Gaston races to another big win

Hounds hit the 60-point mark for the second time in a victory over Santiam

At this rate, the Gaston football team may have to see if they can upgrade to a scoreboard that accommodates triple-digit scores.

The Greyhounds turned in another explosive offensive performance on Friday, cracking the 60-point barrier for the second time this season in a 62-34 win over visiting Santiam.

Gaston scored almost at will, getting into the end zone twice on pass plays from quarterback David Carr to wideout Dusty Brown. Austin Morey scored on a reverse, and Adam Johnson also scored on a reverse, coming out of the slot to hit a bit play for the Hounds.

'As a team we played really well,' said Gaston athletic director Erik Lentz. '(Our defense) created a couple turnovers and our offense looked real good.'

Gaston built a big early lead, which allowed the coaching staff to substitute liberally in the second half and get some quality playing time for the reserves.

'The 34 points (Santiam) scored is kind of misleading because it was their first team kids against a lot of our second team kids,' Lentz said. 'But it was nice to be able to get a lot of the kids in the game and get them some time.'

After outscoring their first two opponents by a combined margin of 123-54, the Hounds should get more of a test this week when they face Valley Catholic, a Class 3A opponent from the Lewis and Clark League, in a game that will be played at Tigard High School.

'They're a 3A team from a tough league, so we have to expect them to be a quality opponent,' Lentz said. 'They play in a league with Rainier, which is the defending state champ, so we know they're going to be tough.

'We need to play our first stringers a bit more this week. I think that will help us get where we want to be.'