LYLE - The Sunnyside Christian Knights eight-man football team took control early and never let up in a 28-6 win over Kings Way Christian this past Friday at Lyle High School.
Quarterback Steven Bosma threw for one touchdown and ran for another to stake the Knights to a 14-6 first quarter lead. The touchdown toss went for 26 yards to Steven Broersma, which was followed by a two-point conversion on a run by Jackson Haak.
It was Haak again in the second quarter, plunging into the end zone from one yard out to put Sunnyside Christian up 20-6 less than three minutes before the half.
That remained the score until the fourth quarter, when Haak again struck for a touchdown run, this time from four yards out. The touchdown was followed by a two-point conversion by John den Hoed to close out scoring for the game.
Sunnyside Christian had the game well in hand and Coach Ray Hernandez said that allowed him to give extra playing time to some of his younger players. "We put the young kids in for the remainder of the game," he said.
It marked the second consecutive year for Sunnyside Christian to get a victory against Kings Way Christian, and Hernandez said his defense stepped up its play.
"Defensive end Brandon Broersma really stepped up with two big tackles for losses at the beginning of the game and we kept the intensity high," Hernandez said. Haak and Steven Bosma both picked off Kings Way pass attempts.
It wasn't just the secondary, though.
"Our linebackers did a good job of not allowing anything outside. Overall our defense really put in a good game," Hernandez said. The pressure paid off as Ryan Burton and Haak both recorded sacks of the Kings Way quarterback.
On offense, Haak had a career day rushing the football, scampering for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. In addition, den Hoed had six carries for 45 yards, and Steven Bosma toted the pigskin seven times for 46 yards.
Bosma also completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 75 yards and a touchdown. Steven Broersma was the favorite target, with five receptions for 72 yards.
"We tried to throw a lot more this week, but we allowed a lot of penetration," Hernandez said. "We're going to work on pass blocking."
The victory over Kings Way Christian was Sunnyside Christian's only win last year. Hernandez and the Knights don't want to duplicate that result, and he says it's going to take some work to earn more victories in the football program's second season.
"We have to work in defending the option. We have to keep the intensity level up and keep everyone healthy," he said.
Sunnyside Christian will look to do all of the above - and make it two wins in a row - when it plays Arlington, Ore. at Marquette Stadium in Yakima this Friday at 7 p.m.