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Pacer football team routs Canby in TRL opener

Eric Dungey is 22-for-24 with five passing TDs in a 57-33 win


Photo Credit: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Lopeti Aisea hurdles a Canby tackler during last week's victory at home. The Pacers steamrolled Canby 57-33 to move to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in league.Lakeridge's high-powered offense which has been its signature for the past few seasons, appears to be in peak form once again. Playing in its league and home opener against Canby, the Pacers ran the Cougars off the field on Friday in a 57-33 victory.

The Pacers broke away from Canby in the second quarter scoring three straight touchdown in the period to build a 35-13 lead that the Cougars could never recover from.

The game was close in the early going with Canby getting on the board first on a 19-yard run.

However, Lakeridge responded quickly, mixing up the run and the pass effectively. Holden Catlett would find a hole and score on an 18-yard run for his first of three touchdowns on the night.

The Pacers would take the lead in the second quarter on an 18-yard pass from Eric Dungey to tailback Lopeti Aisea and the Pacers would never trail again.

“The offensive line really stepped it up becoming more confident in reading defensive fronts allowing them to just go play football rather than having to think about which man to block,” coach John Parke said.

Canby answered with another score but missed the extra point and Lakeridge dominated from that point on.

There was a scary moment in the second quarter as well as receiver Kevan Thomas suffered a badly broken leg. Thomas broke a pair of bones and had surgery on Saturday morning.

“Kevan is a tremendous, positive kid who worked extremely hard all summer and was is an integral part of the Pacer offense. He is a great team leader that we hope to have join us on the sidelines this Friday night,” Parke said.

Lakeridge would score again on a run by Aisea and then a one-yard plunge by Dungey. Finally, shortly before the half, Dungey hit Catlett on a five-yard pass and the rout was on.

Lakeridge didn't let up early in the third quarter either. The Pacers continued to move the ball at will against what has traditionally been a strong defense.

Jack Cole hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dungey to up the lead to 42-13.

Dungey had a nearly flawless day throwing the ball and Canby had no answer for him. He completed 22 of 24 passes for five touchdowns and he ran for one more while adding 80 rushing yards.

“Eric has been throwing some great balls in practice the past couple of weeks. Against Canby he was able to combine good reads with accurate passing and was especially effective hitting the short routes,” Parke said.

Lakeridge poured on the offense as Catlett ran for 103 yards as well.

The Pacer defense continued to be opportunistic and helped allow Lakeridge to pull away before the team eased off the gas late in the second half.

Catlett would score on another pass from Dungey and Chase Carp would complete the scoring for the Pacers, hauling in a 51-yard pass form Dungey.

Lakeridge is now 2-1 and will take on a strong Sherwood team on the road this Friday.

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