavaliers, as a team, completed 26-of-34 passes (76 percent) for 342 yards and three touchdowns, and they didn’t throw a single interception.

Johnson hooked up with receivers on 12-of-14 attempts for 158 yards and a touchdown; Wilkins completed 13-of-19 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.

The Cavaliers also executed a halfback pass, with junior Jamieson Kennedy finding Keegan Daley open in the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown pass play in the second quarter.

Krska had a big night on the receiving end, hauling in 11 passes for 116 yards. Stinson had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns; Daley had three catches for 55 yards; Haehlen had four receptions for 54 yards.

Sherrell wasn’t idle. The 5-9, 170-pound senior carried 26 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

Clackamas amassed 558 yards in offense on the night. West Linn, which entered the game averaging better than 37 points an outing, was held to a net offense of just 191 yards.

West Linn 175-pound senior running back Louie Germaine rushed 20 times for 58 yards, as the Lions generated only 48 net yards in rushing offense. West Linn quarterbacks Hayden Coppedge and Connor Neville together completed 15-of-25 passes for 143 yards.

Sherrell capped off a 68-yard, 10-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown run on the Cavaliers’ first turn with the football.

Stinson hauled in a 4-yard pass from Johnson at the end of an 11-play, 77-yard drive to make it 13-0 Clackamas early in the second quarter.

A fumble deep in Cavalier territory then set up West Linn’s only touchdown. Cam Schmitz came down with a 20-yard pass from Coppedge in the end zone for the score.

Kennedy answered with his halfback touchdown pass, and the Cavaliers took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The two teams traded punts to start the second half.

by: JON HOUSE - Clackamas tight end Taylor Stinson (25) gets the jump on West Linn defensive back/running back Louie Germaine (42) for a reception in Fridays game at West Linn.Then Stinson hauled in a long pass from Wilkins and made his way to the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown pass play and a 28-7 Cavalier lead.

Clackamas defender Nathan Kemp recovered a fumble at the West Linn 33 on the ensuing kickoff. Three plays and two Lion penalties later, Sherrell skipped into the end zone from three yards out, upping Clackamas’ lead to 35-7.

As the third quarter was winding down, Brett Peterson intercepted a Lion pass at the Clackamas 2-yard line; and the game belonged to Clackamas.

The Cavaliers added two scores in the final period. Michael McDonald split the uprights on a 35-yard field goal.

Then, the Cavaliers’ rubbed salt in the Lions’ wounds, as Kemp sacked West Linn freshman quarterback Connor Neville in the end zone for a safety.

Kemp had three sacks in the game. Peterson had eight tackles, along with his touchdown-saving interception. Abraham made seven tackles and deflected two passes; Bryce Dickey made eight tackles.

With the loss to Clackamas, West Linn slipped to 1-1 in the TRL (3-3 overall). West Linn squares off with cross-river rival Oregon City (5-1, 1-1) this Thursday, at Oregon City.

The win gives the Cavaliers their best start to a season since 2005, when they lost their seventh game of the season and the league championship to Lake Oswego.

Ironically, Clackamas and Lake Oswego go head-to-head this week, playing a Thursday night game at Clackamas.

“The last time we beat them was my eighth grade year,” said Wilkins. “We split with them. We beat them the first time, then they beat us for the [youth league] league championship.”

“It’s a big game,” Stinson said. “They have a really strong program. I’ve never beaten them in high school. It would sure be nice to get some revenge.”

“We’re feeling pretty confident right now,” Stinson added. “But we can’t let up. The Three Rivers League is the toughest league in the state. We’re going to have to work hard in practice, take it one game at a time, and hope for the best.”

Asked if he thought the Cavaliers could win the TRL title this year, Dunn said: “Absolutely! If we stick to our game plan — keep a fast pace on offense and play hard and aggressive on defense, I don’t think anybody can beat us.”

Lake Oswego has only won two of its first six games this fall. But the Lakers have had one of the tougher schedules in the state, with losses to top-ranked Jesuit (28-21), fifth-ranked Central Catholic (35-14), fourth-ranked Southridge (31-13) and to West Linn (7-3).

And the Lakers appear to be getting their act together. Last Friday they knocked off then third-ranked Canby 35-14.

Heading into this Thursday’s game at Clackamas, Clackamas is ranked No. 2 in the state in the OSAA RPI rankings; Lake Oswego is ranked 15th.

Two other TRL teams besides Clackamas — Lakeridge and Canby — are also ranked in the top 10.

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