Friday night Oregon City hosted Lakeridge for their home opener and restored a classic series between old Three Rivers League rivals. Lakeridge handed Oregon City their second loss of the season 46-20.
Lakeridge won the coin toss and elected to receive, but they could not get anything going on their first possession of the night. Junior wideout and safety Trevon Bradford waited to return the short and sloppy punt. Bradford originally signaled that he would not return it, but after it bounced around a bit Bradford scooped the ball up and took it 64 yards to put the first points up on the board.
With a blink of an eye Lakeridge was on the board on their next drive. From eight yards out Lakeridge senior quarterback Eric Dungey threw a bullet to his wideout in the back of the endzone to tie the game up at 7 apiece.
The next drive for Oregon City was a solid drive; they established the run game early. Near the end of the first quarter junior halfback Connor Mitchell plowed his way into the endzone from two yards out.
Oregon City lead at the end of the first quarter 13-7.
Dungey put on a show for the scouts and everyone who attended the game on Friday night. Early in the second quarter he threw his second touchdown pass from about 11 yards out.
Lakeridge took the lead 14-13.
Oregon City stuck with the run game early on. On the ensuing Pioneer drive Mitchell took it himself again, this time from six yards out. Oregon City reclaimed the lead, 20-14.
Lakeridge had a solid offensive game plan. Halfway through the second quarter the Pacers ran a halfback draw from about midfield, senior tailback Lopeti Aisea took the handoff and found pay dirt on a 47 yard touchdown run.
Lakeridge started to find their identity as a team. The Pacers reclaimed the lead, 22-20, with some time left in the first half.
With the clock winding down to halftime Lakeridge marched down the field with ease. From the one yard line, junior tailback Holden Catlett found the endzone.
At halftime the scoreboard read 29-20 Lakeridge.
The Pioneers would not score another point for the remainder of the game. The third quarter was a back and forth slugfest in the trenches between both teams. The only points Lakeridge put up during that quarter were off of a 40 yard field goal from senior kicker Nick Rooney.
The score was now 32-20 Lakeridge.
Dungey also made plays with his legs. Midway through the fourth quarter Dungey jumped into two Oregon City defensive players and the officials signaled that the ball broke the plain.
After the Dungey jumping run, Lakeridge led 38-20, they were not done scoring.
Dungey continued to pick apart the Oregon City defense. From 14 yards out Dungey threw his third and final touchdown pass of the night.
Lakeridge would win by a score of 46-20.
Dungey finished another week with some jaw dropping stats. 16-22 passing for 177 yards and three passing touchdowns. Dungey also ran for 100 yards and had one rushing touchdown.
Oregon City's senior quarterback Thomas Hamilton made his home debut; Hamilton could not find a rhythm inside nor outside the pocket. Hamilton went 11-24 for 116 yards; no touchdowns and no interceptions thrown.
Hamilton after the game talked about how preparation and better execution will be key against Central Catholic next week. "We will fix the little things and we will be alright," Hamilton said. "We have to improve on all aspects of our offense to be able to have better execution next week at Central."
The Oregon City defense in just two games have given up 74 points. This did not sit well with junior linebacker Kiahve Dennis-Lee. " As a whole group we did not execute very well. We could have done much better," Dennis-Lee said. "We are going to have to work hard this week in practice and work our butts off. The little things are the most important things."
Lakeridge just like West Linn made sure they had tight coverage on Oregon City wideout Bradford. Bradford had just three catches for 23 yards. Trevon had this to say afterwards: "We have to get back together as a team and start playing the way we should have been playing," Bradford said. "Just have to move on from this game and prepare for next week."
Next week Oregon City opens up Mt.Hood Conference play. The Pioneers will be on the road at Central Catholic.
Photos by Christy Parrish, Band Boosters
Photos by Kadin Freauff, student