PROSSER - Sunnyside's football team kept it close for a quarter before giving way to state-ranked Prosser in a 64-3 Mid-Valley League loss last Friday.
A 21-yard field goal pulled the Grizzlies to within 14-3 in the opening stanza, before the floodgates opened for 26 Prosser points in the second quarter.
"We're a young team so we were just trying to keep them contained," said Sunnyside Coach Mark Marro.
The Grizzly strategy, Marro noted, was to control the clock to keep the Mustangs' high octane offense on the bench.
Already this season, for example, Prosser scored over 60 points in a romp over Oregon's defending 3A state football champs.
Still, Sunnyside did find some success with a short passing attack by Jaime Sambrano and 138 rushing yards from B.J. Miller.
But the Mustangs brought too much firepower as the Grizzlies struggled to keep pace.
"We did a pretty good job on the line but didn't do a real good job wrapping up the ball carrier," Marro said.
One positive Marro took out of last Friday's game was turnovers, or lack thereof. "We had seven turnovers in that game at Moscow (Idaho), but we didn't turn the ball over at all against Prosser," he observed.
It doesn't get any easier for Sunnyside (0-1, 0-4) which travels this Friday to West Valley, another league heavyweight.
Sunnyside - Sambrano 11-16-86
Prosser - Kellen 13-18-267, four touchdowns; Bruns 4-5-82, one touchdown.
Sunnyside - Miller 33-138, Villaneuva 4-23.
Prosser - Merino 9-196, four touchdowns; Leighty 2-14; Kellen 1-minus 20.
Sunnyside - Garza 3-36, Miller 5-27, Coleman 2-14.
Prosser - Bruns 7-154, four touchdowns; Torres 5-108, one touchdown; Lachrie 2-38; Merino 1-28.