That is, if a tough non-conference schedule was supposed to toughen up the Juneau-Douglas High School football team for the season's home stretch and, hopefully, the playoffs.
The Crimson Bears (2-3, 2-1 conference) fell behind 35-3 before half-time against last year's Oregon 6A runners-up Saturday, only managing to close the gap to 35-10 before the final whistle.
There were a few bright spots for Juneau-Douglas, a scoring drive in the first half and a defensive touchdown in the second half, but both came against the Lakers' second-string players.
The JDHS defense held its ground early, forcing Lake Oswego to turn the ball over after a failed attempt on fourth down. The Crimson Bears' run-based offense had trouble gaining leverage against Lake Oswego's defensive line, though, and they were forced to punt on their first possession of the game.
Lake Oswego's next play saw quarterback Jack Lomax connect with his receiver on a deep route, resulting in an 82-yard touchdown pass. The Lakers' next possession brought much of the same, as Lomax hit another receiver for a 52-yard strike.
Lake Oswego then turned to its run game, marching down the field and punching it in from one yard out.
Juneau-Douglas' first pass of the game followed, but it was picked off, and Lomax responded with another one-play drive, tossing a 25-yard scoring pass this time.
Lomax finished the game with 11 completed passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns. He did not return to the field in the second half.
Another JDHS interception resulted in Lomax's fourth and final touchdown pass, from nine yards out.
The Crimson Bears' offense was greatly improved on its final possession of the first half, picking up three first downs in the final minute before Joe Slagle connected on a 24-yard field goal to get JDHS on the board.
Lake Oswego brought in its second-string players for the majority of the second-half.
Juneau-Douglas' defense was able to knock the ball out of the hands of the Lakers' backup quarterback in the end zone, and Sam Nauer recovered for the Crimson Bears' lone touchdown.
JDHS did recover the following onside kick, but failed to score.
JDHS next hosts North Pole at 8 p.m. Friday.
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