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No reversal of fortune as Irish fall to Lakers.

Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

Kevin Maher is Lake Oswego's leading receiver and the Three Rivers League offensive player of the year, but he calls J.T. Coury the Lakers' top receiver.

So when Maher took a reverse and looked to pass, he found Coury for a 28-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter that lifted the seventh-ranked Lakers past No. 3 Sheldon 14-7 in the second round of the OSAA Class 4A football playoffs Friday night at Sheldon High School.

Less than three minutes after Sheldon tied the game 7-7, Maher took a handoff from quarterback Nick Lomax and found Coury in the back of the end zone with 3:16 left in the third quarter.

"That's a play we put in early in the week," Maher said. "When we had a chance to run it, I tried my best to get the ball up. J.T. is probably our best receiver, and if you throw the ball deep, J.T. will come up with it."

Lake Oswego (10-1) advanced to face No. 4 South Medford in the quarterfinals after eliminating Sheldon (10-1) in the second round for the second year in a row.

"It's hard right now in the end of it all, but our seniors leave having not lost a league game and being part of a state championship," Sheldon coach Marty Johnson said. "Unfortunately the last two seasons ended sooner than we would have liked, but it's tough. In 4A football there are quality teams, and unfortunately Lake Oswego had our number in the last two seasons."

The Lakers intercepted Sheldon quarterback Corey Moran four times and held the Irish 27 points below their season average. Moran, who was 26-for-38 for 241 yards and a touchdown, injured his left shoulder in the first half but said the injury was not a factor.

"No excuses," he said. "We got the ball close to the red zone and called the right plays, but I made a couple bad decisions throwing into coverage. They did a good job disguising coverages."

Maher, who had two interceptions, said that was the plan.

"They can pass the ball, and we came into the game thinking pass," Maher said. "It is all about the scheme our coaches put in and disguising coverage. We had to get where we needed to be at the last second, and I was at the right spot at the right time."

Lake Oswego took a 7-0 lead when Lomax threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Rohde on the Lakers' opening drive. Lake Oswego had two fourth-down conversions on the drive that lasted more than six minutes.

Sheldon drove to the Lake Oswego 25-yard line late in the first half before Pat Salvo intercepted Moran at the goal line to preserve the Lakers' 7-0 lead at halftime.

Maher intercepted Moran deep in Lake Oswego territory in the third quarter, but the Irish got the ball back immediately when Beau Baltzer recovered a fumble at the Lake Oswego 24-yard line.

On third-and-10, Moran threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Aaron McVein to tie the game 7-7 with 6:00 left in the third quarter.

Lake Oswego quickly drove down the field and got a first down at the Sheldon 28-yard line when Dallas Hogensen made a diving catch for a 21-yard gain. Two plays later, Maher found Coury in the back of the end zone.

Sheldon's final drive started at its own 9-yard line with 4:02 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Irish drove to the 45-yard line before Lake Oswego held on fourth down with 1:35 left to play.

Sheldon had 258 yards of offense compared to 195 for Lake Oswego. Lomax was 11-for-16 for 113 yards, while the Lakers rushed for 54 yards on 30 carries.



Class 4A

Second Round


Jesuit 24, Roseburg 17

Central Catholic 20, North Salem 17

Sprague 15, Westview 9

Lincoln 31, Clackamas 24 OT

Grant 34, Barlow 28 2OT

Beaverton 23, Tigard 10

Lake Oswego 14, Sheldon 7

South Medford 49, McNary 16


NOV. 26-27 GAMES

Jesuit v Central Catholic

Lincoln v Sprague

Beaverton v Grant

South Medford v Lake Oswego

Class 3A

Second Round


Junction City 20, Astoria 0

Sherwood 16, North Valley 12

North Bend 31, Stayton 26

Sweet Home 35, Estacada 7

Scappoose 33, Toledo 0


Ontario v Central, Western Oregon University, noon

Siuslaw at Baker, 1 p.m.

Brookings at Wilsonville, 3 p.m.


NOV. 26-27 GAMES

Junction City at Sherwood

Ontario-Central winner v North Bend

Siuslaw-Baker winner v Brookings-Wilsonville winner

Scappoose at Sweet Home

Class 2A

Second Round


Bandon 45, Jefferson 13

Warrenton 20, Kennedy 7


Nyssa at Heppner, 1 p.m.

Amity at Lost River, 1 p.m.

Blanchet at Vale, 1 p.m.

Bonanza at Santiam Christian, noon

Grant Union at Vernonia, 1 p.m.

Dayton at Gold Beach, 1 p.m.


NOV. 26-27 GAMES

Nyssa-Heppner winner v Amity-Lost River winner

Blanchet-Vale winner v Bonanza-Santiam Christian winner

Grant Union-Vernonia winner v Bandon

Warrenton v Dayton-Gold Beach winner

Class 1A



Perrydale 22, Mohawk 6


Pine Eagle at Triangle Lake, 1 p.m.

Wallowa at McKenzie, noon

South Wasco County at St. Paul, 1 p.m.


NOV. 26-27 GAMES

Triangle Lake-Pine Eagle winner v Perrydale

McKenzie-Wallowa winner v South Wasco County-St. Paul winner


Sheldon players feel the effects of their second-round loss to Lake Oswego in the Class 4A playoffs Friday night. P r e p f o o t b a l l `They can pass the ball, and we came into the game thinking pass. It is all about the scheme our coaches put in and disguising coverage. We had to get where we needed to be at the last second, and I was at the right spot at the right time.' KEVIN MAHER LAKE OSWEGO RECEIVER/DEFENSIVE BACK Wayne Eastburn / The Register-Guard T.J. Coury hauls in a touchdown pass from Kevin Maher, giving Lake Oswego the lead in the third quarter of the Lakers' 14-7 victory over Sheldon.
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Title Annotation:Sports; Lake Oswego uses a trick play in the third quarter to take the lead en route to knocking Sheldon out of the playoffs again
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Date:Nov 20, 2004
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