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Monarchs crown Bearcats, 12-0, in season opener

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The Daily WorldA young Grays Harbor Bearcats squad experienced growing pains during Saturday night’s season-opening contest against the…

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Bearcats Raid Raiders, 44-18

Big plays in the passing game and an impressive second-half performance by the defense propelled the Grays Harbor Bearcats to a 44-18 win over the Portland Raiders on Saturday night in a Pacific League Football semi-pro contest at Stewart Field. The Bearcats shut out the Raiders and allowed just 26 yards of total offense in the second half.

Portland managed to stay within one score of Grays Harbor (2-0 in league, 3-0 overall) for most of the game. However, a perfectly thrown 79-yard touchdown pass from David Evans to Chris Jackson early in the fourth quarter gave the Bearcats an insurmountable 30-18 lead. The bomb was Evans’ fourth touchdown pass of the game and Jackson’s second receiving score.

Despite wet conditions and several dropped passes by his receivers, Evans finished with 229 yards passing.

“(Evans) has really been playing well,” Grays Harbor head coach Todd Hoiness said. “In this weather, to throw some of the balls he did was really impressive.”

On the other side of the ball, Grays Harbor was led by its all-league middle linebacker, Joel Brown. Brown displayed tremendous range and a great nose for the ball. Brown recorded three sacks and recovered two fumbles, one for a touchdown.

“I think Joel is the best middle linebacker in the league,” Hoiness said. “His presence out there really messes with an offense, because most linebackers don’t have his range. It was just an outstanding performance. Joel, Dan Brown, Jack Traxtle and Jeff Gates were our linebackers today and those guys were awesome. I was really impressed with all of them.”

Portland (0-2) took the lead briefly with 7:36 left in the second quarter when Brady Larsen hit Todd Clawson in the right side of the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown. Clawson hung on to the ball despite taking a vicious hit from a Bearcats defender. This gave the Raiders an 18-13 lead.

Grays Harbor responded with an eight-play, 62-yard drive that was punctuated by an 8-yard touchdown pass from Evans to Joseph Winther with 4:06 left in the half. Evans and Winther also hooked up on the two-point conversion, giving the Bearcats a 21-18 lead.

Earlier in the second quarter, Evans threw a 72-yard scoring bomb to Jeremy Walker that, at the time, gave Grays Harbor a 13-12 lead.

On Saturday, the Bearcats will travel to Oregon to take on the Springfield Buzzards.

Bearcats 44, Raiders 18

Port 0 18 0 0 – 18 GH 7 14 3 20 – 44

P GH

First Downs 11 15

Passing Yards 175 229

Rushing Yards 36 140

Total Yards 211 369

Passing 9-24 8-21

Had Intercepted 1 0

Fumbles Lost 1 2

Penalty Yards 33 55

 

Raiders come to Town

Week 2 in the PFL and the Bearcats (1-0, 2-0) return home after a 22-7 victory over the Clark County Vipers, to host the Portland Raiders (0-1) who are coming off a narrow loss to the Yakima Mavericks 14-21.  The Bearcats started out slow for the second week in a row, and got moving in the second half.  And the Raiders look to be improved over the last couple seasons.  Come watch them battle it out, as the Bearcats look to go to 2-0, while the Raiders look to get their first win of the 2013 season.

Kick off is at 6pm @ Stewart Field in Aberdeen, gates open at 4pm.

Children 12 and under and Adults over 65 get in free!  $5 at the door!

See you all there! 

   

Bearcats use tough defense to win league opener

VANCOUVER  Thanks to an opportunistic defense, a slow offensive start wasn’t fatal for the Grays Harbor Bearcats.

Doing all its scoring in the final 31 minutes, the Bearcats opened the Pacific Football League regular season with a 22-7 win over the Clark County Vipers on Saturday night at Kiggins Bowl.

The Bearcats (1-0, 2-0) didn’t generate much offense until their final drive of the first half. Their defense, however, forced six turnovers to hold the Vipers in check.

“Until our offense got going, it kept us in the game,” Grays Harbor coach Todd Hoiness said. “After that, we settled down.”

Spotting the Vipers a 7-0 lead, the Bearcats rallied to tie it on David Evans’ 13-yard pass to Jeremy Walker with eight seconds remaining in the first half. Walker made a leaping grab in the corner of the end zone and came down with both feet inbounds. Heledio Sanchez kicked the conversion.

Jeff Gates’ 4-yard TD run and Evans’ 2-point conversion pass to Chris Cook with 5:52 remaining in the third quarter gave Grays Harbor the lead for good at 15-7.

The Bearcats added an insurance touchdown later in the quarter on Evans’ 4-yard pass to Chris Jackson.

Evans completed 13 of 25 passes for 210 yards. Eight different Bearcats had pass receptions, with Jackson catching six for 105 yards.

The target of Clark County’s defensive alignment, Gates rushed for 63 yards on 16 carries and played well, according to Hoiness, to reach that total.

Safeties Loyal Linton and Jerry Mancuso led Grays Harbor’s defensive effort.

“Between the two of them, they probably had a dozen or so big plays,” Hoiness noted.

The Bearcats were without several regulars due to injuries and work commitments — a factor that may have figured into their slow start.

Grays Harbor will return home Saturday to host the Portland Raiders in a 6 p.m. contest at Stewart Field.

   

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