SHORELINE — A 47-point improvement in their home-and-home series with the Seattle Stallions wasn’t enough to produce a victory for the Grays Harbor Bearcats.
The Stallions held off the short-handed but stubborn Bearcats, 25-6, in a Pacific Football League game Saturday at Shoreline Stadium.
The contest was in stark contrast to Seattle’s 66-0 destruction of the Bearcats last month at Stewart Field — a game in which the Bearcats didn’t even muster a first down until the second half.
Despite continuing to play a makeshift lineup, with several players going both ways, Grays Harbor (0-7, 0-9) hung much tougher Saturday.
Quarterback Loyal Linton accounted for close to 220 yards of total offense, while running back Vernon McCrory rushed for more than 60 yards The Bearcats were also able to deny the Stallions the deep passes that had been their stock in trade in the Aberdeen meeting.
“It was a great effort, with a lot of guys going both ways,” Grays Harbor coach Todd Hoiness said. “We only punted twice in the entire game. We’ve been waiting for something to come together with some of the new guys.”
Down 19-0 at the half, the Bearcats scored on their opening possession of the third quarter on Linton’s 4-yard keeper. Without a kicker available, Grays Harbor failed on a 2-point conversion attempt.
It remained 19-6 until the Stallions scored in the waning moments.
Daniel Hargrove had five receptions for Grays Harbor, while Derek Archer caught four passes for 70 yards. Hoiness cited Zack Ayres and Casey Elders for their play in the offensive line and McCrory, Hargrove and Daniel Brown for defensive performance.
Brown, ordinarily a defensive specialist, was pressed into service in the offensive line and performed well, according to Hoiness. Harry Peterson was another two-way standout for the Bearcats.
“The guys were spent. I think I was the next man in if somebody went down,” Hoiness joked.
The Bearcats will close out their season Saturday at home against the South King County Colts.