From the Oregonian (9/6/14):
WEST LINN 28, OREGON CITY 21 Four TDs, two QBs, zero seniors BY JERRY ULMER JULMER@OREGONIAN.COM WEST LINN — The team of the future might be ready sooner than anticipated. West Linn, playing with sophomores “all over the yard,” according to first-year coach Chris Miller, played with the poise and intensity of a veteran team Friday night in beating No. 4 Oregon City 28-21 in the Class 6A football non-league opener for both teams. Oregon City wiped out a 15-0 deficit to take a 21-15 lead in the third quarter, but the young Lions responded with two touchdown passes from sophomore Tim Tawa to win the 94th Battle for the Bridge. “I think we’re going to show some people some things this season,” Tawa said. “We feel good about what we’re doing, and we really showed it on the field with our energy and our poise.” Tawa started and shared time at quarterback with junior Brooks DeBisschop. Tawa completed 14 of 21 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns and DeBisschop went 3 for 6 for 78 yards and two scores. Sophomore Elijah Molden caught four passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns and junior Cody Coppedge had five catches for 96 yards and one score for the Lions, who started one freshman, four sophomores and six juniors on offense. “We played very well considering how young weare,” Coppedge said. “No one believed in us, and we came out and proved everyone wrong. I feel like wecan beat anyone.” Oregon City, playing their first game under coach Randy Nyquist, took a 21-15 lead in the third quarter when senior Thomas Hamilton threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to junior Trevon Bradford, who finished with eight catches for 130 yards and two scores. But West Linn answered behind Tawa, who completed four passes on a 68-yard drive, connecting with senior Jake Zeller on an 11-yard touchdown for a 22-21 lead. “It was a great drive,” Miller said. “That shows you really good character. They were down a little bit, a little bit quiet, but it’s a really competitive group.” The Lions made it 28-21 with 2:51 left in the game when Tawa threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Coppedge, but the ensuing kick failed, keeping the lead at seven. Oregon City junior Conner Mitchell, who rushed for 136 yards on 22 carries, ran for 22 yards to the West Linn 37 but fumbled, and Lions junior Connor Berggren recovered with 2:25 left. The Pioneers got the ball back with five seconds remaining, but a desperation pass to the end zone fell incomplete. “We believed we could compete,” Miller said. “We didn’t know whether we could win or not. But I just can’t say enough about these guys.” Molden took a deep breath and assessed what his team had just accomplished. “Unbelievable,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a couple of years. ” DeBisschop replaced Tawa in the second quarter and threw two touchdown passes to Molden as the Lions opened a 15-0 lead. But Oregon City responded with an 80-yard drive to pull within 15-7. Hamilton tossed a six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sam Maughn, who jumped high to snag the ball in a crowd.
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