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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.


Bearcat One Rolls out Saturday

Saturday the Bearcats hit the road in Bearcat One for the second road game of the season.  This week they are off to Cottage Grove, OR to take on the Buzzards.  The Buzzards (0-2, 1-2) are coming off a couple tough losses, 17-0 to the Stallions and 14-0 to the Renegades, the Bearcats (2-0, 3-0) are looking to keep the win streak alive after defeating the Raiders 44-18 in front of a packed home crowd and move to 3-0 in league play.

Cottage Grove High School (Directions)
Cottage Grove, OR 

Kick off is at 6pm, and the surface is field turf. 


The Bus will be meeting at Elma HS at 10am on Saturday and rolling out at 10:15am,

Then it will meet at the shell station off exit 88 at 10:45am and roll out at 11am.

It is $20 to ride the bus, we are opening the bus up to everyone.  Players / Staff have priority, please RSVP if you are riding the bus.

If you are driving yourself you need to be there no later then 4pm.

Also please text/email/call/talk/notify me if you are riding the bus or not, and if your coming to the game or not.   I am trying to get an accurate head count.


Don Orton


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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


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


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