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Sanchez leads Grizzlies over Davis Pirates, 24-6

YAKIMA - Most people can only dream of performing like James Sanchez did this past Friday in Sunnyside's 24-6 win over Davis.

For Sanchez, it isn't a dream anymore.

The junior football player, who starts on both sides of the ball, caught three passes for three scores and intercepted the Davis quarterback twice. He also recovered a fumble.

"James had a fantastic night, a break-out night," Sunnyside Coach Mark Marro said. "He's always been consistent for us but he made the most of his opportunities."

The victory is the Grizzlies' second win in the 4A-loaded Columbia Basin Big Nine League. The win puts Sunnyside at 2-3 in CBBN league play and 2-4 overall.

Sunnyside scored in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead when Andrew Daley found Leo Cuellar on a nine-yard touchdown pass.

The Grizzlies scored twice more in the second quarter. The first was a 12-yard pass from Daley to Sanchez. And the second, Daley's third TD pass on the night, was an 18-yard completion to Sanchez again.

"Andrew threw the ball well," Marro said. "He started a little slow, then came out and looked strong. He's moving well out of the pocket."

Daley finished the first half 7-for-12 for 71 yards and three touchdowns before turning the ball over to quarterback Michael Rodriguez.

Rodriguez would hook up with Sanchez in the third quarter, a five-yard toss that put Sunnyside up 24-0.

Marro also lauded the play of his defense, especially the line and his linebackers.

"They played real strong," he said. "Davis had no success running the ball and couldn't pass on us until later in the game."

Late in the fourth quarter the Pirates were threatening to score. On Sunnyside's two-yard line, the Grizzly defense kept Davis out of the end zone on eight straight plays. Davis went four and out but got a first down on a Sunnyside pass interference call. They then went four and out again with Sunnyside causing a fumble and recovering it on fourth down.

On first-and-10 from their own eight-yard line, Sunnyside fumbled and Davis recovered the ball in the end zone for their only score of the night.

Sunnyside's Victor Rios led the Grizzlies on the ground, gaining 83 yards on nine carries.

For Davis, Greg Hata threw the ball 32 times, finding receivers on 11 of those passes for 122 yards. He was picked off three times.

The Grizzly defense limited the Davis rushing attack to just 47 yards.

Sunnyside will continue league play next Friday, Oct. 17, when the Grizzlies travel to Wenatchee for a 7:30 p.m. game.

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