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Vernonia rolls past Gaston

Loggers pull away in the second half and race to a 36-10 league win against Gaston

Gaston hung around for the first half of last Friday’s Northwest League football game against Vernonia, but the Loggers seized control after halftime and pulled away for a convincing 36-10 victory.

 - Gaston senior running back Ian Mann (6) tries to keep his balance after an attempted tackle by Vernonia's Robert Connor last Friday night.

Gaston enjoyed some promising moments, such as quarterback Jarad Davis’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Vandyke that opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, as well as a short field goal that gave the Greyhounds a 10-8 lead near the end of the period.

Ultimately, however, it was Vernonia’s ability to answer quickly with big plays that spelled doom for Gaston.

Vandyke’s touchdown reception, for example, was followed less than a minute later by a 62-yard TD pass from Steele Ware to Robert Connor. That duo connected again just before halftime, this time on an 82-yard touchdown pass that gave Vernonia a 14-10 lead at the break.

The momentum shifted early in the third quarter when the Loggers recovered an onside kick and then scored on a 50-yard quarterback keeper by Ware for a 20-10 advantage. Vernonia pulled away in the fourth quarter on a pair of TD runs by Blade Ware, the first one a 9-yarder and the second one spanning 17 yards.