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FOOTBALL: Nick Kennewell's kickoff return helps the Cavaliers to an early 28-7 lead

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Clackamas Nick Kennewell breaks into the open field for an 88-yard kickoff return in the first quarter.

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GRESHAM — Clackamas clinched a spot into the Mount Hood Conference championship game after scoring a dominating 55-35 win at Reynolds on Friday night.

The host Raiders looked to make it a game early when Reggie Akles caught a pass over the middle to move the chains on third-and-11.

But he was far from done.

Akles dodged a tackle, then reversed field after running out of room near the far sideline. He moved through a crowd as we came back across the field and went in for a 70-yard touchdown that brought the Raiders within six points.

Clackamas answered the challenge, needing less than a minute to put the game out of reach.

Nick Kennewell took the ensuing kickoff and broke into the open before crossing the midfield stripe. He applied a stiff-arm to the last defender in his path and went into the end zone.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Clackamas running back Jake Spitulski turns upfield for a big gain in the first quarter of the Cavs 55-33 win at Reynolds on Friday.

Clackamas pulled off an easy two points on the conversion try when the Raiders sideline was late realizing it was short a player. Clackamas receiver Miles Williams stood alone on the left side of the formation. The Cavaliers snapped the ball, and QB Austin Atkeson made the simple toss, like two friends playing catch in the backyard, to put the lead to 21-7.

Isaiah Baker forced a Reynolds fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and the Cavaliers were back in range for a quick score. Atkeson took a couple steps to his left and launched a ball to the end zone for Dan Mahler.

Clackamas finished the first quarter in charge 28-7 and would carry a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

The No. 10-ranked Cavaliers clinched their division in league play and will face the winner of Friday's Barlow at Central Catholic game for the Mount Hood crown in two weeks.

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