PROSSER - This past Monday's 49-2 thumping administered by Prosser against Sunnyside in a freshman football game may appear to some that the Grizzlies are going nowhere fast.
Rather, it's just the opposite.
Grizzly Coach Glenn Braman said his freshmen are making great strides, considering a majority of them have little or no experience playing organized football.
The Sunnyside freshmen were defeated 67-0 in their season opener at Selah and lost to Prosser 63-6 in week two before sustaining the 49-2 loss to Prosser this past Monday.
"Each week we've cut the deficit by 10 points, so we are improving," said Braman. "We're especially getting better on defense.
"In practice the kids have been learning how to hit hard. They've been hitting each other. Now, I think they're ready to go out and hit the teams we play against hard," he said.
Sunnyside scored its only points of the game this past Monday on a safety, when defensive end Richard Palomarez sacked the Prosser quarterback in the end zone.
Braman said his defensive unit has looked good at times, singling out outside linebacker Victor Campos from this past Monday's contest. Campos, he said, was in on numerous tackles Monday.
"Plus, Victor handled our punting Monday," said Braman. "He got off a couple of punts in the 40 to 50-yard range."
Offensively, the Sunnyside freshmen are still behind the curve, but Braman is hopeful strides can be made on that side of the ball, as well.
"Right now we're just not able to move the ball very well," he said. "We only got a couple of first-downs on Monday."
By the end of the season, though, Braman said the goal is for both the offensive and defensive squads to put it together on the same night so the team can come away with at least one win this season.
"These kids want to win," he said. "They're working hard to get better."