WENATCHEE - Despite sustaining a 42-0 thrashing at the hands of the Wenatchee Panthers junior varsity squad this past Monday, the Sunnyside High School JV football team returned home on a positive note.
"It was 42-0 at the half," said Sunnyside Coach Eric Berg. "But we held them scoreless in the second half.
"Coach (Saul) Martinez came up with a good defensive scheme the second half. He got the kids charged up," Berg said.
Especially responding on the defensive side of the ball was the trio of linebacker Jesus Mendoza, cornerback Matt Salinas and defensive tackle Robert Snyder. Mendoza led the JV Grizzlies with eight and a half tackles and two sacks. Salinas added seven and a half tackles, and Snyder was in on six and a half tackles. Defensive end Abel Cardenas was credited with one sack of the Wenatchee quarterback.
Berg said he didn't have any offensive numbers available from the first game of the season for his JV Grizzlies, but that the quarterback Salinas, wideout Jordan Garcia and running back Jakob Anderson all turned in strong performances against Wenatchee.
"And, all the kids played hard," he said.
The JV Grizzlies travel to 4A Davis next Monday, Sept. 18, for their second game of the season.