The Laker ‘D’ holds the Titans to just over 200 yards total.
It wasn’t all pretty and it sure wasn’t easy, but the Lake Oswego football team made sure that its Friday, Sept. 9, contest turned into a win.
The Lakers, playing at West Salem High School in Week 2 of the 2022 fall season, managed one touchdown in each half against the Titans and threw a shutout to win 14-0.
With the victory, the team’s second straight, the Lakers — ranked seventh in the first Class 6A statewide coaches poll — improved to 2-0 overall. Unranked West Salem, meanwhile, lost for the second straight time and fell to 0-2 overall.
The Lakers pushed in front during Friday’s first quarter, capping their first scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Max Brauner to senior wide receiver Henry Smith. Along with the extra point from senior Mark Mankin, the Lakers took a 7-0 lead they would never relinquish,
While the LO offense wouldn’t get back in the end zone until the fourth quarter, it didn’t matter much because the Laker “D” was on its game. As a team, the Lakers allowed just 212 yards in total offense to the Titans, their efforts led by senior defensive back Jack Knapp’s seven tackles (five solo with one for loss) and another seven from sophomore defensive lineman Lusiano Lopez (five solo).
In addition to their success, the Lakers saw senior defensive back Owen West notch the lone interception of the game, while sophomore lineman Oliver Macy and junior linebacker Tobia Tagliabue both added tackles for losses.
Still leading just 7-0 after three quarters, the Lakers tacked on an insurance score in the fourth when Brauner connected with junior wide receiver Colin Best for a 35-yard TD — Brauner’s longest completion of the game — and a 14-0 lead.
For the game, Brauner connected on 18 of 32 passes for 163 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed 11 times for 30 yards, while senior Calvin Macy led LO on the ground with 10 carries for 44 yards. LO’s top receivers were Best (six catches for 94 yards and one TD), senior Ethan Park (five catches for 38 yards) and junior Stevie Mooney (two catches for 34 yards).
Next up, the Lakers will host Mountainside (also 2-0 overall after a 21-20 win over Barlow on Friday) in non-league action at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.