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Bearcats can’t stop ex-Cougar QB

The Grays Harbor Bearcats’ injury-riddled defensive secondary was no match for former Washington State University quarterback Marshall Lobbestael and the Yakima Mavericks on Saturday night.

Lobbestael’s 399 passing yards and four touchdowns helped the visiting Mavericks defeat the Bearcats, 37-20, in a Pacific Football League game at Stewart Field.

Grays Harbor kept it close for a while, but a 20-0 scoring run that covered much of the third and fourth quarters closed the door on any hopes of a Bearcat comeback.

After going into halftime trailing 17-7 and struggling to find an offensive rhythm, Grays Harbor (5-4, 6-4) marched down the field and scored on its first possession of the second half.

A quick pass from David Evans to Chris Jackson turned into a dazzling 51-yard play that got the Bearcats into Maverick territory. After a couple of rushes by Cameron Smith and another reception by Jackson, Evans completed a pass to Jeremy

Walker in the middle of the field around the 5-yard line. Walker made a nifty move and charged to the right pylon for the

score. The extra point by Kyle Saloma cut Yakima’s lead to 17-14 with 12:02 left in the third quarter.

Jackson led the Bearcats with seven receptions for 182 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Walker

finished the game with five receptions for 94 yards and added a 39-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

Yakima (7-1 in league) took advantage of a Grays Harbor miscue to squash the Bearcats’ momentum.

A bad snap forced Grays Harbor’s punter, Dan Brown, to run with the ball on fourth down. Brown lowered his head and

punished some would-be tacklers, but was eventually hauled down just before the original line of scrimmage. The play resulted in a turnover on downs on Grays Harbor’s 23-yard line.

Yakima took just one play to score after the turnover. Lobbestael completed a 23-yards touchdown pass on a fade route to

Jordan Gaut. Alex Mahre converted the extra point, putting the Mavericks up 24-14.

Gaut was Lobbestael’s favorite target. The rookie wide-out hauled in 13 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns.

After the Bearcats went three-and-out on their next possession, Lobbestael connected with Ryan Wright for a 43-yard score. Wright was second on the team with six catches for 86 yards and two TDs.

Mahre’s performance in the game was also notable. The kicker converted all four of his extra point attempts and three of his four field goal attempts (23, 23 and 45 yards). The only kick he missed was a 58-yard attempt late in the fourth quarter.

“(Stopping Lobbestael) was the game plan, and honestly, I thought we did a pretty good job except for about four plays,”

Bearcats head coach Todd Hoiness said. “They were throwing the ball up and coming down with it. We had pressure on him all night. He’s throwing under pressure, and finishing the play on his back, but it’s still a touchdown. He’s a good player. We didn’t have our two starting corners, and that didn’t help. We had safeties playing corner, and it was tough.”

Grays Harbor was in Lobbestael’s face all night. The Bearcats sacked the star quarterback five times, forced a fumble, batted or tipped balls at the line of scrimmage and affected many other throws with their pressure. Christopher Cook sacked Lobbestael twice and forced a fumble. Joel Brown, Kory McElravy and Chris Raffelson also each recorded a sack.

Despite the pressure from Grays Harbor’s front seven, Lobbestael completed 30 of his 48 pass attempts to seven different


“They’re tied for first place because they’re a good team, and they’re coached well,” Hoiness said. “We have a good rivalry with them.”

Grays Harbor draws the league bye next week and will close out its regular season by hosting the Seattle Stallions on June 29.


Bearcats to battle Colts in Sumner

 The Bearcats (5-2) look to corral the Colts (5-1) this Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner off Main St.  Kickoff is at 6pm.  The Bearcats are coming off a 30-21 win over the Renegades, while the Colts got an impromptu BYE, when the Vipers failed to show up for their game last week.  Huge game for both teams with playoff seeding implications!


The bus is meeting at 2:15pm at Elma High School, leaving there at 2:30pm.

Then they will be stopping at the Martin Way Park n Ride off exit 109 at 3pm and leaving there at 3:15pm.

Those not riding the bus, you need to be at the field no later then 4pm. 


Sluggish Bearcats pick off victory over Renegades

Considering their physical condition, the Grays Harbor Bearcats were more than happy to settle for an inartistic victory on Saturday.

Compensating for mistakes from a variety of sources by intercepting seven passes, the Bearcats topped the Southern Oregon Renegades, 30-21, in a Pacific Football League contest Saturday night at Stewart Field.

Jake Early and Robby Lisle picked off two passes apiece, with the latter returning one for a touchdown. Including fumble recoveries, the Bearcats (5-2, 6-2) came up with nine takeaways.

That enabled them to overcome three turnovers of their own and general offensive raggedness following a week’s layoff. The Bearcats actually had more interceptions than first downs until the game’s final possession. Grays Harbor was on the Renegade 4-yard line when time expired.

“I thought a week off would be a good thing,” a somewhat bemused Grays Harbor coach Todd Hoiness reflected. “I’ll take an ugly win over a well-played loss any day of the week. Getting a week off (made us) healthier, but we’re not as crisp.”

To be sure, the injury-riddled Bearcats were still at far from full strength physically. Standout running back Jeff Gates didn’t even suit up for the contest due to an ankle injury that will sideline him for at least a couple more weeks.

Hoiness added that Southern Oregon, a Bearcat rival since the club’s inception, also provided a different defensive look than Grays Harbor coaches expected. That helped the Renegades snuff the normally productive Bearcat ground game.

The Bearcats even survived some timekeeping errors. The timer failed to start the clock on at least a half-dozen snaps in the first half, prompting a trip to the press box from player/co-owner Chris Raffelson in full uniform.

The Renegades capitalized on the additional time when Dylan Luboski found James Snyder on a 43-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the half to cut Grays Harbor’s lead to 24-21.

With Early picking off two passes and Chris Cook and Chase Raines one apiece, however, Grays Harbor limited Southern Oregon to one first down in the second half. Cook went the distance on a 36-yard interception return in the third quarter, but the touchdown was nullified by a personal foul penalty called during the runback.

Lisle’s 22-yard punt return set up the Bearcats on the Southern Oregon 28-yard line midway through the fourth quarter.

David Evans’ 19-yard sideline pass to Jeremy Walker gave the Bearcats first down on the 6. Operating from the 4 on third down, Evans threw over the middle to wide receiver Chris Jackson, who made a leaping grab in the back of the end zone. Despite a missed conversion kick, that gave the Bearcats a commanding nine-point lead with 6:12 remaining.

Most of the other scoring occurred within a 3 1/2-minute span in the second quarter.

Down 6-0 on Daniel Welcome’s 11-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, the Bearcats got on the board via Kyle Saloma’s 21-yard field goal at the 12:52 mark of the second period.

Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Lisle picked off a Luboski pass and motored 29 yards to the end zone. Saloma’s PAT gave the Bearcats a 10-6 advantage.

Southern Oregon needed only one scrimmage play to regain the lead when Leon Ireland shook loose after taking a screen pass from Luboski for a 76-yard scoring play. After a mishanded snap on the intended PAT kick, Luboski took a pass from Snyder for a 2-point conversion pass to make it 14-10.

Barely a minute later, the Bearcats were back on top — this time to stay.

Jackson took a flat pass from Evans, split a pair of defenders and was off to the races on a 57-yard catch-and-run.

Another interception by Lisle, accompanied by two Renegade unsportsmanlike conduct fouls following the tackle, put the Bearcats on the Southern Oregon 2-yard line seconds later. Versatile two-way performer Jack Traxtle, who divided running back duties with Cameron Smith and Vincent McCrory in Gates’ absence, took it in from there. Saloma’s kick made it 24-14 with 9:03 remaining in the second quarter.

Evans recovered from a slow start to complete 13 of 25 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson led Grays Harbor receivers with seven catches for 101 yards.

Grays Harbor’s unrelated Browns, Daniel and Joel, wreaked their customary havoc defensively. Raffelson, who came out of retirement to return to action following the slew of Bearcat injuries, also made some key stops.

The Bearcats enter a rugged phase of their schedule next week when they visit the once-beaten South King County Colts next Saturday. They’ll return home June 15 to face the league-leading Yakima Mavericks.

SO 6 15 0 0 — 21

GH 0 24 0 6 — 30

First Downs: Southern Oregon 8, Grays Harbor 8.

Net Rushing: Southern Oregon 5, Grays Harbor 59

Net Passing: Southern Oregon 195, Grays Harbor 165

Total Net Yardage: Southern Oregon 200, Grays Harbor 224

Passing: Southern Oregon 12-32. Grays Harbor 13-25.

Had Intercepted: Southern Oregon 7, Grays Harbor 1

Fumbles Lost: Southern Oregon 2, Grays Harbor 2

Yards Penalized: Southern Oregon 62, Grays Harbor 62


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