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Grizzly JV edged at Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG - Both the Sunnyside and Ellensburg JV football teams scored three touchdowns Monday, but the Grizzlies came up on the short end of a 20-18 score.

Sunnyside was unable to convert its point after opportunities while Ellensburg was two-of-three, which ended up making the difference on the scoreboard.

The Grizzlies grabbed a 12-7 first quarter lead on touchdowns by Eric Estes and Danny Alvarez.

The score by Alvarez came on a 30-yard run. For the game he ran for 118 yards on 17 carries to pace a Sunnyside JV offense which generated more than 350 yards in total offense. Alvarez also snagged four passes for 57 yards.

But despite the firepower, Sunnyside went scoreless in the second and third quarters as Ellensburg built a slim 13-12 edge going into the final stanza.

Both teams traded touchdowns in the fourth, with point-after conversions again making the difference.

Adrian Cantu, who plunged in from one-yard out for the Grizzlies' fourth quarter score, reached the century mark in passing for Sunnyside, throwing for 100 yards on 8-of-16 passing. The sophomore quarterback also found running room, scampering for 79 yards on seven carries.

The Grizzly JV closes its 2005 campaign at Selah next Monday.

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