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Grizzlies pound Grandview 54-14 in gridiron opener

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Grandview Greyhound wide receiver A.J. Valenzuela (89) finds running room after the catch as teammate Edgar Delgadillo (53) surges ahead to block Grizzly defenders.

GRANDVIEW - Quarterback Eduardo Salmeron accounted for four touchdowns to lead the 3A Sunnyside Grizzlies to a 54-14 rout over the 2A Grandview Greyhounds in the football opener for both teams last Friday.

"I was pleased, it was a good starting game and not a lot of penalties," said Sunnyside Coach Mark Marro. "It was a good chance for a lot of people to touch the ball."

Grandview played host for the annual gridiron rivalry, but it was Sunnyside in control from the outset with three first quarter touchdowns to open up a 22-0 first stanza lead.

Salmeron, who on the day carried the ball nine times for 74 yards, scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns with a three-yard scamper for paydirt to open up scoring midway through the first quarter.

The Grizzlies then scored three touchdowns in a five minute span to put the game away.

Sunnyside's next score came with three minutes to play in the first quarter when Salmeron - who completed 7-of-10 pass attempts for 133 yards - burned the Grandview secondary with a 37-yard touchdown strike to Joseph Contreras. Contreras was the leading Grizzly receiver Friday night with three catches for 101 yards.

Ninety seconds later Sunnyside found paydirt again when Trey Serl scooped up a Grandview fumble and scooted 30 yards for the score.

Barely 90 seconds into the second quarter, the Grizzlies made it 28-0 when Ramon Hernandez pounded into the end zone on a 10-yard run. For the game, Hernandez carried the ball nine times for 56 yards rushing.

Sunnyside not only controlled the tempo on offense and defense, but special teams were also a standout for the Grizzlies as Marcus Sanchez put the Grizzlies up 34-0 midway through the second stanza on a 55-yard punt return.

Sunnyside closed out the first half up 41-0 when Salmeron scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run.

With a lead of better than 40 points at the half, the second half clock ran non-stop due to a state mercy rule.

Sunnyside's starters stayed in for one more drive to start the third quarter, which culminated on a Salmeron touchdown jaunt from 16 yards out to make the score 47-0.

Grandview took over in the scoring department the rest of the way, with Diego Degadillo getting the Greyhounds on the scoreboard with 9:31 to play in the game on a two-yard run. Degadillo tacked on a two-point conversion to make it 47-8.

But Sunnyside answered with its final score on the ensuing kick-off when Jose Ortiz hustled for an 85-yard return to make it a 54-8 game.

The final score of the night came with about five minutes to play in the game when Grandview's Jose Castilleja busted through the Grizzly defense for a 41-yard touchdown run.

Castilleja was the game's leading ball carrier with 93 yards on 16 rushing attempts.

Through the air, quarterback Derek Swearingen led Grandview with completed 4-of-9 pass attempts for 33 yards.

For the game, Sunnyside's balanced attack posted 322 yards in total offense while the Grizzly defense held Grandview to 166 yards.

"Defensively we had a good scheme going in and we didn't give up many yards," said Marro. "Ninety percent of the yards we gave up were in the fourth quarter."

Despite the lopsided victory, Marro says his squad has considerable room for improvement as it prepares to play at 3A Southridge this coming Friday.

"We have a lot of things to work on," he said. "We made a few mental mistakes in our blocking we're going to have to sew up."

Marro also anticipates the Suns will attempt to get after Sunnyside with a passing attack. "They'll spread the ball a lot more so we'll work more with our corners."

The Grizzly home football opener is set for Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. against Kamiakin.

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