Quick start puts Gophers in command over Centennial
Gresham moves to 5-0 heading into next weeks showdown with No. 2-ranked Central Catholic
Gresham came out of the gates at full speed, piling up three touchdowns in the first quarter and never trailing in a 34-28 win over Centennial on Friday night.
The Gophers scored on their opening drive, going 65 yards in seven plays, ending with Maleko Arrango hauling in a 31-yard touchdown strike from QB Devon Shields.
Devauntae Hoffman intercepted a Centennial third-down pass near midfield and returned the ball inside the 20-yard line, putting the Gophers in scoring position once again. Hoffman finished the short drive by winning a 4-yard sprint to the pylon, making it 14-0 Gresham just four minutes into the game.
A fourth-down stop gave the Gophers the ball back, and in one play they added more points to the scoreboard. Hoffman struck again, this time scooting around the right side and out racing everyone 66 yards to the goal line.
He would add a 74-yard score in the second quarter, as the Gophers took a 28-14 lead into halftime.
The Gophers (5-0) take on No. 2-ranked Central Catholic (3-2) at Jeld-Wen Field next Friday in a game that will likely decide the MHC title.
Look for extended game coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 2, edition of The Outlook.
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