Gresham finds the end zone twice in the second half for the 14-6 win

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Greshams Micah Tolai is welcomed by teammates after hauling in a 43-yard touchdown catch that put the Gophers ahead 7-0 midway through the third quarter.

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 Gresham’s 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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