Lake Oswego youth football teams continue 2019 season on Oct. 26
Lakeridge Pacers JV 16, Southridge 0: The Lakeridge Pacers JV football (seventh-grade) team ended its regular season with a 16-0 victory over Southridge on Saturday, Oct. 26, win their division.
The first quarter was highlighted by several long passing plays to Logan Coyne, Colin Fratzke and Jack Barss, culminating in a touchdown by running back Josiah Thomas. The defense held stout with strong play from Sam Pottmeyer, Nick Harrison, Milo Harris, Henry McGrath and Elliot McGrath. During the second quarter, the Pacers moved the ball consistently behind strong play from Matteo Clarke, Jacob Zawadzki, Kayce Tinner, Nolan Darcy and Julian Figueroa. The Pacers scored their second touchdown when Charlie Petersen ran the ball in from the 5-yard line.
The second half was a defensive battle, and although the Pacers did not score again, they held Southridge scoreless with strong contributions from Nicholas Sander, Adam Farrell and Charlie Coyne.
The Pacers enter the playoffs as a No. 1 seed against Sunset JV at Jefferson High School at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.
Lake Oswego Youth Varsity 20, Grant 14: The Lakers brought their "A" game to Cobb Field for their Saturday, Oct. 26, game against Grant.
The first quarter was gold for the Laker offense. With Carter Moore at quarterback and a strong offensive line, Porter Malkiel ran for huge gains and scored the first touchdown and PAT. With 4:42 left on the clock, Lakers were up 8-0. The Laker kickoff landed in the hands of a Grant player, but he didn't go very far. Grant's ensuing offensive drive was cut by tackles from Jace Burton, Michael Kuehnel, Marselis Griffiths and Nolan Rabb. Grant was forced to punt, but the kick was blocked by Connor McNeill, who then recovered the ball.
The Lakers take over with great field position, and on the first play, Malkiel took the ball and ran it in for the Lakers' second TD to end the first quarter up 14-0.
The Lakers were hitting hard in the second quarter, with Hudson Lewis, Kian Hubley and Jackson Reich making key tackles and denying Grant yards. After Grant scored to close within 14-8, Zach Rooney caught the ensuing kickoff and made a nice return for the Lakers. After Lake Oswego turned the ball over on downs, Grant moved the ball down the field. Annan LeBaron and Paris Trottier made key stops to slow Grant's drive, but Grant recovered and was able to score and tie the game at 14-14.
The Lakers returned after halftime energized and ready to go. Ben Hovey, Braden Effler and Braden Heath made key offensive blocks, allowing Taj Lubrano and Luke Hawkins to move downfield and gain yards. This drive set up Malkiel to score another Laker TD.
Grant's drive early in the fourth quarter was cut short by an Effler sack. Grant fumbled on the next play and John Goodwin was there to recover the fumble. Grant tried again, but Wyatt Sarsland made a sack and Dylan Cromwell followed with back-to-back tackles. The Lakers moved the ball on their next possession, getting a Mason Silbaugh catch-and-carry while teammate Henri Danzelaud provided a key block. Grant's final possession was stopped by Charlie Goodwin and Nick Benazzi tackles. This forced Grant to pass, but the throw was intercepted by Colin Best with 1:32 left on the clock. The final play of the game was a beautiful Max Brauner pass to LeBaron.
The Lakers' win secured a playoff spot in the Gold Bracket.
Lake Oswego JV Lakers 26, Barlow 18: The Lakers seventh-grade football team hosted Barlow in its Saturday, Oct. 26, finale and finished the season on a high note.
The whole team worked together to dominate on defense, but also have an excellent offensive game. The first quarter started with some exciting defensive plays. Baron Kurland's first defensive play of the game resulted in an interception on a pass up the middle. With the Lakers now in possession, Spencer Reid fumbled the ball on a quarterback scramble but it was recovered by Oliver Macy who took it in for a 55-yard touchdown run. Macy had a stellar game, leading the offense with three touchdowns, and a total of 199 yards. These plays were facilitated by offensive lineman Noah Uecker, Jagar Shean, Jackson Jones, Wyatt Andler and Tai Tovey, who opened running lanes all day for six different running backs and four rushing touchdowns.
Shean lead all defenders by making 16 tackles in the game. He also blocked a kick, keeping Barlow from gaining any extra points.
In the second and third quarters, Deuce Bechtold stepped in at quarterback and had some big plays, including a 30-yard pass to Logan Latta. Latta also caught two passes for 49 yards from quarterback Liam Davis, including one for 42 yards completion. Chris Lowe and Garrett Grant made some great blocks to help their team move downfield.
In the fourth quarter, Lake Oswego had an awesome punt fumble recovery at the 2-yard line, and the whole team worked to push the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. Beckett Mersereau had a solid kick for the extra points. The rest of the quarter, the whole Lake Oswego team worked together to shut down Barlow.
Lakeridge 8th-Grade Varsity 29, Tualatin 7: Lakeridge raced out to a two-touchdown lead in the first half of its Saturday, Oct. 26, game against Tualatin, then let its defense do the rest in its 29-7 victory.
Lengthy running gains by Quinn Hoey, Ben Jones and Milo Portilla gave the Pacers great field position. Outstanding blocks by Christopher Azari, Joey Olsen and Tim Price helped quarterback Gabe Motschenbacher connect with his receivers for three touchdowns in the first half, one to Olsen and two to Tashi Crofut — including one for 59 yards. Keaton Emmett was 3 for 3 with his PAT kicks.
Powerful defensive pressure by Azari, Jake Moliero, Jax Grable and Michael Shin forced a fumble by the Timberwolves and held them to only one touchdown in the opening half, giving the Pacers a 21-7 lead going into halftime.
Heavy rains in the second half made for slippery conditions, but didn't stop the Pacer running game which created a flurry of first downs by Jones, Olsen, Portilla and Hoey. Jones notched a 70-yard touchdown run with the help of awesome blocks by Crofut, Everest Lentz and Spencer Becker. The Timberwolves were plagued with errors in the fourth quarter, with a TD being called back due to illegal formation and an untimely fumble recovered by Lentz that gave the Pacers possession to run out the clock.
With the win, the Pacer Varsity team finished with a 4-4 record for the season.
5/6 Lakeridge Pacers 36, West Linn Gold 6: The 5/6 Lakeridge Pacers left no doubt in their 36-6 win over West Linn Gold on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The first half of play drew some electrifying offense and defense from the Pacers, with the offense getting big plays by Jaden Tragesser, Michael Asher, Corbin Taft, Jack Thomas, Gabe Maloney, Colby Owen, Marcus Post and Joe Weiler. An interception by Tragesser early in the first quarter got the "O" back on the field, setting the stage for a 25-yard Drew Weiler completion to Marcus Post for the Pacers' first score, with Crew Corry kicking in the extra points.
The Pacers marched down the field on their second series with first downs by Post, Drew Weiler and Taft, before a completion to Tragesser for a 35-yard touchdown. Corry again put up the extra points. The final score of the opening half came when Drew Weiler again found Tragesser for a 40-yard score. With Corry putting up the extra points, the Pacers took a 24-6 lead into halftime.
The Pacers' "D" held West Linn to six points in the opening half, with Joe Weiler blocking the extra point kick.
The second half brought more excitement and a lot of hail. The Pacer defense dominated the final two quarters, keeping West Linn out of scoring range thanks to huge tackles by Asher, Maloney, Joe Weiler, Porter Benson, Thomas, Carter Blair, Cash Larsson, Owen, Taft and Post. The Lions got three sacks in the half from Maloney, Asher and Blair, and Jaden McCluskey and Owen. Fumble recoveries by Asher and Becker helped to get the Pacer "O" back on the field. On offense, the first score of the second half came on a Weiler quarterback keeper, with great blocking from the offensive line, for an 82-yard touchdown run. The final Pacer score of the game was a touchdown by Quinn Massari following a handoff from Jack Lindsey.
The 5/6 Pacers ended their season at 8-0.
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