Max Gordon returns an interception for a touchdown during the first quarter of Friday’s game.

Late onslaught lifts Grizz

ASHLAND — Ashland scored two touchdowns in a 38-second span to break open a tight game en route to a 35-14 nonconference win over Roosevelt Friday night at Walter A. Phillips Field.

Terrell Malley's 78-yard touchdown run cut the Grizzlies' lead to 14-7 with 8:50 to go in the third quarter. Ashland took over from there.

First, Lewis Sebrell's 4-yard plunge capped a seven-play, 40-yard drive with 11:56 to go in the fourth.

Then, Sam Gaviglio recovered a Roosevelt fumble at the 12, and three plays later Ashland quarterback Matt Dierks sliced in from 1 yard out to give the Grizzlies a 27-7 cushion.

Pat Hutchinson's 3-yard burst capped Ashland's 21-point knockout rally with 6:43 left.

"(Roosevelt) sort of made some mistakes tonight and that was the difference in the game, I think," said Ashland head coach Charlie Hall, whose team improved to 4-0. "We really capitalized on the mistakes that they made and covered the ball deep in their own territory."

Sebrell gained 51 yards on 12 carries, and receiver Josh Hogeland caught four passes for 71 yards and a score to lead the No. 7-ranked Grizzlies, who never trailed after Max Gordon's 55-yard interception return crashed Roosevelt's first possession just two minutes into the game.

Malley rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. He also led the Roughriders' defense with 61/2 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Roosevelt (0-3) outgained Ashland 227 to 126 on the ground but turned the ball over three times and gained just 14 yards through the air.

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