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Gateway Rocks North Hills, 40-7

Gateway Rocks North Hills, 40-7

Gateway (5-1, 2-1) defeated North Hills (4-2, 3-0) 40-7 to close out an impressive month of September.

The Gators were 4-0 in the month, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 182-7.

Gateway scored three touchdowns on their first three possessions of the game, and cruised to an easy Class 5A nonconference victory.

Quarterback Bryson Venanzio threw touchdown passes to Tui Faumuina-Brown and Charmor Price before Faumuina-Brown scored from two-yards out, giving the Gators a 19-0 lead after the first quarter.

The score remained that way until late in the second quarter when junior Derrick Davis reached the end zone on a 76-yard screen pass. Davis caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage, and was untouched as he raced down the sideline.

North Hills managed just four first downs in the first half and punted on six of their eight possessions – the other two were a turnover on downs and the end of the half.

The race to 35-0 was on in the second half and both teams went kicking and screaming to the mercy-rule deficit.

Gateway scored three minutes into the second half when Venanzio pitched a shovel pass to Jayden Hurt who scored from five yards out.

Venanzio capped the scoring in the fourth quarter when he found Hurt on a slant pattern, upping the score to 40-0.

With most of the Gateway starters out of the game, North Hills found the end zone late in the fourth quarter on a 37-yard pass play from Ethan Marker to William Fonzi.

Venanzio finished the night 21-29 passing for 335 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. Four players caught touchdowns including Davis who hauled in five passes for 137 yards.

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