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6A FOOTBALL: Gresham's junior running back goes for 275 yards and three touchdowns

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Gresham running back Dylan Elgin leaves a pack of Scots in his wake on his way to his third touchdown of the night.

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Gresham High's football team walked off the field a winner for the first time this season after dominating the second half in a 28-7 win at David Douglas.

"This changes the culture. It gives us that confidence," Gresham running back Dylan Elgin said. "It was about coming together. That's what I've been aiming for, and it's the only way to win games."

Leading 13-7 at the break, the Gophers gained some breathing room in the third quarter when Elgin found his way over the goal line from 3 yards out on fourth down.

Gresham lined up for the two-point try, sending more than half its team to the left side of the formation. Austin Pick lined up at center with QB Zach Kaufman in position for the shotgun snap and a couple other Gophers nearby. Usually teams will file back into a normal kicking formation on this play, but this time Kaufman called for the hike. Pick delivered it and ran a short hook route into the end zone where Kaufman zipped a pass back to him for a 21-7 led.

Desperate to gain ground, David Douglas attempted fourth downs on each of its final three drives. None were successful.

The first ended with Gresham's Nathan Watson and Colton Gaffney, flushing David Douglas QB Dakota Lohmeier out of the pocket for an incomplete pass.

The second saw Gresham's Gage Cota break through the line and toss Lohmeier for a sack, causing a fumble in the process.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Gresham tight end Ethan Evans comes down with a catch to convert third-and-20, allowing the Gophers to run out the clock in Fridays win.

The Scots' final try, and also their final offensive play of the night, saw Gresham's Tyler Hockert flash in from the right side, hitting Lohmeier as he released the pass, which went off target and was picked off by Gresham's Sam Igbonagwam.

Gresham added to its led early in the fourth quarter, keeping its drive alive when Pick took an inside handoff and moved the chains on third-and-17. The scoring drive, which comprised eight consecutive run plays, ended with Elgin breaking around the left side for a 17-yard touchdown — his third scoring run of the night.

"I had a couple fumbles early, but I couldn't quit," Elgin said. "I kept my faith in God and finished the game."

Elgin finished with 275 yards rushing.

After getting it's final fourth-down stop of the night, Gresham was able to run out the final 5:27, highlighted by picking up third-and-20 when tight end Ethan Evans hauled down a deep catch with three defenders in tight coverage.

"They had been loading up the box all game, so on third-and-lone we split one through," Evans said. "It was like going after a rebound in basketball — you just go up and get it."

The Gophers converted 10 of 14 (71.4%) on third down.

Lucas Simmons caught a 17-yard touchdown from Kaufman to put Gresham up 13-0 in the second quarter.

The Gophers defense forced five turnovers, led by Jacob Dowden with a pair of interceptions.

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This story is slated for our Tuesday, Oct. 22, print edition.

— - MHC football

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