WENATCHEE - Sunnyside was able to piece together several long drives at Wenatchee last Friday, but just couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone.
That translated into a 55-3 loss against the Panthers, this year’s Big Nine League champions.
“Offensively, I was pretty happy with how we did,” said SHS Coach Mark Marro.
“We moved the ball well against their number ones. We had some long drives…we got into the red zone three different times. We just had a hard time finishing,” he said.
Defensively, it was a different story for the Grizzly football team.
“We didn’t play well on that side of the ball,” Marro said. “But a lot of that has to do with Wenatchee. They’re loaded.
“Wenatchee is a pretty complete team right now. Honestly, I didn’t realize how big they are. Their quarterback goes about 6’6” and 225 lbs., and their line is pretty huge.
“And their running back, one of the fastest kids in the state, has already committed to playing at Stanford,” Marro said.
“For us on defense, it was a bit of a mismatch,” he added.
The running back Marro referenced is Isaiah Brandt-Sims. He rushed for just over 110 yards on only half a dozen carries. He busted off runs of 20 and 30 yards for the Panthers’ first two scores of the game.
Sunnyside’s lone score came on a 27-yard field goal by junior Thomas Waywell. The first-quarter kick capped of a nearly 50-yard drive.
Offensively for the Grizzlies, sophomore quarterback Anthony Herrera threw for about 110 yards, completing seven passes. He was picked once, but that came about when his receiver slipped and a defender made a spectacular play in coming up with the ball.
On the ground, Sunnyside was powered by the tandem of Jesus Magallan and Marcus Sanchez. The two netted a combined 140 rushing yards.
With the victory, Wenatchee (8-2) now moves on to the class 4A playoffs. Class 3A Sunnyside (0-10) will hang up its gear for the season, but the plan – says Marro – is for the Grizzlies to start an aggressive weight training program.