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Bearcats thumped by Raiders

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After a great start against a quality opponent, the final preseason football game quickly slipped out of the Grays Harbor Bearcats’ grasp.

Grays Harbor struggled to move the ball for much of the game, and could not find a way to stop Portland’s passing attack. The Raiders beat the Bearcats, 60-7, in an unusual, penalty-ridden game that featured three personal fouls, five unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and two ejections.

After Grays Harbor forced a three-and-out on the Raiders’ opening possession, Loyal Linton led the Bearcats’ offense down the field on its first series. Linton capped a 10-play, 74-yard drive by connecting with Derek Archer for a 40-yard touchdown pass with 7:19 left in the first quarter. The extra point by Max Mendez put the Bearcats up 7-0.

Archer led Grays Harbor with four receptions for 79 yards.

However, after the promising start, Grays Harbor’s offense managed just 34 yards in the remainder of the first half.

On the ensuing possession, Portland quarterback Russ Schneider hit Isaiah Smith in the middle of the field for a 15-yard pick up on third-and-ten. It was Schneider’s first completion of the game, but it certainly was not his last.

Portland scored three unanswered touchdowns before the first quarter came to a close. The first was an 8-yard pass from Schneider to Drew Dukeshire, followed by a pair of touchdowns (seven and 17 yards) from Schneider to Smith.

Smith proved to be Schneider’s favorite target, hauling in nine balls for 113 yards. Smith added a 16-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and finished the game with three catches for scores.

Schneider completed 27 of his 51 pass attempts for 389 yards and passed for all eight of the Raider touchdowns in the game. Three of his TDs came in the final eight minutes of the game, when the outcome was not in question and the Bearcats were allowing their back-ups to get some snaps.

“(The Raiders) are going to be one of the top teams this year,” Grays Harbor head coach Todd Hoiness said. “(Schneider) is probably the best quarterback in the league. He’s a really good quarterback.”

Despite the lopsided loss, Hoiness was able to focus on some of the positive things that happened in the game.

“We actually improved on a lot of stuff from last week,” Hoiness said. “We wanted to win, but we still treated it like a preseason game. We tried out a lot of different stuff today. We improved on some things a ton from last week. We have some new players and we worked some guys in. Everybody played tonight. We’re a young team. We have a lot of opportunities to get better, and I think we will.”

The Bearcats have several new players that joined the team this week. One of them is former Seattle Stallions quarterback Leo Dickerson, who was described by Hoiness as “a proven quarterback” and threw six touchdown passes against the Bearcats last season. Hoiness added that Dickerson will likely take over under center for Grays Harbor soon.

Dickerson passed for 37 yards in limited action in Saturday night’s game. Perhaps more importantly, the exhibition game gave Dickerson a chance to familiarize himself with his new team’s offense as well as showcase his elusiveness and arm strength.

Bearcats Harry Peterson and Shane Dayton were both ejected in the fourth quarter. However, Hoiness believes that Dayton’s ejection was caused by a misunderstanding and the Bearcats intend to appeal it.

Portland’s kicker, Matt Evensen, put forth an impressive performance. In addition to converting all seven of his extra point attempts and forcing three touchbacks on kickoffs, Evensen connected on a 56-yard field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter. It was his only field goal attempt of the game.

The Bearcats (0-2) will kick off their Pacific Football League season on Saturday when they host the Yakima Mavericks.

Portland 21 14 0 25 – 60

Grays Harbor 7 0 0 0 - 7

Port – GH

Passing Yards 389 136

Rushing Yards 62 11

Total Yards 451 147

Penalty Yards 100 139

First Downs 25 7

Had Intercepted 1 0

Fumbles Lost 1 3

Passing 27-51 – 9-27

 

YMCA Camp Help

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Reminder that we are helping at the YMCA, Thursday April 10th, 9am-10:30am.  If you can make it please come out, the kids are always a blast.
 

Monarchs crown Bearcats, 12-0, in season opener

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A young Grays Harbor Bearcats squad experienced growing pains during Saturday night’s season-opening contest against the Portland Monarchs, but not the thrill of victory.

The Monarchs took advantage of a special teams mistake and a pass interference penalty to set up their only scoring drives of the game in a 12-0 Pacific Football League non-division win over the Bearcats at Stewart Field.

Although not the kind of start Grays Harbor wanted for the 2014 season, players and staff saw potential and growth throughout Saturday’s game.

“I hate to be pleased after a loss, but tonight, there were some really good signs from this team,” Grays Harbor head coach Todd Hoiness said. “We’re young. We have a young defense, but with a ton of speed. There are a lot of things we need to work on. Someone said that we have a lot of promise and we do. I love the competitive spirit from these guys.”

Neither team could mount more than one long drive against the other’s defense on this cold, slick night. The Bearcats had the longest drive of the game, an 11-play, 60-yard drive that ended on a muffed field-goal attempt in the second quarter.

Other than that, it was a defensive game.

Grays Harbor linebacker/punter Daniel Brown had trouble getting a handle on the wet football early on. He muffed the first punt attempt of the game, but recovered and returned the ball for a net 2-yard gain. His second muff, however, was a lost fumble that set up the Monarchs at the Bearcats’ 6-yard line.

After two running plays, Portland quarterback Phil DuPont hit wide receiver Russell Millage for a 4-yard touchdown pass play. The point-after attempt failed for a 6-0 score.

Portland returned on its next possession with its longest drive of the game, a six-play, 43-yard drive that was aided by a pass interference call that put it on the Grays Harbor 5-yard line. On the next play, DuPont found wide receiver Tre Moreland for a 5-yard touchdown pitch-and-catch for a 12-0 first-quarter lead.

The hosts found some confidence during their 11-play march in the second quarter. They also benefited from several Portland penalties to move down the field. Veteran Grays Harbor running back Cameron Smith had his longest run of the game in the drive, a 16-yard smashing blast into Monarch territory. Smith finished with 42 yards rushing on eight attempts.

Bearcat quarterback Loyal Linton had his moments against the Monarchs. With only four practices under center before the game, the Aberdeen product evaded several pass rushers all night and was only sacked three times, including a slip-and-fall late in the game. Linton finished with 76 yards passing on 10-of-28 attempts and one interception. North Beach grad Derek Archer caught four of Linton’s passes for 43 yards to lead the team.

“It started with some bad field position, the wind blowing sideways and the snaps getting away from us,” Hoiness said. “The guys fought really hard. We had three touchdown plays where we just couldn’t get them to hook up, a breakdown here or there. Loyal did a great job at quarterback for just four practices.”

The entire second half was played in the middle of the field, with the defenses not allowing either team to gain momentum offensively. Grays Harbor’s Brown, Jerry Mancuso, Chris Cook, Colby Raffelson and Eric Dayton each made key plays on defense to stifle Portland.

Safety Jack Traxtle plucked an interception for the only Portland turnover, while Raffelson, Cook and Brown each had a quarterback sack.

“We threw a lot of guys into the fire tonight and they all responded competitively,” Hoiness said. “We had some breakdowns. I’m glad we have next week off, because we can get healthy and we could use a few more practices to get everyone going. We got better as the game went on and you could see that.”

On April 19, Grays Harbor returns to action with another non-division matchup against the Portland Raiders at Stewart Field.

Portland 12 0 0 0 — 12

Grays Harbor 0 0 0 0 — 0

P — Millage 4 TD pass from DuPont (pass failed).

P — Moreland 5 TD pass from DuPont (run failed).

First Downs: Portland 10, Grays Harbor 9.

Rushing Yards: Portland 96, Grays Harbor (minus)-6.

Passing Yards: Portland 81, Grays Harbor 76.

Total Net Yards: Portland 177, Grays Harbor 70.

Passing: Portland 9-23, 1 INT; Grays Harbor 10-28, 1 INT.

Fumbles Lost: Portland 0, Grays Harbor 1.

Penalties: Portland 13-128, Grays Harbor 4-36.

 

Season Opener vs Portland Monarchs

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The Grays Harbor Bearcats open the 2014 with a pre-season matchup against the Portland Monarchs.  Portland knocked the Bearcats out of the playoffs last year 26-15 at Stewart field, so the Bearcats will be looking for payback to start the season right.

Season tickets are still on sale via Young Life, Bearcats Cheerleaders or Bearcats Players, and are only $25 for 7 home games and any playoff games!! 

Gates open at 4pm, kickoff is at 6pm!

Players need to be there no later then 4pm, if you have equipment issues please take care of them before game day.  If you are going to arrive late please let us know. 

 

Pre-Season action vs Portland Raiders

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The Grays Harbor Bearcats are home again with a pre-season matchup against the revamped Portland Raiders.  Portland picked up a whole new team.

Season tickets are still on sale via Young Life, Bearcats Cheerleaders or Bearcats Players, and are only $25 for 7 home games and any playoff games!! 

Gates open at 4pm, kickoff is at 6pm!

Players need to be there no later then 4pm, if you have equipment issues please take care of them before game day.  If you are going to arrive late please let us know. 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:10 )
 
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