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Gophers fail to get over the top on Oregon City

Gresham keeps it close in the second half, but falls 34-26 to the Pioneers

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Gresham receiver Maleka Arango pulls away from a crowd of tacklers to pick up a first down on a TD-drive late in the first half Friday.

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Gresham’s football team kept the pressure on Oregon City throughout the second half Friday night, but the visiting Pioneers responded three straight times to earn a 34-26 win.

After falling behind 14-0 in the first half, Gresham moved to within striking distance when running back Sirgeo Hoffman broke free for a 71-yard touchdown run coming out of the halftime locker room. Gresham’s pass to the end zone fell incomplete on the two-point conversion, stealing away what would prove to be the Gophers only chance to even the score.

Oregon City regained a cushion when QB Thomas Hamilton hit Trevon Bradford on a 47-yard touchdown strike.

Gresham would close to within two points twice more later in the game, but the Pioneers sealed the victory when Hamilton and Bradford connected on another long bomb in the fourth quarter.

Gresham (2-3) plays No. 6 Central Catholic (4-1) in a Thursday game this week at Hillsboro Stadium.

Look for expanded game coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 7, print edition.

View a photo gallery from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

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