YAKIMA - For a half the Sunnyside Christian Knights 8-man football team matched Arlington, Ore. score for score this past Friday night.
But injury and a tough Arlington offense that reeled off 22 unanswered points proved too much as Sunnyside Christian fell 48-32.
"We were right there with them," Sunnyside Christian Coach Ray Hernandez said of the home game played at Yakima's Marquette Stadium. "I think we surprised them, we answered every score."
Jackson Haak scored the first of his three touchdowns on the day to open up SCHS scoring with a 21-yard scoring run just a minute into the contest.
From there the first half was a see-saw contest, with both teams answering with repeated touchdowns.
The Knights' next touchdown came at the 3:26 mark of the first quarter, when Steven Bosma threw a 37-yard scoring strike to Steven Broersma.
Haak, who ran the ball 14 times for 152 yards on the day, scored again in the second stanza on a 44-yard jaunt into the end zone.
With a little more than three minutes left in the first half, Sunnyside Christian struck again when a 33-yard pass from Bosma to Brandon Broersma set up a three-yard touchdown run by Bosma.
That made the score 26-26, before Arlington scored just before the end of the second quarter to go up 32-26 at the half.
It was anyone's game heading into the third quarter, but Sunnyside Christian began to run out of steam as tailback John den Hoed suffered what might be a season-ending shoulder injury in the first half.
"We weren't able to run the sweeps as much as we would have liked," Hernandez said of the aftermath of losing den Hoed, who by that point had already gained 51 yards on the ground on just three carries.
Hernandez said the Knights were not only hampered in the ground game in the second half, but also his team's air attack struggled due to steady rains.
While Sunnyside Christian's attack was hobbled, Arlington's ground game took control in the second half.
"We had a hard time stopping their belly," Hernandez said of Arlington's run strategy that features a fullback leading the way for a tailback up the middle.
As a result, Arlington opened the third quarter with a touchdown to go up 40-26, then tacked on a fourth quarter insurance score to make it 48-26.
Haak closed out Sunnyside Christian's scoring with a three-yard touchdown run in the final minutes of the game.
Despite difficult weather conditions, Bosma completed 7-of-15 passes for 137 yards. Steven Broersma was the favorite target with four catches for 97 yards.
Sunnyside Christian (1-2) will make its home debut this Friday at Sunnyside's Clem Senn Field against Touchet.