Bearcats pass way to 48-12 triumph
|Sunday, August 23, 2009 1:14 AM PDT|
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Thanks largely to David Evans’ passing arm, the Grays Harbor Bearcats are playoff bound in their first year of semi-pro football.
The Bearcats scored on their second possession and never looked back.
Matt Brown recovered a Saint fumble on West Sound 13-yard line with the game less than four minutes old.
Two plays later, Evans rolled to the right and hit tight end Joe Winther on a 12-yard scoring strike. Bryce Ogren tacked on the conversion kick.
Grays Harbor took advantage of another short field for its second touchdown, after a short punt went out of bounds on the Saint 19 late in the first quarter.
Evans connected with a wide-open Joe Kohn over the middle on a 15-yard TD pass with the second quarter only seven seconds old.
Winther dragged several tacklers into the end zone to complete a 13-yard pass-and-run that made it 19-0.
West Sound, which hadn’t even mustered a first down to that point, then put together a 68-yard scoring drive that culminated with Raylin Williams’ 14-yard pass to Rico Givans with 4:08 remaining in the second period. It was 19-6 at the half.
Evans’ 42-yard TD pass to Jeremy Walker and Jeff Gates’ 3-yard scoring run (the lone Grays Harbor touchdown scored on the ground) widened the gap to 33-6 late in the third quarter.
After the Saints responded with Williams’ 37-yard scoring pass to Eric Mischenko in the third quarter, Evans added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, on passes of 29 yards to Tam Hines and 16 to Jordan Fry.
Ogren added a second PAT late in the contest. Evans passed to Daniel Harris for a 2-point conversion, while Tim Lee ran for another.
Officials instituted a running clock for the final 7 1/2 minutes. Even so, the glacially-paced contest exceeded the 3-hour mark — thanks in large measure to 197 yards in penalties, 124 of those incurred by the Bearcats.
Grays Harbor’s Alex Chicano led all rushers with 61 yards on 12 carries.
Taholah’s Daniel Brown had an exceptional defensive game for Grays Harbor, with Kory McElravy and Chris Raffelson also making multiple stops.
The Bearcats play their final road game Sept. 12 at Yakima before returning home for their last two regular-season appearances.
WS 0 6 6 0 — 12GH 7 12 14 15 — 48
First Downs: West Sound 8, Grays Harbor 17.
Net Rushing: West Sound minus 2, Grays Harbor 116.
Net Passing: West Sound 103, Grays Harbor 214.
Passing: West Sound 10-27-2, Grays Harbor 18-37-0.
Fumbles lost: West Sound 2, Grays Harbor 1.
Yards Penalized: West Sound 73, Grays Harbor 124.