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Pacers make quick work of Reynolds

Holden Catlett breaks loose for a pair of long TD runs in the first half.


by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Lakeridge senior Vontrell Mill cuts across the field during a kick return Friday against Reynolds.Lakeridge struck like lightning in the first half and left Reynolds stunned in a 35-18 win to open the prep football season Friday night.

"We played two and a half quarters very well but then got a little sloppy," coach Tom Smythe said.

The Pacers took the opening kickoff and marched directly to the end zone, as quarterback Eric Dungey didn’t miss a pass in four attempts, finishing with a 13-yard strike over the middle to J.R. McLaughlin for the score.

The team’s next trip to the end zone would be even quicker.

This time Dungey simply had to twist his body and make a handoff. Sophomore running back Holden Catlett did the rest, breaking a pair of shoulder tackles early in his run before tearing loose for an 84-yard touchdown scamper.

The season was barely five minutes old, and the Pacers were rolling 14-0.

It was about to get better.

Catlett struck again early in the second quarter, shaking loose from a tackle in the backfield and squeezing past three more Raiders along the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown run that made it 21-0.

"You need to be balanced. We're never going to be a team that runs you over but when we spread the defense we can give some teams fits," Smythe said.

Catlett finished the game with 204 yards on 10 carries.

The Raiders tried to answer, but Jary’ll Johnson’s 50-yard catch-and-run touchdown was taken off the scoreboard by a penalty flag, and a high snap killed another Reynolds drive inside the 20-yard line.

Reynolds was poised to get onto the scoreboard after moving inside the Pacers’ 10-yard line midway through the second quarter. But a short pass and a couple runs through the middle barely nudged the ball forward.

The Raiders sent out the field-goal unit on fourth down only to change their minds, toss the kicking tee to the sideline and go in search of the end zone one more time.

Senior quarterback Josh Schleining found it with a quick pass to Jesus Ortiz on the right side.

But Dungey had the Pacers’ offense firing on all cylanders, hitting Jack Cole over the middle to convert a third-and-10. Two plays later, he dropped back and spotted McLaughlin for a 38-yards scoring strike to put the Pacers in control 28-6 at the break.

Lakeridge had a chance to make it an even bigger cushion after driving 80 yards in the final two minutes of the half, but Reynolds forced a fumble at the goal line.

The Pacers would score again early in the third quarter on another pass from Dungey to McLaughlin to all but seal the game.

Reynolds made a late run with a pair fourth-quarter touchdowns but never really threatened.

The Pacers now gear up for another Mt. Hood Conference foe in Centennial this Friday at home.



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