EPHRATA - Derek Swearingen tossed three TD passes and ran for another as the Grandview Greyhounds snapped a six-game losing streak with a 30-24 win against Ephrata this past Friday.
"It's been a long time," Grandview Coach Jeremy Scroggins said of his team's win. "It feels good to get the monkey off our backs. The kids are real excited. This is the second week in a row where we competed for 48 minutes."
The Greyhounds led 30-17 with just under five minutes to go but did just about all they could to give back the game to the Tigers. Grandview turned the ball over four times in the last five minutes of the game, but Ephrata managed only one touchdown from them.
"The last five minutes were insane, very sloppy," Scroggins said.
The Tigers scored the first 10 points of the game before the Greyhounds settled down in the second quarter. Swearingen hit Herman Herrera for a six-yard TD pass and then hit him again with a 23-yard scoring strike.
With Grandview leading 14-10 to start the second half, a Greyhound drive stalled and Grandview was forced to punt. The resulting kick pinned Ephrata deep in its own territory and the Tigers went three-and-out.
An errant snap to Ephrata's punter allowed the Greyhounds to get a safety, which put the Tigers in a 16-10 hole.
Ephrata took a brief 17-16 lead when the Tigers' quarterback hit a receiver for a 45-yard touchdown score in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Swearingen found the end zone on a four-yard run and then connected with Herrera again for a 42-yard touchdown completion.
Jose Castilleja led the Greyhounds with 52 yards rushing on 18 carries. Swearingen added 27 more yards on the ground and was 16-for-28 through the air for 248 yards and three scores. His counterpart on the Tigers, Bryce Beavers, hit 18-of-42 passes for 253 yards but had four interceptions, as well.
Herrera led all Grandview receivers with 115 yards on five receptions and three touchdowns. Michael Perez had five catches for 80 yards, as well. Teammate Don Munoz had three catches for 39 yards.
The Tigers were led by Rocky Cobb in rushing with 45 yards.
Grandview (1-5, 1-6) will play its last home game of the season on Friday, Oct. 22, against Wapato, starting at 7 p.m. After that the Greyhounds will have two away games at Othello (Oct. 29) and Prosser (Nov. 4).