Gophers close out Reynolds in the second half
Mount Hood Conference
Gresham's football team stiff-armed Reynolds on the scoreboard, keeping the Raiders just far enough away to collect a 33-23 win Thursday night.
The Gophers took charge midway through the third quarter on a drive that featured five straight runs in an up-tempo style. The moment the referee placed the ball down, Gresham was lined up and ready to bulldoze its way forward.
The drive paid off when the Gophers went to the air with QB Jake Biesterfeld hitting Ezra Samperi over the middle for a 22-yard touchdown and a 20-9 lead.
The Raiders would never hold the ball with a chance to take the lead.
The Gophers put the game out of reach when Biesterfeld dipped his shoulder and absorbed some contact to move the chains on 3rd-and-10 with less than two minutes to play.
Running back Charles Ndayizeye took the ensuing handoff and was first through the hole for a 28-yard touchdown sprint for the final points of the night.
Gresham (3-2) travels to Barlow next week for a rivalry game with the winner gaining the inside track to the Mount Hood Conference's final guaranteed playoff berth.
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