After starting the season 1-2, then going on a three game win streak that included a win over arch rival Lake Oswego, the Lions fell for the third consecutive week in a row to the Canby Cougars (4-4, 2-2 Three Rivers League) 35-14. West Linn has now dropped to 3-5, 1-3 TRL, and last place overall in the Three Rivers League Conference.
The Cougars were on the board first when quarterback Austin Taylor, senior, ran in from nine yards out. With the extra point, Canby was up 7-0. With about seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Cougars scored again from Noah Kyllo, senior, who had a five yard rushing touchdown. Around two minutes were left before halftime when Kyllo struck again, this time from 55 yards out and Canby was up 21-0. The Lions were finally on the board when quarterback Hayden Coppedge, senior, threw a 60 yard touchdown pass to Cameron Schmitz, senior, and at halftime, the score was 21-7.
The Cougars were first to score in the second half when Taylor converted on a one yard run to put Canby up 28-7.
With about 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Coppedge threw a six yard touchdown pass; this time to Ty Cleland, senior, and the score was 28-14. The Cougars had one more touchdown in them when Kyllo scored on a one yard run, which would be the final score of the game, and Canby ran away with it, 35-14.
West Linn’s next game will be against the Lakeridge Pacers (6-2, 2-2 TRL) on senior night at West Linn High School at 7 p.m. The Pacers are coming off a nail biter against Lake Oswego in which Lakeridge won on a last second Hail Mary 20-14.