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The Lions win for the fourth straight time in the pandemic-shortened 2021 season.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn senior Aiden Scott gets ready to make a catch for a 65-yard touchdown during his team's 42-7 win over Lake Oswego at West Linn High School on Friday, March 26.There's no question about it — it's not easy to beat the Lake Oswego football team.

Indeed, in 35 of the Lakers' past 41 games before Friday, March 26, the opposition failed to come out on top.

So when West Linn got its chance to snap its three-game losing streak to Lake Oswego, the Lions made the most of the opportunity.

West Linn scored five straight touchdowns before the Lakers got on the scoreboard, nearly doubled Lake Oswego in total offense and forced two turnovers en route to its 42-7 victory at West Linn High School.

"It was so much fun," said West Linn senior wide receiver/defensive back Clay Masters, who led his team with six catches for 67 yards and one touchdown, along with one interception. "It's possibly our last game on this field so to come out (on) Senior Night and take care of it like we did with my brothers one last time is everything we could have asked for."

"They've had our number for the past few (years), so I'd be lying if I said we didn't want to get it back," said senior running back/linebacker Cole Peters, who rushed eight times for 36 yards and one score and also made an interception. "It means a lot to us that this is our last time out on this field together. In the fourth quarter, I was just looking around trying to take it all in because it's just something that we're never gonna get back."

With the win — the Lions' fourth straight — West Linn improved to 4-0 in Three Rivers League play and 4-0 overall. The Lakers, meanwhile, in just their second game of the year due to a COVID-delayed start, fell to 1-1 in the TRL and 1-1 overall.

Despite the loss, the Lakers were proud of their efforts and the energy they brought all the way to the end of the contest.

"We've just got great fighters," said Lake Oswego junior lineman Gavin McGuire, who notched a key sack against the Lions. "We're gonna play all 48 minutes of the game. That's 'LO 48' — that's our motto."

"That's what we're all about. No matter how much we're down, we're always gonna play 48 minutes of Laker football," added senior tight end Garrett Roach, who caught three passes for 68 yards and his team's lone touchdown. "Things get tough, but we're just gonna keep fighting and try to make the most of it."



West Linn 42, Lake Oswego 7

That said, the Lions were physical on both sides of the ball, tough as nails on defense and explosive on offense Friday night. That explosiveness showed itself on West Linn's second series, when senior quarterback Blake DeBisschop hit wide-open senior wide receiver Aiden Scott over the middle for a 65-yard touchdown and — following the first of senior Tommy Weltchek's six extra points — a 7-0 lead 3 minutes, 42 seconds into the game.

The Lions were back in the end zone less than four minutes later, this time marching 64 yards in seven plays, a drive highlighted by DeBisschop's 21-yard completion to sophomore Mark Hamper and senior running back Gavin Haines' 17-yard TD burst up the middle for a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.

West Linn wasn't done with the opening quarter, either. Two plays later, senior defensive end Mitchell Duea deflected a pass by Laker junior quarterback Jack Layne and Peters intercepted it at the LO 29-yard line.

Then, on the next play — just 23 seconds after the Lions' previous score — DeBisschop threw back across the field to senior tight end Kanaan Huffman for a 29-yard TD and a 21-0 advantage.

After a stop by the West Linn "D," the Lions then drove 80 yards to score and make it 28-0 with 2:25 remaining in the half, a series highlighted by Peters' 23-yard catch-and-run, a 17-yard Haines run and three DeBisschop completions to Masters for 30 yards, including a diving 8-yard catch for the TD and a 28-0 lead with 2:28 to go in the half.

Things got worse for the Lakers before they got better, too. Masters picked off Layne on the first series of the third quarter, and from there, the Lions launched into a massive drive that took 11:16 off the clock and ended when DeBisschop rolled right, scrambled for time and threw back left to Duea for a 7-yard score and a 35-0 lead with 10:53 remaining in the game.

From there, Lake Oswego responded with its lone scoring drive of the game, marching 80 yards in seven plays, with Layne hitting Roach for 53 yards, and one play later connecting with Roach again in the right corner for an 11-yard TD.

Peters added his team's final score when he bashed into the end zone from 6 yards out with 26 seconds left on the clock for the final margin.

"We know we don't get a state championship this year, but we want to come out and prove to everyone that we're the best in the state," Masters said. "(To do) that, we've got to leave no doubt every single game."

"We wanted this game. We knew we could win — we had a chance — but you know, it just got away from us," Roach added. "We've just got to bounce back against Lakeridge next week."



West Linn 42, Lake Oswego 7

That said, the Lions were physical on both sides of the ball, tough as nails on defense and explosive on offense Friday night. That explosiveness showed itself on West Linn's second series, when senior quarterback Blake DeBisschop hit wide-open senior wide receiver Aiden Scott over the middle for a 65-yard touchdown and — following the first of senior Tommy Weltchek's six extra points — a 7-0 lead 3 minutes, 42 seconds into the game.

The Lions were back in the end zone less than four minutes later, this time marching 64 yards in seven plays, a drive highlighted by DeBisschop's 21-yard completion to sophomore Mark Hamper and senior running back Gavin Haines' 17-yard TD burst up the middle for a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.

West Linn wasn't done with the opening quarter, either. Two plays later, senior defensive end Mitchell Duea deflected a pass by Laker junior quarterback Jack Layne and Peters intercepted it at the LO 29-yard line.

Then, on the next play — just 23 seconds after the Lions' previous score — DeBisschop threw back across the field to senior tight end Kanaan Huffman for a 29-yard TD and a 21-0 advantage.

After a stop by the West Linn "D," the Lions then drove 80 yards to score and make it 28-0 with 2:25 remaining in the half, a series highlighted by Peters' 23-yard catch-and-run, a 17-yard Haines run and three DeBisschop completions to Masters for 30 yards, including a diving 8-yard catch for the TD and a 28-0 lead with 2:28 to go in the half.

Things got worse for the Lakers before they got better, too. Masters picked off Layne on the first series of the third quarter, and from there, the Lions launched into a massive drive that took 11:16 off the clock and ended when DeBisschop rolled right, scrambled for time and threw back left to Duea for a 7-yard score and a 35-0 lead with 10:53 remaining in the game.

From there, Lake Oswego responded with its lone scoring drive of the game, marching 80 yards in seven plays, with Layne hitting Roach for 53 yards, and one play later connecting with Roach again in the right corner for an 11-yard TD.

Peters added his team's final score when he bashed into the end zone from 6 yards out with 26 seconds left on the clock for the final margin.

"We know we don't get a state championship this year, but we want to come out and prove to everyone that we're the best in the state," Masters said. "(To do) that, we've got to leave no doubt every single game."

"We wanted this game. We knew we could win — we had a chance — but you know, it just got away from us," Roach added. "We've just got to bounce back against Lakeridge next week."


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