Photo by John Fannin.
The Sunnyside Christian High School football team huddles around Coach Ray Hernandez (second from right) during last Friday night’s 60-44 home loss to defending state champion Liberty Christian. The Knights trailed just 34-30 at the half, but couldn’t overcome two scoring drives the Patriots mounted in the third quarter. Even so, it was a big moral victory for the Knights (4-2), which lost to the same Patriot team 78-0 last year. “It was some of the best football the kids have ever played,” said Hernandez. “It’s a huge boost confidence-wise. If we can compete with these guys we can compete with anyone.” Entering Friday’s game, the Patriots had surrendered just 22 points total in the previous five games combined. Quarterback Wyatt Hoff sparked SCHS with 229 yards passing, including three touchdowns through the air and another on the ground. Luke Wavrin ran the ball for 102 yards for the Knights and scored two touchdowns. Wavrin also had a receiving touchdown on an 83-yard pass from Hoff. Brant Bosma hauled in seven Hoff passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Sunnyside Christian returns to action this coming Friday, when the Knights host St. John-Endicott in Granger.