Lake Oswego, the defending Oregon 6A state champion, forced three turnovers, rolled up 415 yards of offense and blanked Olympia, 34-0, in an opening week nonleague contest at Ingersoll Stadium on Friday.
“That’s a great program we played tonight,” said Olympia coach Bill Beattie, whose undermanned squad was forced to tangle with one of the Northwest’s powerhouse programs without the services of a handful of starters due to injuries and ineligible players. “We wanted to get the best possible opponent to gauge where we want to be as a program and I’m not sure we could have found a better team to play.”
The Bears had won four straight and 14 out of their last 15 season openers with their last week one loss coming in 2007 against Tumwater (21-14), but dug an early hole against the visiting Lakers, fumbling the opening kickoff and giving up an early interception.
“Obviously its not the start you want to see,” Beattie said. “You do that against any team you’re going to be in trouble.”
Gabe Padukiewicz, making his first career start for the Bears, completed 10 of 18 passes for 96 yards, but was intercepted twice.
The Bears ground attack found life equally difficult producing yards against the stingy Lakers defense, gaining just 33 yards through the first three quarters.
“This is what we wanted,” Beattie said. “This will make us a better team. We played like it was week one, but I was very pleased with how we battled out there.”
The last time Olympia was shut out was 2007 – a 14-0 defeat to Gig Harbor.