Lake Oswego races past Newberg 36-7, toward TRL title
This was not the time for a slip-up.
And the Lake Oswego football team knew it.
The Lakers, riding a four-game winning streak and coming off a huge victory over defending Class 6A state champ West Linn, made sure there were no mistakes Friday. Lake Oswego scored five unanswered touchdowns in the first half of its home game against Newberg and used that blistering start to beat the Tigers 36-7 and keep its Three Rivers League championship hopes alive.
"When you come off of a game (like West Linn), you're always worried about how the kids will react, but the kids were great all week long and practiced really good and then did the same thing at the game," said Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury.
With the win, the second-ranked Lakers' fifth straight, Lake Oswego saw its TRL record improve to 5-1 (good for a first-place tie with Tigard) and 7-1 overall. Next up, the Lakers will face crosstown rival Lakeridge in the annual Battle of the Lake at 7 p.m. Friday at Lakeridge High School. For more on that game, see the accompanying story.
No. 31 Newberg, meanwhile, fell to 0-6 in league and 2-6 overall.
The Lakers started Friday's first quarter in high gear, scoring three touchdowns and racing out to a 21-0 lead in the period. Sophomore running back Cooper Winn kicked things off with a one-yard touchdown run, senior quarterback Jake Dukart came through next with a 16-yard scoring run, junior running back Collin Bracken added a 48-yard TD burst and Jake Bazant added the first three of his four extra points to make it 21-0.
"I preached it to them all week — starting out the game like we meant business ... would discourage the team that's struggling," Coury said. "It's easier for them to get discouraged at that point. It all just worked out."
The Lakers kept their foot on the accelerator in the second period, too, with Dukart connecting with sophomore wide receiver Joe Hutson for a 71-yard touchdown, the defense blocking a punt to notch a safety, and Bracken adding a six-yard TD run that boosted his team's edge to 36-0 at the break.
Then, after a scoreless third period, the Tigers got a 23-yard Gage Wright-to-Davis Smith TD pass in the fourth quarter for their lone score of the contest.
"I was really proud of that focus and being able to … do what we needed to do and take care of things really early in the game," Coury said. "And after that, and we were kind of able to cruise through the rest of it."
For the game, Bassett carried the ball eight times for 106 yards and two TDs, Dukart went 10 of 24 passing for 292 yards with one interception and two scores, while Jordan Newlin made three catches for 107 yards, Filkins grabbed four passes for 89 more and Hutson one for 71.
For Newberg, Cameron Sutton rushed nine times for 24 yards, Wright went 6 of 15 passing for 67 yards with one interception and one TD, and Smith caught four balls for 60 yards and one score.
Next up, Lake Oswego plays at Lakeridge at 7 p.m. Friday, while Newberg hosts Sherwood at 7 p.m. Friday.