SELAH – Playing its third road game in as many weeks, the Grandview Greyhound football team found it tough sledding at Selah last Friday in a 20-7 CWAC loss.
After a scoreless first quarter, the host Vikings got all the points they would need with two touchdowns in the second quarter to go up 13-0 at the half.
Grandview was partly undone in the second stanza by giving up good field position to Selah, including one drive the Vikings started in the Greyhound red zone on a muffed Grandview punt attempt.
Selah’s first touchdown, though, came on a bomb, a 40-yard passing play. “We had a defensive breakdown, a mismatch in the corner of the end zone,” Grandview Coach Rick Ramos said.
The Vikes tacked on an insurance score in the third quarter, again gaining possession deep in Grandview territory, to go up 20-0 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Grandview finally cracked the scoreboard with five minutes to play in the game on a 7-yard touchdown strike from Anthony Mendoza to Lorenzo Sanchez.
Despite the loss, Grandview did put up a balanced attack. The Greyhounds had 87 yards rushing on the night, sparked by Alex Torres, who toted the pigskin for 48 yards.
Mendoza threw for 70 yards Friday. Sanchez was the primary target with 37 yards receiving. Sanchez, a running back, was converted to slot receiver due to injury in the Grandview receiving corps.
Grandview (0-4, 1-4) finally returns to the home comforts of Rich Leenhouts Stadium this coming Friday. The Greyhounds will face CWAC foe Toppenish to cap Grandview High School’s homecoming week.
Ramos says through the first half of the season he’s been platooning running backs in and out of the line-up, but notes Grandview will make some changes for the home stretch of the 2013 season. He said the Greyhounds will likely ride the legs of Torres on the ground game and, instead, have more of a rotation at quarterback between Mendoza and Jorge Oros.