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Bearcats come up short in double-overtime loss to Portland

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The Daily WorldThe Grays Harbor Bearcats rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes Saturday.After quarterback Tyler…

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Ravens clip Bearcats on last-second defensive stand, 18-12

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12-18 Loss on last play...

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Bearcats control the Mayhem, 20-12, in semi-pro football opener

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Bearcats come up short in double-overtime loss to Portland

The Grays Harbor Bearcats rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes Saturday.

After quarterback Tyler Gedney connected on a touchdown pass to Christopher Cook in second overtime to pull the Bearcats within one point of the Portland Pitbulls, Grays Harbor set up to go for a two-point conversion. Portland came with a heavy blitz up the middle and Gedney lofted a screen pass to running back Vincent McCrory, but the pass was just out of the reach of McCrory’s grasp, giving Portland a 36-35 win in a Pacific Football League opener at Stewart Field.

“I didn’t want to go for a tie,” Grays Harbor head coach Todd Hoiness said. “We caught them in the blitz, but we didn’t hook up on it. It would have been a really nice win. We stepped up and made a lot of improvement from last week.”

Both teams launched aerial attacks for most of the game with Grays Harbor passing for 172 yards and Portland gaining 275 yards through the air.

While Grays Harbor outgained last week’s total passing yards in just the first half, it was the Bearcat defense that came up with the big play when the team needed it most in the fourth quarter. Tied at 29-29 with less than three minutes to go in regulation, Portland had the ball first-and-10 on the Grays Harbor 19-yard line. The Bearcats forced two incompletions and stopped Pitbull receiver Tyrrell Stewart inches short of the first down to force fourth-and-one with 37 seconds left on the clock. Portland ran the ball, but three Bearcats met the Pitbull back three yards behind the line of scrimmage. The ball popped loose and was recovered by Portland short of the first down. Grays Harbor took over on downs, but chose to take a knee and take the game to overtime.

The Pacific Football League plays a Kansas City tiebreaker format, which alternates giving teams a chance to score from the 25-yard line. The team leading after both teams have had possession of the ball wins the game.

The Bearcats got the ball first in the overtime, but couldn’t muster up the offense they needed, gaining only one yard over four downs. Portland had plenty of chances to end the game in the first overtime. Stewart and Willie Lowe each dropped almost sure touchdown passes before the Pitbulls faked a field goal from 42 yards. Holder Russell Millage sprinted right and connected a pass to Brandon Benson, but Benson was pulled down three yards short of the first-down line.

Portland got the ball first to start the second overtime and this time the Pitbulls didn’t squander any opportunities. Pitbull quarterback Kyle English rolled left and found Lowe for a 24-yard pass play. English took to the air two plays later and lofted a pass up to Millage who pulled it down for the touchdown. Portland kicked the extra point to take a 36-29 lead, but the Bearcats would have a chance to answer.

Grays Harbor kept the ball on the ground and powered the ball to the 14-yard line, where on first down Gedney rolled left and fired to Cook in the back of the end zone to set up the two-point conversion sequence.

“I’m just really upset we lost,” Hoiness said. “But I’m proud of the effort and I think guys laid it out there. This gives us something to build on. We were competitive and we have to get over the hump and win one in the fourth quarter.”

The Bearcats battled their way through adversity in the contest from the opening kick. Portland’s Billy Ellington took the opening kickoff on the 18-yard line sprinted right, cut back the left and sprinted all the way to the end zone to give the Pitbulls a 7-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game.

Grays Harbor responded with a five-minute drive, which ended with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Loyal Linton, but the point after try hit the left upright. Portland led 7-6 until late in the first quarter when English found Lowe in the end zone with a 34-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-6 lead.

Mounting a 18-play drive, Grays Harbor tied the game up on Gedney’s first pass to Cook. Gedney hit Josiah Rhoades on a quick slant moments later for the two-point conversion.

It wouldn’t take long for the Bearcats to score again as 15 seconds after the touchdown Daniel Hargrove picked off English and returned the ball to the Pitbull 38-yard line. Gedney flipped a pass to Cody Miller two plays later and Miller followed his blockers 33 yards to the end zone.

The Pitbulls looked as if they would tie things back up with two minutes left to go in the half when English and Millage connected for a touchdown, but Millage wasn’t able to get the hold down for the extra point and took off running backward on the right side and heaving the ball toward the end zone where Grays Harbor’s James Akers was waiting. Akers caught the ball at the 2-yard-line and toted it all the way back for 2-point conversion to give the Bearcats a 23-20 lead.

After a punt was blocked out of the end zone, the Bearcats Cody Miller broke through three tackles for a 59-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The extra point try was blocked.

Grays Harbor will enjoy a bye date on the schedule next week before traveling to take on the Portland Raiders on May 2.
 

Pitbulls kickoff PFL Regular Season

The Bearcats (1-1) are coming off a tough last second loss to the Ravens last week.  They are home once again this weekend as the Portland Pitbulls come to town to kickoff the 2015 PFL Regular season.

Stewart Field in Aberdeen, 6pm Kick-off!!! 

Season tickets are still on sale and are only $25 for 6 home games and any playoff games!! 

$5 at the door for adults, children 12 and under and adults over 65 are free!!

WE will be having: 

  •  50/50 Raffle
  • Program drawings for gift certificates
  • Concessions - Pizza, soda, candy and more!

 

Gates open at 4pm, kickoff is at 6pm!

Players need to be there no later then 3:30pm, if you have equipment issues please take care of them before game day.  If you are going to arrive late please let us know. 

   

Ravens clip Bearcats on last-second defensive stand, 18-12

One yard separated the Grays Harbor Bearcats and the Renton Ravens on Saturday night.

Down for most of the contest, the Bearcats mustered one final drive before they were stopped one yard short of the goal line in the final seconds in an 18-12 exhibition semi-pro football loss at Stewart Field.

In a markedly defensive contest, it was one last defensive play that made the difference.

“We did more things this week, because we need to move up and improve,” Grays Harbor head coach Todd Hoiness said. “We made improvements. Maybe I overloaded them a bit, but we have to grow fast with league starting up next week. We played better in the fourth quarter than in the third, which is a positive.”

Grays Harbor (1-1 overall) got the ball at midfield with 4:11 remaining in the contest to begin its final drive.

First-year quarterback Tyler Gedney, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Saturday, took matters into his own hands to start. After a completed pass for a loss, Gedney ran twice and completed a 9-yard pass to Josiah Rhoads to move the Bearcats.

Following a quarterback sneak for a first down, Gedney hit wide receiver Loyal Linton for a 19-yard pass play to the Ravens’ 18-yard line. Running back Vincent McCrory sprinted 10 yards inside for a first-and-goal chance with 2 minutes left on the Ravens’ 8.

After McCrory was held to no yards on a first-down run, Gedney and wide receiver Daniel Hargrove nearly tied the game. On a fade pass to the far left corner of the end zone, Hargrove made the catch, but missed keeping one of his feet inbounds by inches to bring up third down.

Gedney hit McCrory on a swing pass, allowing McCrory to get to the 1-yard line with 55 seconds left in the game. On fourth down, Gedney pitched to McCrory wide right, allowing the speedy running back room to get momentum. However, McCrory was hit at the 3-yard line to stop his momentum and he was tackled at the 1-yard line to turn the ball over on downs.

Renton ran one play to run out the clock for the win.

“I’m kind of ticked at myself, because there were three things we could have done (on the final play),” Hoiness added. “The thing from last week to this week is that you aren’t as bad as you think you are and you’re not as good as you think you are. This is a stepping stone. Guys are stepping in. We just have to continue to grow.”

Grays Harbor got onto the scoreboard first with a short field late in the first quarter. Gedney, who finished with 100 yards passing on 13-for-23 attempts and two scores, got his first touchdown on a 6-yard fade pass to Linton for a 6-0 lead.

Linton was Gedney’s favorite receiver on the night with six catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bearcats’ defense was dominating play for the first 20 minutes of the game against the Ravens. The visitors had a net minus-31 yards of offense before E.J. Ash entered the game at running back. The former Kitsap Bear is familiar with the Bearcats — Ash rumbled for more than 100 yards against the Bearcats for a 28-20 Kitsap win in the Pacific Football League playoffs in 2010.

On his second carry of the game, Ash weaved through the Grays Harbor defense for a 48-yard touchdown run and a 6-6 tie in the second quarter. Ash finished with 82 yards rushing on 18 carries and two touchdowns, including 55 yards rushing on seven carries in the first half.

The Ravens took the lead just before halftime on Andre Jackson’s 14-yard fade pass for a touchdown to James Gaviria, who barely got one foot inbounds before crashing hard into the fence.

Ash made it 18-6 Ravens with a 7-yard touchdown run on Renton’s first drive of the second half. The running back had 38 yards rushing on five carries on the drive, which was powered by a 47-yard deep ball from Jackson to Gaviria.

Renton’s defense made life tough for Grays Harbor until Jackson fumbled the ball to the Bearcats at the Ravens’ 18-yard line. Three plays later, Gedney scrambled right, then turned left to fire a bullet pass to Linton, who planted himself inside the goal line at the near left corner for the score.

Grays Harbor quickly got the ball back by holding Renton to a 3-and-out drive to set up the final sequence.

On Saturday, Grays Harbor will begin Pacific Football League play by hosting the Portland Pitbulls at 6 p.m. at Stewart Field.

   

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