Big plays lift Gresham past Hood River

Gophers' running back Peter DeBois piles up 212 yards
by: David Ball, Gresham running back Casey Patnode looks for yardage, while Hood River lineman John Moore gives chase.

Gresham came up with all the big plays to escape a late threat from Hood River during a 42-28 win to start the Mount Hood Conference football season Friday night.

The Gophers took control 28-14 early in the second half when Hood River fumbled the ball on an option play, and Gresham linebacker Casey Patnode scooped it up and raced 66 yards for the touchdown.

'The ball popped right into my hands, and it felt like I had my whole team with me to the end zone,' Patnode said.

Hood River bounced back with two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter, trimming the margin to 34-28 when Ian Bohince found the end zone for the second time with 8:03 to play.

The Eagles' defense almost got the ball right back, but a pass interference penalty gave Gresham a much-needed first down.

The Gophers found their groove, taking almost five minutes off the clock before Peter DeBois scrambled in from 27 yards away to seal the victory. He also scored on the first play of the game, breaking through the middle for a 67-yard touchdown.

Look for extended football coverage in the Saturday, Sept. 23, issue of the Gresham Outlook.