The Sunnyside Christian 8-man football team was unable to keep up with host Garfield-Palouse this past Friday in a 52-6 defeat that was cut short in the third quarter due to the 8-man game's 45-point lead mercy rule.
Coach Ray Hernandez said the Knights actually started the game well. After G-P drove for a score on its opening possession, Sunnyside Christian drove to the opponent's 20 yard-line, when breakdowns stymied the drive.
The Knights got a stop on the defensive end on G-P's next possession, but was unable to take advantage on offense.
Hernandez said his defense eventually struggled, as well. "We missed some tackles," he said. "We had them stopped for a loss on a couple of plays, but we missed tackes and they scored."
The coach said things got worse from there, "Next thing you know we're down three touchdowns and the kids lost focus pretty quickly after that."
Garfield-Palouse led 32-0 at the half.
The bright spot for Sunnyside Christian came early in the third quarter when Steven Bosma tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Steven Broersma to get the Knights on the scoreboard.
Sunnyside Christian ends its season this coming Thursday at Sunnyside's Clem Senn Field with a game against LaCrosse-Washtucna. Game time is 7 p.m.
Hernandez says the Knights have a chance for their second victory of the season if they compete well.
"It could be our first league win this year," he said. "They have two wins to our one. It's a team we can beat if the kids come out focused and stay in the game."