Recent Reed grad, wide receiver Devin Gray, needed just three offensive drives to show that there was no talent equal to his on the opposing defense.
Gray, who will be taking his receiving prowess to Sierra College next year, caught three touchdowns in the first half and another after halftime to wrap up the Silver team’s MVP award as the Silver stars rolled to a 49-6 win over the Blue squad Friday night at Damonte Ranch.
Rail City standouts made back-to-back big plays, leading to the game’s first touchdown.
Spanish Springs’ Ryder Lowry fielded a punt near midfield and bolted down the left sideline to the 14. On the first play of the drive, Truckee quarterback Erik Holmer lobbed up a pass to the corner of the end zone to a wide-open Gray. That gave the Silver squad a 7-0 lead five minutes into the 32nd annual Sertoma Classic.
The Silver defense held the Blue team scoreless in the first half, allowing the offense to work its magic.
On its third possession, the Silver team took over near the 50 with one minute left in the first quarter.
Reed running back Ty Shepard caught a middle screen and took it from the 39 to the 20. A pass to Gray and a run by Shepard got the ball inside the 10.
However, the Blue defense backed up the offense to the 19. But on fourth-and-goal from the 19, Holmer hooked up with Gray again as the wideout pulled down the lob over Sparks defensive back Mario Guadron.
The Silver team led 14-0 with 10 minutes left in the first half.
Three minutes later, the Silver squad had the ball at its own 15. A false start pushed it back to the 10, but then it went to work.
Reed receiver Brett Chaney caught a 25-yard pass to eat up some yardage, and the Silver stars capped the long drive with a 22-yard screen pass to Gray that went for a touchdown. That left the scoreboard reading 21-0 with 3:35 to play before the break.
A 75-yard interception return for a touchdown by Fallon’s Dalton Johnson gave the Silver squad a 28-0 advantage.
The Blue team didn’t threaten to score until its final drive of the first half. It pushed the ball inside the 5, but saw time expire when Carson quarterback Matthew Nolan was stuffed in the backfield on a keeper.
The Silver team received the second half kickoff and proceeded to trek 80 yards and scored on a fourth-and-7 play.
Holmer threw a pass into traffic and it deflected off a group of three players. Gray was there to get the lucky grab and scampered into the end zone for a Sertoma record fourth touchdown of the game, a 27-yarder. Gray made up for lost time after missing the Raiders’ final two postseason games in the fall due to a broken collarbone.
“It means a lot because there have been a lot of Sertoma games. It’s an honor to have the highest right now,” Gray said. “After my last game, I wanted to come in here strong because I ended my season early.”
After falling behind 35-0, the Blue team got on the board with 54 seconds to go in the third when Nolan rolled out and found Justin Crow in the end zone for a TD reception. The extra point was no good.
In the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Shepard caught a middle screen, juked to the left and booked it 65 yards for a touchdown.
Fallon’s Tyson Ernst found the end zone on a short run to account for the final 49-6 score.
Damonte’s Drew Smith was the MVP for the Blue squad.