Gophers make late stop to preserve win over Reynolds
Gresham finds the end zone twice in the second half for the 14-6 win
Gresham quarterback Issac Hinojosa had just plunged over the goal line from a yard out to give the Gophers a 14-6 lead over Reynolds. The only problem was that the Raiders quick-strike attack still had 3:57 on the clock to get the tying touchdown.
Reynolds converted a 3rd-and-10 when Josh Schleining found Caleb Chavez for a 13-yard gain on the right sideline. Moments later, the Raiders moved across midfield when Chavez hauled in a 12-yard catch, hanging on while absorbing a thunderous hit by Greshams Andy Pham.
Reynolds would get down to the 32-yard-line before a pair of incompletions brought up 4th-and-2.
This was the game. Move the chains or get on the bus.
Reynolds called timeout and returned to the field with a jumbo package, keeping their QB on the sideline and putting fullback Kyle Auda in shotgun formation. He took the snap and charged up the middle, but only made it a few steps before a crowd of Gresham tacklers stacked him up for no gain.
Our defense was the story of the game they were fantastic tonight, Gresham coach Todd Nagel said.
The ball went over to the Gophers with 2:30 to play, and Gresham drew the Raiders offsides on 4th-and-1 to pick up a first down and run out the clock.
The teams took a scoreless game into halftime before Micah Tolai caught a 43-yard TD pass midway through the third quarter to give Gresham a 7-0 lead.
Reynolds answered early in the fourth on a 4-yard run by Schleining, but Tolai blocked the extra point to keep the Gophers in front 7-6.
The Gophers played the game with Hinojosa, who was inserted at QB after junior starter Devon Shields suffered a broken wrist on practice Wednesday. He is unlikely to return this season.
Gresham (7-1) can lock up second place in the Mount Hood Conference with a win in its regular-season finale next week at home against David Douglas (3-5).
In other East County action,
Central Catholic 50, Barlow 6
Lincoln 33, Centennial 22
Grant 36, David Douglas 20
Look for extended game coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 23, edition of The Outlook.
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