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Slow start dooms Pacer football team

Lakeridge moves the ball but scores too late in a 35-13 loss at Newberg

Lakeridge's football team racked up yardage and made some big plays on defense but it wasn't enough to pick up its first league victory.

Newberg struck for a handful of big plays in the first half and the Pacers struggled to execute in the red zone again in a 35-13 loss on the road.

The Tigers, who have been competitive against good teams all year, were also searching for their first league win and were fired up on their homecoming night.

It took a while for the Pacers to warm up on offense. The team struggled to sustain drives and get into a rhythm. The defense did its best to keep the team in the game, providing big hits that forced fumbles all night.

However, Newberg was able to build a 21-0 lead, taking advantage of a few Pacer miscues to quickly get into scoring range.

Lakeridge started to come alive in the second half. With the Pacers' quick offense starting to give Newberg trouble, Holden Catlett punctuated a nice drive to put his team on the board.

However, any momentum shift was turned away just a few minutes later. With 8:29 to play in the third quarter, Newberg came up with a 56-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-7 and put the Pacers in a hole once again.

Lakeridge threw the ball better than it has for much of the season with quarterback Brooks Dutton completing 20 of 41 passes for 206 yards.

Both Catlett and Nick Hoddevik ran for more than 100 yards on the ground as well as the Pacers gained nearly 500 yards of total offense.

However, Lakeridge was stuffed near the goal line on two separate occasions, putting an end to promising drives in what has been a theme at times this year.

Catlett would score once more in the third quarter but Newberg had already put the game out of reach.

Defensively, Lakeridge forced seven fumbles in the game and recovered four of them.

Lakeridge will move on to face top-10 ranked Tualatin this week at home.