TOPPENISH - For the second consecutive game the Grandview Greyhound defense held its football opponent to just 14 points. The difference this past Friday, though, is that Grandview's offense could only muster one touchdown in a 14-7 loss at Toppenish in the CWAC South opener for both teams.
Things couldn't have started better for the Greyhounds, who on their opening possession drove down the field for a touchdown and an early 7-0 score on a five-yard scoring scamper by running back Storm Shea.
"The biggest thing is that our kids held their blocks up front and drove them (the Wildcat linemen). That was the difference," Grandview Coach Jeremy Scroggins said of the early and only scoring drive for the Greyhounds.
Toppenish and its big running attack - which accounted for all of the Wildcats' 250 yards in total offense for the game - knotted the score in the first quarter to make it 7-7.
Grandview mixed the pass and run to move the ball back the other way, but came up short of a score on a missed 32-yard field goal.
Grandview struggled on offense the rest of the game after starting quarterback Josue Oros left the contest in the second quarter with what Scroggins said was a neck stinger or whiplash. Oros was 2-of-4 for 33 yards passing when he left the game. Wide receiver Viano Perez filled in the rest of the way under center for Grandview, completing 3-of-10 passes for 39 yards.
When Toppenish scored a touchdown in the third quarter it held up as the winning score. "We pretty much threw the kitchen sink at them," Scroggins said of his team's efforts to break through on offense. "They were just more physical than us." Shea, for example, finished the contest with 63 yards on 14 carries, but about half of that yardage came on the opening touchdown drive. Jacob Massey toted the pigskin three times for 12 yards to keep the Toppenish defense honest.
Grandview (0-1, 1-1) has seen its first two games decided by just a touchdown each. Though a tough loss this past Friday, Scroggins said the experience of winning - and losing - the close ones will help his team in the long run.
"We've been behind and had to come back and we've been on the losing side," he said. "We're building confidence in ourselves."
Scroggins said he was happy with his team's play on both sides of the ball this past Friday, noting the play of cornerback Eric Rodriguez on defense. "I'm excited about Eric's play. Against the run he was like another linebacker out there. He played well and had an interception," the coach said.
Though there were highlights and solid line play for the Greyhounds, the season is young and with league foe Selah coming to town this coming Friday, Scroggins says his team is a work in progress.
"We've got a lot of room to grow. That one (the loss) was on me. There were some things I needed to do differently to make sure the kids are confident in what they're doing."