Gophers clinch a first-round home game when the playoffs begin in two weeks

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Gresham running back Devauntae Hoffman leaps over a David Douglas tackler en route to one of his four scores in the first half Friday.

Gresham cleaned up its play after a rough start Friday that saw the field littered with yellow laundry and blew past David Douglas 44-20 to wrap up a one-loss regular season.

A series of personal foul penalties helped the visiting Scots to a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Gophers took command of the game before halftime.

Running back Devauntae Hoffman put Gresham in front early in the second quarter when he scooted around the left side for 25 yards, splitting a pair of tacklers along the sideline to cross into the end zone. He added a 10-yard TD run on the Gophers’ next drive to make it 27-14 at halftime.

Hoffman accounted for all four Gresham TDs in the first half.

David Douglas drove inside the 15-yard line late in the half, but missed on a pair of passes to the end zone. The third time would not be the charm, as Gresham’s Mason McCoy pulled down an interception in the back of the end zone.

Gresham (8-1) was ranked 12th in the state’s RPI heading into the night and will host a first-round playoff game in two weeks.

Look for extended game coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 30, edition of The Outlook.

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