GRANGER - Sunnyside Christian High School Principal Dean Wagenaar, speaking on behalf of Coach Ray Hernandez, who is out of town, said this past Friday's game against Colton was a disappointing loss.
The Knights had some great scoring opportunities and held a 22-20 lead at intermission, but eventually fell 40-36.
Wagenaar said the first opportunity to pull further ahead came in the third quarter when the team had a first and goal from the 3-yard line.
Unfortunately, the Knights were unable to punch it in.
The Wildcats took over and ran the ball in to gain the lead in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Sunnyside Christian answered with a goal of its own to regain control of the game.
"Colton scored one more," Wagenaar said, stating the final goal was made by the Wildcats, although Sunnyside Christian made a couple more runs at the end zone and fell short.
Both John Newhouse and Luke Wavrin have been known to tally quite a few rushing yards this season. Wagenaar said the duo didn't disappoint during this past Friday's game, but he was without the stats, speaking from a fan perspective.
"The team played well...it was an exciting game," said Wagenaar.
He said the defense also did a good job at forcing the Colton quarterback to throw the ball.
"There were a few defensive mistakes, but we did place a lot of good pressure on them," said Wagenaar.
He said the Knights made a final attempt to score the winning goal as the clock ran out.
With just seconds on the clock Sunnyside Christian recovered its own fumble and attempted one more play. Wyatt Hoff sent the ball through the air toward one of his receivers in the end zone, but the ball was batted away as the clock ran out of time.
"It was a tough game to lose...we'd definitely have liked to have punched the ball in," said Wagenaar.
Sunnyside Christian (2-3, 3-5) will this coming Friday travel to Palouse. The Knights have just two regular season games left on the schedule.