Lake Oswego puts David Douglas away early, faces Sunset on Friday

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego running back Max Mattern breaks into the secondary in the Lakers' play-in victory over David Douglas last week. Mattern had 96 yards and a touchdown in the game.The Lake Oswego football team found itself in the unfamiliar position of hosting a play-in game last week, needing to get by a winless David Douglas squad to advance to the playoffs this Friday.

The Lakers were workmanlike in their execution and made quick work of a shorthanded Scotsmen team, getting the majority of the roster into the game in the second half in a 42-21 victory played in Lake Oswego.

“It's kind of a tough scenario but the kids handled it well and played the way they needed to,” coach Steve Coury said.

After a slightly slow start, Lake Oswego pulled away late in the second quarter with some big plays, building a 28-7 lead at the half.

The Lakers found success early and often on the ground. Craig Hodges and Max Mattern combined for 199 yards on 24 carries and the Scots struggled to come up with stops on defense.

Lake Oswego got on the board first in the opening quarter on a one-yard keeper from Zach Parker.

Mattern would later make it a 14-0 game on a six-yard touchdown run early in the second period.

David Douglas did its best to hang with the Lakers, getting a 21-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit in half.

The Scots then came up with a stop on defense and had the ball in Lake Oswego territory before a game-changing play.

With David Douglas threatening to potentially tie the game, Nick Underwood recorded an interception and returned it 62 yards for a score.

After stopping the Rams again, the Lakers looked to tack on to their advantage at the end of the half and Mitch Verburg completed a 27-yard pass to Jordan Horak, who made a terrific catch to make it 28-7.

Lake Oswego would put the game on ice early in the third period, continuing to gash David Douglas with the run.

Hodges would get into the end zone on a 12-yard burst and the Lakers were then able to start resting some starters.

“We were able to get guys in all over the place which was kind of fun,” Coury said.

Max Morton, who added 71 rushing yards on 12 carries, got into the end zone in the third period on an 11-yard burst.

David Douglas would add a score late in the third quarter and another in the fourth to trim the lead but the Lakers were never threatened.

Lake Oswego earned the No. 17 seed in the state tournament and will travel to face Sunset on Friday. The Apollos were 7-2 and finished in a tie for second in the Metro League.

“We know we're capable of putting it together against anyone. The emphasis has been on just enjoying each other and having fun while we're together,” Coury said.

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