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Kyle Warner runs all over the Gresham Gophers

by: Carole Archer, Gresham wide receiver Joe Schiller tries to elude Centennial defenders Ben Eiden (21) and David Vieru (28).

The Gresham Gophers will probably have nightmares about Kyle Warner this week.

The junior quarterback/defensive back from Centennial torched the Gophers for four touchdowns and 155 rushing yards as he led the Eagles to a 36-20 victory at Gresham on Thursday, Oct. 12. He also grabbed a key fourth-quarter interception in the end zone, squashing the Gophers final comeback attempt.

The Eagles focused heavily on running the ball throughout the game, gaining 354 total yards on the ground and only 17 in air, including none in the second half.

They used a misdirection scheme that included multiple fake handoffs on many plays to keep the Gopher's defense off balance.

Warner scored all four of his touchdowns, including runs of 43 and 34 yards, on the ground as he conducted Centennial's option run game almost flawlessly.

Senior running back Eddie Burton provided an additional 90 yards on 11 carries and junior running back Ben Elden added an extra 59 yards, most of which came on his 50-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the Gophers.

Gresham started off strong and controlled the action early as they led for a good portion of the first half.

They grabbed the early lead on a 72-yard touchdown run down the right sideline by junior running back Daniel Gilbertson on the second play of the game.

Gilbertson found the end zone again on a four-yard run in the second quarter.

The Gophers also scored on a seven-yard swing pass from sophomore quarterback Mickey Inns to junior receiver Joe Schiller in the first quarter.

Centennial led at halftime 29-20 after junior defensive back Drew Fisher grabbed one of his two interceptions and took it 28 yards into Gresham territory setting up an Eagles touchdown in the final minute of the half.

Gresham's final comeback attempt midway through the fourth quarter took them to the Centennial two-yard line.

But the drive failed when Warner picked off the ball as Inns heaved it desperately into the end zone on third down.