The two teams combined for more than 900 yards of total offense in this Mt. Hood Conference shootout

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GRESHAM — In a game where both teams combined for 82 points on the night, it was a defensive play down the stretch that made the difference for the Gresham Gophers.

With under two minutes remaining and Centennial driving down the field for the winning score, Gresham defensive back Emijah Flanagan picked off a pass from Centennial's Kaiden Lansford to seal the game as Gresham (3-0, 2-0 MHC) came away with 42-40 victory over Centennial (1-3, 0-2 MHC).

"It's just a credit to every single kid on our team," Gresham head coach Mike Melton said. "We're not going to be the biggest or the fastest team, but the difference is the mentality that all these kids have really bought into. We have a great bunch of kids and I am just proud of the way they go to work everyday."

The Centennial offense was much sharper in this game than they were in last week's loss to Oregon City. The Eagles nearly doubled their offensive production from last week from 476 total yards, but it was three second half turnovers that really cost them in the end.

"It was heartbreaking," Centennial head coach Chris Knudsen said. "I feel for our kids. They are hurting pretty bad, as our the coaches. But it was turnovers once again. You can't win when you have too many turnovers and that is really hurting us right now."

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