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Depleted Bearcats gut out win over Portland

HILLSBORO, Ore. — David Evans’ 63-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Walker with 5:10 remaining enabled the battered Grays Harbor Bearcats to edge the Portland Monarchs, 28-22, in a Pacific Football League game Saturday at Century High School in Hillsboro.

Evans, who passed for 334 yards in the final three quarters (statistics for the first quarter were unavailable), threw for all four Bearcat touchdowns. Walker caught two and Chris Jackson had the other two TD receptions.

Entering the contest at far short of full strength physically, the Bearcats (4-1, 5-1) suffered several other injuries Saturday. Ace running back Jeff Gates went down in the third quarter with a high ankle sprain.

The personnel shortages forced Grays Harbor to essentially play one-platoon football in the fourth quarter of a game contested in broiling heat. Jack Traxtle wound up playing four positions (defensive back, tailback, fullback and wide receiver) at various stages.

Even Bearcat co-owner Chris Raffelson, who had ostensibly retired as a player prior to the season, re-activated himself and wound up recovering a fumble and kicking a field goal and extra point.

“It was the most proud I’ve been of a team in a long time,” Grays Harbor coach Todd Hoiness said. “It was a great effort. I was literally yelling plays (from the sidelines), because we didn’t have anyone to send in there.”

The Monarchs tied the game at 22-all with a touchdown and a two-point conversion early in the fourth quarter. Evans responded with a deep throw to Walker, who took it the rest of the way for the winning touchdown.

Grays Harbor’s Joel Brown broke up a pass to end Portland’s final threat.

Evans hooked up with Jackson on scoring passes of 40 and 53 yards in the first half. The latter TD came with three seconds remaining prior to intermission.

Walker caught a 20-yard scoring toss from Evans in the third quarter.

Kevin Hoolihan, a newly signed receiver from the Olympia area, made an immediate impact with five receptions for 56 yards.

The Grays Harbor defense forced several turnovers, including two interceptions by Robby Lisle. Traxtle, Dan Brown and Chris Cook were among the other defenders credited with fine play.

The Bearcats, who won’t return home until June 1, remain on the road next Saturday to face league power Bellingham.


Bears come to town

The Bearcats (2-1, 3-1) look to bounce back from a 36-0 trouncing at the hands of the Buzzards by hosting the Kitsap Bears (1-2) this Saturday at 1pm at Stewart Field.  

Kickoff time is earlier then normal due to the Aberdeen Bobcats Soccer team hosting a playoff game at 7pm. 

Gates will open at 12:00pm, $5 at the door.  Children 12 and under and adults over 65 are free!

See you all then! 


Buzzards defeat Bearcats 36-0

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — The Grays Harbor Bearcats wound up licking their wounds on one of their longest road trips of the season.

The Springfield Buzzards capitalized on a succession of Bearcat injuries and penalties to stun the previously unbeaten Harborites, 36-0, in a Pacific Football League game Saturday at Cottage Grove.

Short-handed entering the game, the Bearcats (2-1, 3-1) saw matters deteriorate rapidly once the whistle blew. Starting quarterback David Evans was sidelined in the first quarter with a concussion. Jeremy Foulds, one of Grays Harbor’s leading defenders, suffered an apparently serious knee injury.

“We probably had 10 guys go down — some starters, some backups,” Grays Harbor coach Todd Hoiness said. “We went in a little short-handed and it got worse.”

The injury situation was bad enough that Hoiness said the team might stage another tryout session this week to replenish its roster. The Grays Harbor coach even engaged in some gallows humor afterward.

“We got back to the locker room and somebody put a Red Cross sign on it — they didn’t, but they should have,” he said. “We’re going to have a mobil medical unit going back tonight. I don’t want to make excuses. They beat us fair and square and played well enough to win. We didn’t and our injuries compounded it.”

The Buzzards used a strong running game in taking a 23-0 halftime lead. They also cashed in on 18 Grays Harbor penalties.

Jack Traxtle, normally a fullback and safety, filled in at quarterback when Evans went down. Hoiness cited the unrelated Browns, Joel and Dan, for strong defensive play.

The Bearcats host the Kitsap Bears next Saturday.


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