GRANGER – It was all but over in the first quarter and the game was well in hand by the half as the Sunnyside Christian High School football team easily dispatched visiting St. John-Endicott by a score of 52-0.
Playing its home game at Granger High School’s football field, the Knights jumped all over the Eagles from the get-go with three touchdowns in the first 12 minutes.
Luke Wavrin, who rumbled for four first-half touchdowns, found paydirt twice in the opening quarter for Sunnyside Christian. The Knights’ quarterback, Wyatt Hoff, scampered for a TD run as well in the first quarter.
Sunnyside Christian built a huge 40-0 lead at the half with three more touchdowns in the second quarter. Wavrin accounted for two more scores on the ground, and fellow backfield running mate Cooper Liefke found the end zone as well.
In accordance with 8-man football rules, once a 40-point lead is in hand the game shifts to a running clock that doesn’t stop for timeouts or possession changes.
Despite time flying off the clock, Sunnyside Christian was able to keep its foot on the throttle with two more second half scores. One was a touchdown run by Liefke and the other a scoring toss from Hoff to Nate Scheenstra.
Wavrin toted the pigskin 17 times for 187 yards and four touchdowns, while Liefke also had an impressive night running the football with 20 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Hoff had 15 yards rushing and completed just one pass on the night, the 40-yard touchdown strike to Scheenstra.
The limited air attack was by design, said Sunnyside Christian Coach Ray Hernandez.
“We kept it on the ground and ran a base offense for strategy purposes,” says Hernandez, noting he has to send game film from last Friday to the Knights’ opponent in two week’s time, Garfield-Palouse.
“We’ve never beaten them and if we win against them we’ll likely have a playoff bid,” Hernandez explained. As a result, the coach said the idea was to not give too much of Sunnyside Christian’s game plan away.
Of course, the game two weeks from now won’t mean nearly as much if Sunnyside Christian (5-2) doesn’t take care of business this coming Friday at Colton.
Hernandez said he’ll have his team focused on that match-up against what could be a very tough Colton squad.
“It’ll be interesting,” Hernandez said. “Colton beat Liberty Christian (the defending state champs) 40-32 last week.”