YAKIMA — Blasting to a 24-0 lead after one quarter, the Yakima Mavericks hammered the short-handed Grays Harbor Bearcats, 63-0, in a Pacific Football League game Saturday at Marquette Stadium.
The Mavericks hit a couple of long touchdown passes and capitalized on a short field for much of the remainder of the contest.
“It started out bad and ended worse,” Bearcat coach Todd Hoiness summarized.
Grays Harbor’s season-long injury woes intensified in this contest. Two-way standout Jeremy Walker missed the contest due to plantar fasciatis in his foot. Fullback Brian Dayton has undergone wrist surgery, while his brother Steve (an offensive lineman) has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury. Defensive lineman Gene Piffero is out with a broken arm.
Reinforcements are not forthcoming, as the league deadline for adding players has passed.
Hoiness said that, despite the score, there were a few bright spots for the Bearcats (0-6, 0-8). Vincent McCrory ran effectively and also performed well on defense.
“We moved the ball at times, we couldn’t put the ball in the end zone,” Hoiness said. “They’re pretty good and they’re always tough to play at home.”
Grays Harbor’s Daniel Brown, normally a standout linebacker, was shifted to defensive end in this contest and drew Hoiness’ praise. Receiver Derek Archer and defensive back Daniel Hargrove were also commended for fine play.
The Bearcats visit the Seattle Stallions on Saturday.