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Gophers fall flat in the second half

6A FOOTBALL - Gresham is shut out after the first quarter in 28-14 loss to Lincoln
by: Jim Clark Gresham running back Devauntae Hoffman hurdles a tackler in the middle of the field during Friday’s playoff loss at Lincoln.

PORTLAND - Gresham held the lead late in the first quarter, but the rains came and washed the Gophers out of the 6A playoffs with a 28-14 loss at Lincoln on Friday afternoon.

The Gophers moved ahead early when Devon Shields hit tight end Spencer Kelley on a long out pattern to put the ball at the 2-yard line. Like they've done most of the season, Gresham handed the ball to junior tailback Devauntae Hoffman to finish the drive with a plunge through the middle.

Lincoln's next possession ended in a hurry, as Gresham got pressure on quarterback Andrew Ellsworth, highlighted on first down when Dillon Fornos pulled him to the turf for a 6-yard loss. Ellsworth was hurried again on a long third-down attempt and his pass went off-target and ended up in the arms of Gresham's Micah Tolai, who returned it 40 yards to put the Gophers back in scoring position...

Look for full game coverage in the Nov. 12, edition of The Outlook.