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The Lakers couldn't get things going on offense, and the visiting Mavericks capitalized.

The Lake Oswego High School football team fell to 2-1 on the season after losing 24-7 to visiting Mountainside on Friday, Sept. 16.

The game was a low-scoring affair in the first half, with the Mavericks taking a 7-0 lead into the locker room at the break. Mountainside's defense came up with three turnovers in the second half, however, which set up easy scoring drives on the way to a road win in Lake Oswego. The Lakers fell to 2-1 on the year, while the Mavericks remain undefeated at 3-0.

Turnovers doom Lakers

Coming out of halftime, it seemed like the Lakers had a chance to establish some momentum on the opening drive. Instead, it took just three plays before Mountainside senior Payton Lawson was running in an interception return for a touchdown to put the Mavericks up 14-0. Later in the quarter, after Calvin Macy's 46-yard catch-and-run put Lake Oswego on the board, Laker quarterback Max Brauner was intercepted again.

During a key moment in the fourth quarter, Brauner tried to escape the incoming pressure, but he was hit and fumbled the ball — giving Mountainside a short field and an easy road to a 24-7 lead.

After playing clean football for the first two weeks, mistakes caught up with the Lakers in Week 3.

Defense still looks sharp

Despite the fact that the Lakers gave up 24 points, the Lake Oswego defense was not the issue against Mountainside. There were a few big plays for the Mavericks, to be sure, and the Lakers did not force any turnovers. However, the defense was put into hard spots all game long due to a relatively toothless offense.

Macy and fellow running back Caleb Cagnoni had a few good runs, and Brauner hit some good throws, but the Lakers couldn't put it all together on that side of the ball. Too often they ran into three-and-out situations, resulting in Brauner punting the ball away instead of driving it down the field.

"When we don't convert on offense," said Macy, who also starts as a linebacker on the defense, "we have to step up on defense. I think we held them pretty well. We have a really good defense. I'm proud of what they did tonight."

Lakers motivated by loss

Last year, Lake Oswego did not experience defeat until deep into October, midway through Three Rivers League play. Now, this year's team has to learn to bounce back from the loss a bit earlier than expected.

"I really think it's a great learning moment," Macy said. "We're a young team. We've had some adversity, but we'll learn from that and come back."

Macy noted that many of this season's starters are new to that role. As a seasoned veteran himself, however, Macy understands that the loss can be a springboard for the team in the coming weeks.

"There's bumps along the road, and you only get better from these moments," he said. "If we stop shooting ourselves in the foot on offense, we'll be a good team."

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