West Linn Football routs South Salem

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Niki Gray

Braden Vogt,senior, defends a South Salem Saxon in the Lions 58-9 victory on Sept. 20. The Lions look to carry on their two game win streak against league rival Lake Oswego

The West Linn Lions (2-2, 0-0 Three Rivers League) took on the South Salem Saxons with revenge on their mind. The Lions lost last years’ matchup 43-34 at South Salem but this year was much much different. West Linn owned all four quarters and didn’t even seem to break a sweat cruising to a 58-9 victory.

The Lions scored first from who else but Louie Germain, senior, on a three yard scamper into the end zone. Germain scored again this time from a yard out and West Linn had an early 14-0 lead. The Saxons were on the board when West Linn was called for intentional grounding resulting in a two-point safety.

Germain was on fire into the second quarter and scored three touchdowns from four, two, and three yards out, respectively. South Salem scored their only touchdown on a 97 yard kickoff as West Linn not only dominated on offense, but defense as well. Germain had amassed five rushing touchdowns in the first half and the Lions led 35-9 going into the third quarter.

During the third quarter, Hayden Coppedge, senior, threw a 34 yard touchdown pass to Kurt Moon, junior, who dodged and weaved his way into the end zone. Coppedge and Moon connected again for another touchdown, this time from 15 yards out.

The Lions continued their dominance on defense by shutting out South Salem in both the third and fourth quarter. Ben Jacobs, senior, converted a 27 yard field goal to put West Linn up 48-9. The Lions concluded the scoring barrage on what may have been the most exciting touchdown all night. Kahlil Monson, sophomore, scored on a 51 yard run but it was what happened right before Monson crossed the goal line that fired up the crowd. Monson was sprinting up the sideline and it appeared that he would be stopped around the ten yard line. Monson faked a juke to the left that would have even made De’Anthony Thomas say “wow.” The defender stopped in his tracks and Monson flew by scoring his first touchdown of the season.

West Linn takes on Lake Oswego (1-3) next Friday at 7 p.m. at Lake Oswego. The Lions look to avenge a 41-0 blowout from last season as the Lakers have struggled against top competition such as Jesuit, Central Catholic, and Southridge.