Gophers build big lead in win over Lincoln
Gresham has two touchdowns called back on penalties in its 23-15 win
Laying a tackle on Gresham running back Devauntae Hoffman is like trying to catch a cannon ball. You are better off to just get out of the way.
Facing 3rd-and-4 and needing one first down to be able to run out the clock, Gresham coach Todd Nagel knew exactly where the ball needed to go. Hoffman took the hand-off and went around the left side, but there blocking his path to the marker was Lincolns Jaray Kindell.
Hoffman went straight at him.
A burst of speed, a dip of the shoulder pads and Kindell was knocked backward, while Hoffman crashed to the turf with the game-winning first down.
Coaches are always talking about dip and boom, lowering your shoulder to get that extra yard, Hoffman said. I saw I had one guy to beat, and I knew if I got that first down we won the game.
The Gophers took two kneel-downs and Lincoln was powerless to stop the final minute from ticking off the clock.
The 23-15 win makes Gresham the only 2-0 team in the Mount Hood Conference, heading into its home opener next Friday against McNary.
The Gophers scored on three big plays all coming from the other side of midfield on their way to a 23-0 lead late in the third quarter. Micah Tolai got behind the defense on an option pass trick play from Issac Hinojosa good for 55 yards to supply the teams final touchdown.
Lincoln rallied late, opening the fourth quarter with quarterback John Williams scrambling through the middle 15 yards for a touchdown.
The Cardinals made it a one-possession game with 2:33 to play when Williams hit Kindell on a 19-yard scoring strike.
Gresham recovered the onsides kick and ran out the remaining time.
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