Lakers in championships for second year

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Saturday, Dec. 7, the No. 3 ranked Lake Oswego Football team traveled to Hillsboro Stadium to take on No. 4 ranked Central Catholic in the OSAA 6A State Championship.

Lake Oswego, who was the defending state champion, was coming off a victory against the Jesuit Crusaders in the semi finals.  The star of the game was Casey Filkins (again) with his four total touchdowns.  The play of the game, however, belongs to Senior Joe Hutson.  Late in the third quarter, it seemed as if Jesuit running back Kade Wisher was going to put the Crusaders up a touchdown, but Joe Hutson had a different thought.  The All-League corner chased him down and popped the ball out, and then recovered it.  The Lakers would go onto win 28-21.

The following weekend, the Lakers would try to finish off their 2019 campaign with another first place finish.  The day before the game, Filkins recieved yet another award.  This time, the Stanford Cardinal commit was named the Oregon Football Gatorade Player of the Year.  The game however, was not as fulfilling.  Central Catholic had the passing game going all day as their quarterback, Senior Cade Knighton, threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns.  The Rams running back, Elijah Elliot, ran for three touchdowns as well in the game.  For the Lakers, Filkins ran for 238 yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns on the ground.  He also threw one to junior wide receiver Malcolm Williams.  At the end of the game, Coach Steve Coury subbed out Filkins in what was a very emotional moment for all involved.

No matter how it ended, the student body thanks the football team for all the incredible work they did for our school!