Lake Oswego youth football teams continue 2019 season on Sept. 28
5/6 Lakeridge 32, Wilsonville 6: The 5/6 Lakeridge Pacers kept their winning streak alive with a big win over Wilsonville at Lakeridge High School on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The Pacers started the first half on defense with the series ending quickly with an interception return for a touchdown by Drew Weiler, followed by extra points from Marcus Post.
With the "D" taking the field again, Lakeridge got huge tackles by Joe Weiler, Michael Asher, Jack Lindsey, Gabe Maloney and Corbin Taft, with a stop by Colby Owen to end the series.
With the offense taking the field for the first time, quarterback Drew Weiler made some remarkable completions to Cooper Swygard and Post, and a solid handoff to Post before running the ball in for a touchdown and a 14-0 Pacer lead.
Following another strong defensive series, it was Drew Weiler who scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. The "D" played tough for the remainder of the half, getting big tackles by Jake Landreth, Cash Larsson, Quinn Massari, Alex Dyer, Joe Weiler, Maloney, Owen and Jack Lindsey, holding the Wildcats to six points. The final touchdown of the half was a Drew Weiler TD pass to Post that gave the Pacers a 26-6 lead at halftime.
The Pacers started the second half with a 70-yard touchdown run by Post. The Pacer defense dominated the second half, shutting down the Wildcats with sacks by Taft and Porter Benson, and tackles for loss by Maloney, Larsson and Post.
Other defensive highlights included a touchdown-saving tackle by Massari and big tackles by Maloney, Taft, Zach Becker and Caleb Klein. Jack Thomas had a terrific pass knockdown to keep the Wildcats out of scoring range.
Additional highlights on offense were first-down runs by Massari, Jaden Tragesser, Asher and Taft. The 5/6 Pacers, now 4-0, play their next game on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Aloha.
Lake Oswego JV Lakers 28, Tualatin 8: The Lakers seventh-grade team brought home another win on Saturday, Sept. 28, against the Tualatin.
Lake Oswego jumped out to a quick start with two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters of the game. Quarterback Liam Davis completed passes totaling 62 yards, including a touchdown pass to Jake Drakalovich. Additionally, the Lakers had rushing touchdowns from Oliver Macy and Logan Latta.
In the second half, the backfield combination of Thatcher O'Leary and Parker Saefke combined for 12 carries and 54 yards, moving the chains, eating up precious possession time and keeping Tualatin's offense off the field.
As impressive as the offense played, the Laker defense matched it, causing three lost fumbles and interceptions from Latta and Wyatt Andler. The Lakers took total control of the game and clock after a momentum-changing fumble recovery by Gabriel Tolley.
Overall, it was another total team effort on defense, with 17 players making tackles in the game. Deuce Bechtold and Drakalovich led the team in tackles.
Lakeridge JV 7th 47, Sunset 6: The Lakeridge JV Pacers increased their winning streak with a 47-6 rout of Sunset on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Quarterback Gabe Motschenbacher was back in action and ready to roll, kicking off the game with a long bomb to Cole Holum, who made an incredible one-handed catch and kept his feet in the end zone to score the first of his two TDs in the half.
On defense, tackles by Tashi Crofut, Jaden Swan, Josh Perry and Charlie King shut down the Apollos in the first half. Offensive blocking by Christopher Azari, Gabe Rockwood, Sean Askew and Tim Price gave the team the advantage and ability to bring the score to 22-0, with Motschenbacher adding one of his own PATs.
The Pacers kept the momentum going full force in the second half with two TDs from receiver Joey Olsen. The defense continued to steamroll, too, getting aggressive tackles by Olsen, Kento Klassen, Crofut and Tate Mickelsen.
The Apollos scored their only TD in the third quarter, but the PAT kick was blocked by Lentz. Later, Zach Stupfel gave possession back to the Pacers with an interception. The Pacers scored two more touchdowns, one each by Everest Lentz and Ben Jones. Jones had an impressive performance, scoring two TDs and a successful PAT and also racking up 240 rushing yards for the game. Keaton Emmett had a successful PAT kick for the final 47-6 score.
Next up, Lakeridge faces Hillsboro at Hare Field at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
Lakeridge JV 42, St. Helens 8: The thunder and lightning started early on Saturday, Sept. 28, when Lakeridge's Milo Harris returned the opening kickoff all the way back to the St. Helens 9-yard line. It was a sign of things to come for Harris and the Pacers, as they delivered a 42-8 win in a weather-shortened game.
The game marked another balanced attack from Lakeridge, with the Pacers delivering three passing touchdowns on the day, two to Logan Coyne and the other to Jack Barss.
Harris later delivered one of two rushing touchdowns after taking a pitch on a reverse and making his way into the end zone.
The defense was equally impressive, keeping pressure in the St. Helens backfield throughout the game with Julian Figueroa, Colin Fratzki, Charlie Coyne and Randy Hayes delivering sacks or disrupting plays. That pressure also helped deliver two turnovers, a fumble recovery by Henry McGrath and an interception returned for a touchdown by Josiah Thomas.
Then came the thunder and lightning that caused the delay, and eventually, the early end of the game after just one half.
Next up, the Pacers look to keep their momentum when they face the Hillsboro on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Lake Oswego Lakers Youth Varsity 20, Centennial 8: On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Lake Oswego Youth Varsity team played at Centennial and delivered a solid 20-8 victory.
Early in the first quarter, Jace Burton made his first interception of the game, a turnover that set the Lakers' offense up for large offensive gains by Porter Malkiel and Hudson Lewis. Although the Laker defense was strong in the first quarter, the Eagles scored once and ended the opening period with an 8-0 lead.
The second quarter was filled with excitement for the Lakers, with Luke Hawkins catching a Max Brauner pass for the touchdown and Malkiel adding the successful PAT.
Jackson Reich followed with an amazing kickoff, and after that, when the Eagles tried a long pass, Burton jumped up to grab his second interception of the game.
Key defensive blocks were provided by Michael Kuehnel, Nick Benazzi and Annan LeBaron. With 4:46 left in the second quarter, thunder and lightning necessitated a long storm delay, but when the teams re-took the field, Laker "D" was on its game. Brayden Effler, Nolan Rabb, Lewis, Dylan Cromwell, Mason Silbaugh, Kian Hubley, Dashel Hinrichs and Wyatt Sarsland broke up passes, made tackles for losses, caused and recovered fumbles, and provided key tackles.
In the third quarter, Carter Moore hit a big pass to LeBaron that set up Malkiel to score the Lakers' next touchdown.
Zach Rooney added a number of carries for big gains, and Taj Lubrano and Braden Heath made strategic carries that provided big gains for the Lakers. Malkiel went on to score another touchdown, getting key blocks from Connor McNeill, Paris Trottier and Charlie Goodwin.
Tobia Tagliabue Mikel led the defense with eight tackles and a sack. The defense got the job done all day, limiting the Eagles to just one score.
The offensive line, led by McNeill at center and Trottier as the key anchor, provided blocks allowing quarterbacks Brauner and Moore to implement the team's plays.
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