Evergreen 56, Fort Vancouver 20

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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The Evergreen Plainsmen rolled up 500 yards of offense in a season-opening 56-20 win over Fort Vancouver on Friday at Kiggins Bowl.

Justin Straup ran for 140 yards, 109 of them and four touchdowns in the first half as Evergreen quickly took command.

The Plainsmen scored four touchdowns in the first quarter. They recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and led 8-0 just 1:02 into the game on a 10-yard Straup scoring run that capped a four-play, 25-yard possession.

Rey Green scored on an 18-yard run on the second Evergreen possession, and Robert Akil scored from 5 yards out after another Fort fumble making it 23-0 just 5:23 into the game.

Fort Vancouver dressed only 24 players, and the Trappers produced three touchdowns. The first of those covered 78 yards as quarterback Jordan Suell found Marquis Taylor behind the defense midway through the first quarter.

But Straup scored three more rushing touchdowns before halftime, including runs covering 22 and 20 yards as the Plainsmen built a 49-14 halftime lead.

Rey Green finished with 179 yards rushing on seven carries, including a 57-yard touchdown. Green also caught three passes for 48 yards.

Fort Vancouver intercepted three Evergreen passes, two of them by Suell.

Evergreen defensive lineman Arthur Robinson intercepted a deflected pass and took it 65 yards for one of the Plainsmen's second-quarter touchdowns.

Babacar Secka led Fort Vancouver with 84 rushing yards on eight carries. Suell was 7 for 16 passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns for the Trappers.

EVERGREEN 56, FORT VANCOUVER 20

Evergreen 30 19 7 0--56

Fort Vancouver 7 7 6 0--20

First quarter

Eve -- Justin Straup 10 run (Straup run)

Eve -- Rey Green 18 run (Conner Finnegan kick)

Eve -- Robert Akil 5 run (Akil run)

FV -- Marquis Taylor 78 pass from Jordan Suell (Babacar Secka kick)

Eve -- Straup 27 run (Finnegan kick)

Second quarter

Eve -- Straup 1 run (run failed)

FV -- Lafi Sosene 1 run (Secka kick)

Eve -- Arthur Robinson 65 interception return (Finnegan kick)

Eve -- Straup 22 run (kick failed)

Third quarter

Eve -- Rey Green 57 run (Finnegan kick)

Fourth quarter

FV -- Taylor 17 pass from Suell (run failed)

Leaders

RUSHING -- Evergreen: Straup 12-140, Green 7-179, Akil 6-82, Justice Murphy 2-10, Gabe Darland 1-20, Kobey Eaton 1-(minus 11), Brandon Bea 1-(minus 1). Fort Vancouver: Marquise Radford 15-34, Sosene 10-6, Secka 8-84, Dakota Stowell 1-5, Cody Loyer 2-2, Edelmiro Flores 1-4, Suell 8-(minus 21).

PASSING -- Evergreen: Kobey Eaton 5-8-2-65, Brandon Bea 1-8-1-15. Fort Vancouver: Suell 7-16-0-174, Dakota Stowell 0-2-2-0.

RECEIVING -- Evergreen: Green 3-48, Murphy 2-32. Fort Vancouver: Taylor 4-149, Secka 2-19, Myron Williams 1-6.