OTHELLO - The Grandview football team's aerial attack was grounded in a 20-0 loss Friday night thanks to a rain-soaked field and defending State 2A champ Othello.
"Mother nature was against us," said Coach Dustin Lamb, who estimated there was three inches of rain on the ground. "We lost our quickness with the mud on the field."
Othello scored all the points it would need with a touchdown off of a fake field goal to go up 7-0 in the first quarter.
The margin held until the fourth stanza, when the hosts put the game away with two more scores. The game breaking touchdowns came on an interception returned 70 yards and a 25-yard scamper into the end zone after a Greyhound linebacker slipped on the turf.
"It was one of those weird games where we were in it the whole way, yet lost 20-0," Lamb observed.
The second-year coach praised his defense, which kept the 'Hounds in contention most of the way. "The defense played real well, but we're still letting people drive between the 20's," noted Lamb. "If we can stop the other team early in a drive we won't have to stop them on the goal line."
On offense, the Greyhounds were stymied by the larger Othello line and a steady rain which prevented their aerial attack from lift-off.
"Artz was throwing some nice passes but we just couldn't hold onto them in the rain," Lamb said his team's 34 yards passing for the game. "We're not a 'run it down your throat' type of offense so the rain was a problem for us."
Even so, the Greyhound ground game experienced some success as J.R. Camacho averaged four yards per carry with 48 yards on 12 rushing attempts.
The 'Hounds are still without running back Frankie Medina and linebacker Blake Carpenter due to injuries. Lamb is hoping his team can get rested and a bit healthier heading into the second half of the season.
"We're banged up but we're looking forward to playing Naches this Friday," added Lamb.
This Friday's contest is also homecoming for Grandview (1-2, 2-3), which hopes to end a three-game losing streak.
Passing: Artz 8-18-34 2 int.
Rushing: Camacho 12-48; Vela 5-23; Artz 6-7
Receiving: Camacho 4-19, K. Concienne 1-8, Vela 1-4, Poteet 1-0, Chester 1-12