GRANDVIEW - One word can describe the outcome of Friday night's game between the Sunnyside Grizzlies and the Grandview Greyhounds.
The Grizzlies used their conditioning to hang on in the last half of the fourth quarter to beat Grandview and avenge last year's loss, 15-14.
"There were a lot of penalties," Sunnyside Coach Mark Marro said. "It was not a very clean game. Grandview did a good job of moving its defensive front line."
Both sides racked up penalties during the game, especially during the first half. It was a penalty that cost Grandview a shot at the lead late in the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies got on the board first when defensive tackle Andrew Rios sacked Grandview's Matt Concienne in the end zone for a safety. Sunnyside took a 2-0 lead into the second quarter.
In the second quarter Grandview got a break when Spencer Lewis scampered 22 yards to the end zone. On the way he fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Grandview in the end zone for a touchdown.
Sunnyside attempted to take the lead late in the first half but saw its drive stall as time expired.
The Grizzlies got the ball back to start the second half but quickly stalled on its drive.
Grandview started its first drive of the second half with a completion from Concienne to receiver Zach Poteet. Francisco Valencia then broke up the field for 18 yards and a first down. The next play Concienne hit Poteet for a 22-yard touchdown pass.
"It was a play action boot leg and the quarterback hit me," Poteet said. "It was mostly him. I give the credit to the line and him. I just caught the ball."
Sunnyside got the ball back trailing 14-2 halfway through the third quarter.
"In the first half the plays were called at the line," Marro said. "In the second half I started calling the plays."
And Marro called on his big running back, B.J. Miller.
In the next nine plays, Miller would have his number called.
He burst through the line for nine yards. The next play he picked up the first down. After a stop for no gain, Sunnyside's quarterback Adrian Cantu hit Gibby Briones for a nine-yard gain.
Two more runs by Miller and the Grizzlies had a first and goal situation. Miller did the honors three plays later by punching in a one-yard run for a touchdown.
After that, the Grizzly defense stepped up.
On Grandview's next series Concienne threw an interception, but the defender caught the ball out of bounds. Valencia was then stopped for a no gain and Grandview committed a penalty. Valencia then fumbled the ball, but the Greyhounds recovered but were hit with another penalty. The Greyhounds punted as the third quarter ended.
Sunnyside took position of the ball around mid-field and three plays later they were celebrating their first lead via a touchdown pass from Cantu to Jesse Montelongo. Cantu almost had his pass intercepted but somehow Montelongo got it and took the rock in five yards for a touchdown and Grizzly lead.
After a failed two-point conversion Sunnyside led 15-14.
Concienne and the Greyhounds quickly got back on track. He hit Marty Guillen for a 25-yard pass play. Concienne then called his own number and scampered for 10 yards. After a fumble and a three-yard loss, Concienne found Poteet and connected for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Unfortunately for the 'Hounds a penalty was called and the play came back.
Concienne then hit Valencia with a 15-yard pass. A few plays later the Greyhounds were on the Grizzlies' 15-yard line.
A sack put the Greyhounds back five yards to the 20-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Grandview elected to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking a field goal.
"Our kicking game at this point isn't very strong," Grandview Coach Dustin Lamb said. "We'll definitely be thinking that next time. We would like to have that one back."
The fourth down conversion failed and the Grizzlies took over. After a three and out situation the Greyhounds got the ball back but the Sunnyside defense started to take over.
The Grizzlies got the ball back one more time and gave it back to the Greyhounds with seven seconds left and no chance.
"Our defense was ready," Marro said. "They kept us in the game. The kids didn't quit and I'm really happy for them."
"It was an ugly game," Lamb said. "There were lots of mental mistakes."
Lamb added his fatigued players weren't prepared well enough by him and his coaches, noting eight Grandview players were carried off the field with cramps during the game.
"It's not about talent," he said. "It's just mental mistakes and we can fix that."
The Greyhounds (0-1) next travel to Toppenish for their league opener next Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Grizzlies (1-0) will host Wenatchee this Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
S'side 2 0 7 6 -15
G'view 0 7 7 0 -14
Rushing: (S'side) B. Miller 19-89, J. Sambrano 11-40, A. Cantu 4-18. (G'view) F. Valencia 10-31, S. Lewis 1-24, F. Medina 6-15.
Passing: (S'side) A. Cantu 6-12-0-82. (G'view) M. Concienne 16-27-1-178.
Receiving: (S'side) J. Montelongo 1-43, B. Miller 2-18, J. Baysinger 2-12, G. Briones 1-9. (G'view) M. Guillen 5-83, Poteet 3-35, S. Lewis 2-41, F. Valencia 2-26.