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A forced fumble and two interceptions spoil Greshams comeback bid

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Reynolds QB Josh Schleining hands off to running back Jaryll Johnson during the second half of Fridays 55-34 win over Gresham.TROUTDALE — The Reynolds football team walked into the halftime locker room with a three touchdown lead Friday night, but would need some fourth-quarter heroics to down Gresham 55-34 and taken the inside track to the league’s final playoff spot.

The Gophers recovered a pair of onside kicks that led to touchdowns in the third quarter and pounced on a Reynolds fumble near midfield that set the stage for a potential go-ahead drive.

Gresham moved into the red zone after Maleko Arango reached up high and pulled down a 25-yard catch on 4th-and-4. The Gophers were knocking on the door when the Reynolds defense flipped the field in one wild play.

Facing 3rd-and-3, Gresham called an option play to the left.

It never had a chance.

Reynolds linebacker Brad Smith burst through the middle almost as fast as the ball was snapped and rushed Gresham QB Devon Shields into making a quick pitch. A crowd of tacklers met Gresham running back Sergio Hoffman the moment the ball hit his hands and it popped out. Raiders linebacker Aidan Dois scooped it up and raced 60 yards the other way before being pulled down from behind.

Now, it was the Raiders turn to hunt the end zone.

They found it in four plays. Hutu Spencer took a handoff and zipped around the right side for a 17-yard TD run that pushed the Reynolds lead to 48-34 with 7:56 to play.

Kanyon Flynn intercepted a pair of passes down the stretch to kill Gresham’s comeback hopes.

Look for extended game coverage in our Tuesday, Oct. 22, print edition.

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