The Lions look unstoppable with the Class 6A state playoffs ahead on Friday
The West Linn football team is on a roll.
And on Friday, Oct. 28, the Lions rolled over Oregon City 55-13 at Pioneer Memorial Stadium to notch their seventh straight win and wrap up sole possession of the Three Rivers League championship in head coach Jon Eagle’s first year at the helm.
West Linn blasted out to a 35-0 first-quarter lead, pushed its edge to 42-0 at the half and rolled into the playoffs with a ton of momentum.
Next up, the top-ranked Lions (5-0 in the Three Rivers League and 8-1 overall) will host Portland Interscholastic League champion Grant (the 16th-ranked team in the state went 6-1 in the PIL and is 6-3 overall) in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.
As to Friday’s romp over Oregon City in the 102nd iteration of the Battle for the Bridge, West Linn took control early, with Washington State-bound senior quarterback Sam Leavitt throwing five touchdown passes in the first quarter to help his team forge its 35-0 lead.
Leavitt hit senior wide receiver Mark Hamper for two of those TDs, while the others went to junior tight end Gus Donnerberg, senior wide receiver Jackson Shelstad and sophomore wide receiver Danny Wideman.
Senior running back Koffi Kouame added the Lions’ lone score of the second quarter on a one-yard run to provide his team’s 42-0 halftime lead. In the second half, junior QB Nick Sakys threw a touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Wyatt Smiley, while in the fourth quarter, sophomore Baird Gilroy hit junior wide receiver Bo Dickson for the final score of the game.
Oregon City (1-4 in TRL play, 4-5 overall) notched its first touchdown on a run by senior running back Marcus Jordan in the third quarter. Then, after junior defensive back Clay Martineau intercepted a West Linn pass, sophomore quarterback Ben Schneider scored on a run midway through the fourth quarter.