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The San Francisco Dogfish lost to the Portland Stags on Saturday, 23-11, at Hillsboro Stadium in Oregon.

After trading points and the lead with the Stags in the first half, the Dogfish entered the second half down by two. The Stags widened the gap in the third quarter with a six-point run, then had two separate three-point runs in the fourth quarter to close out the game with a decisive 23-11 victory.

Portland made good on their promise to avenge their loss to San Francisco two weeks ago. While the Stags had a few issues in this game related to the wind, the Dogfish started strong then struggled to stay afloat in the second half possibly due to low numbers, the heat or a combination of the two. The Dogfish only scored three points in the second half compared to the Stags’ 13 points.

In the first quarter the Stags got a break for the score, then the teams traded points until the Dogfish pulled ahead to 4-2 with 2:50 left in the quarter. The Stags charged back, scoring three in a row to end the quarter in the lead, 5-4.

The Dogfish came into the second quarter with a purpose, and took back the lead at 6-5. It was short-lived, however, as the Stags returned the favor and then pulled ahead to end the first half up by two at 10-8.

By the third quarter it appeared San Francisco’s strength had stalled, literally. After scoring the first point, the Dogfish floundered through two stall calls, two injured players and a six-point Portland run that left them behind by seven with 0:46 remaining in the quarter. The Dogfish scored again, but the Stags fired back quickly, ending the third quarter with a strong lead at 17-10.

The Stags continued their march in the fourth quarter, riding a three-point run before the Dogfish could get on the scoreboard with 5:37 remaining in the game. It was San Francisco’s only goal in the quarter, and the Stags made it into the end zone three more times before time ran out and the game ended, 23-11.

The win reaffirms Portland’s position at the top of the Western Conference with a 7-1 record, and leaves the Dogfish with a 2-5 record.

Next week the Dogfish play their last home game of the season on Sunday, June 14 at 1 p.m. against the Vancouver Nighthawks. Buy your tickets here.



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