By Andrew Kilstrom • Andrew Kilstrom • 

Gubrud scores four TDs as Mac downs Centennial

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterMcMinnville quarterback Gage Gubrud breaks away from a pursuing defender to throw down field to an open man.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterMcMinnville running back Tanner Scanlon breaks through a large wall of defenders for a good run, setting up a touchdown on the next play.

GRESHAM -- McMinnville jumped out to a 22-0 lead, scored on eight of its first nine possessions and capitalized on two Centennial turnovers, earning a 53-29 victory Friday night.

Quarterback Gage Gubrud led the way for McMinnville, rushing for three touchdowns and throwing another for what proved to be a near unstoppable offensive attack for the Grizzlies. 

“I’m really proud of our guys tonight,” coach Robin Hill. “We did a lot of good things on offense and we only had to use our base sets. Gage only called two plays of the 60 he has on his wristband, the rest was our base stuff.”

While nine different Grizzlies carried the ball for McMinnville Friday night, it was Gubrud in particular that was impressive. He kept multiple plays alive with his legs and scrambled away from pressure all night.

“Gage was really special tonight,” Hill said. “He made a lot of plays for us and allowed our offense to be successful.”

McMinnville took control early, scoring on a methodical 3:35 touchdown drive capped off by a 20-yard run by Zach Silver.

After a three and out, Mac surged down the field once again, culminating in a 5-yard touchdown scramble from Gubrud. McMinnvile converted the two-point conversion on a botched snap to take a 15-0 lead in the first quarter.

Gubrud quickly marched his team down the field for the Grizzlies third touchdown in as many tries after another Centennial three and out, running it in again this time from eight yards out. 

After accumulating only four yards in the first quarter, Centennial found rhythm on offense, getting on the scoreboard when A.J. Wienke scored on an end-around from 21 yards out to make it 22-7 .

The teams then traded touchdowns making it 29-14. The Eagles were driving once again late in the second quarter, but a botched handoff led to a turnover giving McMinnville the ball near midfield. With less than three minutes to work with, McMinnville went to work, mixing run and pass to get within the red zone.

On third-and-7 with 49 seconds remaining in the half, Gubrud converted on a short pass to Silver, moving the chains and getting to the six-yard line with 39 seconds to play.

Back-to-back McMinnville penalties stalled the Grizzlies chance at a touchdown, but a 33-yard field goal just before the end of the half gave McMinnville a 32-14 lead going into the locker room.

Centennial got the ball to start the second half and quickly showed it would not go out without a fight, cutting McMinnville’s lead to 10 on a 52-yard touchdown run from Wienke. 

Not to be outdone, the Grizzlies countered with their sixth score in seven tries on a short touchdown run making the score 39-22.

Rubado kept the momentum rolling when he intercepted Craswell on a wild play on Centennial’s next possession. Craswell threw the ball blindly over his head while being sacked, allowing Rubado to come up with a diving turnover.

The Grizzlies quickly capitalized, when Gubrud scored his third rushing touchdown of the day making the score 46-22 McMinnville.

Centennial threatened on the ensuing drive, but a personal foul penalty backed the Eagles up as they eventually turned the ball back over to McMinnville on downs. 

McMinnville put things away when Tanner Scanlon scored from the 1-yard line, making the score 53-22. Centennial tacked on a late touchdown, but McMinnville ultimately prevailed 53-29.

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