All of the points are scored in the second quarter in the Gophers 14-10 victory

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Greshams DeAndre Adams, 51, and Daniel Allen chase down Barlow running back Aaron Nelson during Thursdays 14-10 win.

Gresham’s defense locked up Barlow in the second half Friday for a 14-10 win in East County’s biggest rivalry game.

Barlow held the lead twice in the first half, going in front 10-7 on a 37-yard field goal by Zach Standish.

But that lead lasted only one play, as the Gophers called on its time-tested reverse pass trick play. Isaac Hinojosa took the handoff in the backfield, stopped in his tracks and launched a long ball to Micah Tolai, who outraced everyone to the end zone for a 68-yard scoring play that proved to supply the winning points.

The Gophers took a four-point lead into halftime and protected it with a pair of clock-crunching drives after the intermission.

The first went for 13 plays before ending with an incomplete pass on fourth down, taking almost seven minutes off the clock. The second was a near mirror-image, also going 13 plays and peeling more than six minutes off the clock before ending on an incomplete pass into the end zone.

Barlow took possession deep in its own end with 3:09 to play. After failing to move the ball on back-to-back plays, the Bruins’ fate was sealed when Tolai intercepted a third-down pass in the center of the field.

“I knew Kennedy (Johnson) was their go-to guy, so I got myself in position to make a play,” Tolai said. “It was a physical game with a lot of talk on both sides, but we showed that we’re a tough team.”

In other MHC action, Reynolds beat Centennial 34-27 and Central Catholic shut out David Douglas 21-0.

Look for extended game coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 16, edition of The Outlook.

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