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Greyhounds strike early, cruise to victory

TOPPENISH - Opening league play against the Wildcats last Friday, the Grandview Greyhounds struck early to take a 29-0 halftime lead and then held on for a 36-21 win.

"Matt (Concienne) was pretty hot in the first half," Grandview Coach Dustin Lamb said. "They (Toppenish) were giving us the pass and we were taking it."

Since Toppenish seemed more intent on stopping the run, the Grandview quarterback Concienne put on a passing camp for the Wildcat secondary. He completed 21 passes out of 32 attempts for 279 yards and five touchdowns.

The Greyhounds scored on their first three drives. After the first touchdown Marty Guillen ran in a two-point conversion to give Grandview an 8-0 lead. Before the first quarter was over Concienne would strike twice more for a 22-0 lead.

The Greyhounds would score one more touchdown in the second quarter, adding to their lead, 29-0.

"Our defense really played well in the first half," Lamb said. "We let up a little in the second half, but we had some young guys in then."

Toppenish finished with 278 yards for the game with 200 of them coming in the second half.

In the second half Grandview's Juan Razo intercepted a Toppenish pass and raced 60 yards to return the ball to the two-yard line.

Grandview would add one more touchdown in the fourth quarter and the Wildcats would finally get on the board, scoring three times in the fourth.

Alberto Medina led the Greyhounds in rushing with 21 yards on nine carries. Ricky Gonzalez added six yards on two carries and Concienne gained four yards on five carries.

Guillen led the Grandview receivers with 91 yards on seven catches with two touchdowns. Spencer Lewis caught four passes for 65 yards and one touchdown.

"Spencer had another outstanding game," Lamb said.

Zach Poteet had four catches for 48 yards and two touchdowns.

Lamb said because of the big lead in the second half he was able to play all 37 of his players even though Toppenish kept up the pressure all night.

"We're going in the right direction," Lamb said of his team's victory. "We're getting better, but we still have lots of work to do."

Lamb said his team cut down on the penalties that plagued them against Sunnyside the previous week, but made some mistakes on execution.

The Greyhounds (1-0, 1-1) will host Selah this Friday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

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