Big plays propel Reynolds past David Douglas
Mount Hood Conference
Reynolds stayed in the football playoff mix with a 42-20 home win over David Douglas on Thursday night.
Deadlocked at 14-14 late in the first half, the Raiders kept the ball on the ground and pulled off a two-minute drill to grab the lead before heading to the locker room.
Running back Keedin Branch got the Raiders moving when he broke through the left side for a 40-yard gain before being knocked out of bounds. Branch came up big again when he found his way around the right side to pick up a fourth-and-4.
Next up, Reggie Akles took a pitch and cut inside before diving head first for another first down inside the 5-yard line.
The next handoff went to Branch again, and he powered through the middle for the touchdown and a 21-14 lead with 16 seconds to spare.
Reynolds added a pair of touchdowns early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach 35-14.
The Raiders improved to 4-2 on the season, setting up a showdown with Clackamas next week to decide the top seed coming out of the Mount Hood Conference's A division.
Reynolds needed only two plays to find the end zone for the game's first points. Raiders' QB Dominique Miller fired a deep ball over the left side and found Akles, who had slipped behind the defense for a 48-yard gain.
Next, Miller handed the ball to Branch and immediately sent his hands over his head signaling touchdown. Branch broke through the line of scrimmage and was left with nothing but open field to the end zone for the 35-yard scoring run.
David Douglas took the ensuing kickoff and attempted to pull even after converting a series of third-down plays, leading up to running back Josiah Green slipping through a crowd before being taken down inside the 5-yard line.
The Reynolds defense put up a wall at the goal line with linebacker Nathaniel Wilson bringing down a ball carrier behind the line. David Douglas went to the air on its next play only to have Akles step in front of the receiver for a score-stopping interception.
The Raiders didn't keep the ball for long when David Douglas' Jaden Poulshock tipped a ball along the sideline and pulled in the interception before going out of bounds.
David Douglas was back in business at the goal line.
Or maybe not.
The Scots tried to fire another one into the end zone, but found Reynolds' E'zarion Cobbin instead, who sprinted untouched 95 yards the other way for a Raiders' touchdown.
Three plays and three interceptions left Reynolds on top 14-0 early in the second quarter.
Poulshock took the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown to put the Scots onto the scoreboard.
Reynolds found the end zone twice, but both scores were taken away by blocking penalties.
David Douglas tied the game 14-14 late in the first half when QB Dakota Lohmeier hit Jermaine Robinson in stride across the middle for a 47-yard touchdown.
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