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Gresham High School football's offense dominates in 54-0 win over Mountain Lions

The Gresham High School football team was a well-oiled machine as they absolutely dominated against a struggling McDaniel High School squad Friday, Sept. 10, winning 54-0. PMG PHOTO: RALEIGH EMERSON - Gresham High School dominated against the visiting McDaniel team by putting up 54 points during their home opener.

The Gophers were firing an all cylinders with their offense, defense and special teams all coming up with big plays to keep the Mountain Lions down.

Gresham's first touchdown of the game was in thanks to their defense getting great field position with a massive sack from senior Colton Gaffney to make it fourth and long. A failed fourth down conversion from McDaniel gave the Gophers the ball near midfield. A designated quarterback run by senior Jaxon Doving made it easy for running back Jaden Mitchell to punch it in for six.

Mitchell would be a problem for the McDaniel defense all day. Mitchell put up four rushing touchdowns in the game, with one coming off a 30-yard run.

"(This game) we had such better communication skills than last year," Mitchell said. "We have a lot more players and depth, which has really helped with our run game."

Mitchell shared the spotlight with Doving who had rushing touchdown of his own and three touchdown passes.

One of Doving's scoring plays happened as he was facing pressure. As Doving maneuvered to the right of the pocket to avoid the Mountain Lion pressure, he tossed a floater to the right corner pocket of the end zone, where Andre Miller caught the ball and stayed in bounds.

The Gresham defense kept the McDaniel offense uncomfortable all night. After multiple sacks and an interception, it wasn't until the third quarter when McDaniel got a first down that wasn't received from a penalty. PMG PHOTO:  RALEIGH EMERSON - Gresham QB Jaxon Doving steps forward and looks to throw the ball downfield toward the end zone.

When thinking about the team's dominant play, wide receiver Miller points to their offseason mentality and practices. "We worked a lot in the offseason to make sure we would play this way," Miller said after the game. "And whenever we start to get tired, we just think of (last year's) record."

Last year Gresham went 1-8, which new head coach Cesar Martinez hopefully won't allow to happen again. "There is still a lot of things that they can work at, and we will never be satisfied, so at the end of the day we just have to get better," Martinez said.

The Gophers will hope to add to their win column as they take on cross-town rivals Barlow at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

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