Barlow 26, Jefferson 18: Quarterback Ethan Jones scrambled for a 34-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left as the Bruins (1-1) of Gresham rallied to defeat the host Democrats (1-1) of North Portland in a game at Roosevelt High School in North Portland.
The Democrats led 12-0 at halftime on the strength of touchdown runs of three and 64 yards by Oregon State signee Damir Collins. In the second half, the Bruins’ running game — led by Carter Baggs, Jake Fay and Reece McKenzie — found its rhythm, and by the end, Barlow had gobbled up about 200 yards on the ground.
Bruins linebacker Andrew Collins sealed the win with an interception.
The Democrats’ Dondrae Fair threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Tre Anderson for Jefferson’s final touchdown.
Jefferson’s Jason Davis had 14 solo tackles, 20 total tackles, one sack and three tackles for loss. The Democrats’ defense forced three fumbles.