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Germaine has a big night in Lions win


West Linn recovers from a Barlow rally to earn the 41-28 victory

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - West Linn senior running back Louie Germaine breaks away from a pack of Barlow tacklers during Fridays 41-28 road win. He scored all six of the Lions touchdowns. GRESHAM — West Linn was pleased with its script to open the game and supplied a thrilling finish to Friday night. Now, the Lions just need to go back and rewrite the middle chapters.

West Linn’s football team picked up its first win of the season 41-28 at Barlow — a victory that seemed easy at halftime and had the Lions breathing a sigh of relief when the final horn sounded.

The Lions couldn’t have asked for a better start, putting together a 16-play opening drive that travelled 73 yards, ending with running back Louie Germaine racing 11 yards around the right side for a touchdown.

It wouldn’t be his last visit to the end zone.

West Linn converted a pair of fourth downs on the drive, highlighted when QB Hayden Coppedge rolled to his right and fired a dart back into the middle of the field. Teammate Cam Schmitz dropped to his knees and made the catch inches off the turf to move the chains on 4th-and-6. Coppedge went 5-for-6 on the drive.

The Lions would score again the next time they got their hands on the ball.

After a missed handoff in the backfield left the team scrambling to cover up a fumble, the Lions gave it to Germaine on four straight plays. A 19-yard catch-and-run, followed by a 28-yard burst around the left side put the Lions in scoring range. Germaine finished it off with a 4-run spurt.

West Linn saw its lead grow to 27-0 after scoring on its opening possession of the second half.

Players on the bench were starting to fidget, eager to get onto the field for clean-up duty.

Barlow wouldn’t give them the chance.

After showing no signs of life in the first half, the Bruins’ offense started clicking. A 9-yard run by Garrett Childress put Barlow on the scoreboard and a pair of touchdown passes made it a one-possession game early in the fourth quarter.

Barlow took a brief one-point lead when Dillon Payne returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown with about seven minutes left.

With the game in the balance, West Linn went back to Germaine.

He didn’t disappoint.

The senior running back scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 3-yard run with 3:19 left and added a 24-yard touchdown grab to seal the victory in the final minute.

Germaine finished the night with six TDs.

West Linn hosts South Salem in its final nonleague tune up Friday before moving into Three Rivers League play Sept. 27.

The Lions beat the clock with what proved to be a key scoring drive just before halftime.

West Linn travelled 73 yards in only five plays, ending with Germaine catching a pass in the flat and working his way down the sideline. He had the option of going out of bounds at the 10-yard line and stopping the clock, but instead cut into the middle of the field and darted through a crowd of tacklers for the score and a 20-0 lead at the break.

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