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Early turnovers doom Pacers against West Linn

The Lions rack up points quickly as Lakeridge falls to 1-4

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's D.J. Dalzell gets tackled by a host of Lions in last week's game. Dalzell saw time at quarterback and receiver for the Pacers and scored the team's lone touchdown.Facing its second straight state title contender in as many weeks, the Lakeridge football team could ill afford many mistakes if it wanted to stay in the game against West Linn on the road last week.

Unfortunately for the Pacers, early turnovers and a handful of costly errors allowed the Lions to jump out early, rolling to a 50-6 victory.

Lakeridge committed turnovers on each of their first two possessions and the Lions capitalized on the good field position with a pair of touchdowns to make it 14-0 less than four minutes into the game.

The Pacers then got a first down run from Holden Catlett and another first down on a pass interference penalty before being forced to punt.

After finally pinning the Lions back, Lakeridge appeared to have come up with a stop following a big sack from Jack Holum. However, West Linn would convert on fourth down in its own territory and eventually score. The Pacers moved the ball on their next drive, getting an 18-yard run from Austin Peters. But Lakeridge was stopped near midfield again and forced to punt.

West Linn moved the ball into Lakeridge territory but its fourth down pass fell incomplete, giving Lakeridge the ball at its own 37-yard line.

But the Pacers couldn't get into rhythm on offense and were forced to punt. The Lions dominated the end of the first half, taking advantage of a muffed punt attempt and another fumble to build a 44-0 advantage.

Finally, late in the third quarter, Lakeridge would move the ball, doing the bulk of the damage on the ground.

Dalzell converted on fourth and two and then rattled off a 41-yard scramble before scoring from one yard out on the next play.

That would wrap up the scoring on the night as the Pacers fell to 0-3 in league. Lakeridge will now take on Newberg this Friday. The Tigers are coming off a tough 38-35 loss to Tigard.