RICHLAND - A 27-0 blanking of the Hanford JV football team leaves the Sunnyside junior varsity with a respectable 6-3 record for the 2011 fall season.
Sunnyside's JV grid squad closed out the year with the shutout last night (Monday) on the Falcons' home field.
"We had a good year on JV, going 6-3," said Sunnyside Coach Darren Mezger. "As a program we are looking forward to some great seasons to come on Friday nights from these athletes."
Scoring-wise for Sunnyside yesterday, running back Jesus Magallon in the opening quarter got the ball rolling by plunging into the end zone from three yards out.
The JV Grizzlies didn't tack on another score until after intermission. But it didn't take them long to find their rhythm once they retook the field, as in the third quarter QB Anthony Chavez hooked up with Marcus Sanchez on a 35-yard scoring strike.
Sunnyside added on touchdown runs of eight and two yards by Austin Garza and Damon Hurst, respectively, in the final period of play to account for the final 27-0 score.
As well as Sunnyside's offensive unit played last night, the JV Grizzly defenders might have come up even bigger. Enroute to shutting out Hanford, Oscar Noriega and Sanchez each had a key interception.
Sunnyside's JV also came up with an inspiring goal line stand in the closing seconds of the first half, when the Falcons were attempting to punch the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line.
Mezger also credits Lewis Axmaker as one of last night's catalysts, saying the junior played especially well on special teams and provided some gaping holes late in the game for Sunnyside's running backs to scoot on through.
"Our defense and special teams played well tonight," said Mezger. "And at the end of the game, our running game really sealed the game for us.
"I would like to thank all of the support we've gotten from our Grizzly parents, as well. They've shown great support and it's been a true pleasure coaching our kids on all levels."