MOXEE – There couldn’t have been a better start for the Grandview Greyhound football team at East Valley last Friday than an 80-yard opening touchdown drive.
But things went south from there against the host Red Devils, which prevailed in the CWAC contest by a score of 46-27.
That game-opening drive was capped by an 18-yard scoring strike from Anthony Mendoza to Brendan Bardwell.
The Greyhounds clung to a 7-6 lead after one quarter, but three East Valley touchdowns in the second frame proved too much to overcome. Grandview was able to pull within 26-13 at the half thanks to nine-yard TD scamper by Lorenzo Sanchez.
East Valley pulled away in the third quarter with two unanswered scores and tacked on another in the fourth to open up a 46-13 advantage.
Grandview found a spark late in the final quarter with a pair of short touchdown runs by Sanchez, sandwiched around a successful onside kick.
East Valley eventually ran out the clock following Sanchez’s second TD run in the final period.
Grandview Coach Rick Ramos praised the Red Devils. “They’re a pretty physical team.”
Ramos added that Grandview contributed to its own woes last Friday night.
“Our secondary just had breakdowns in communication about who was covering what player and we got beat deep,” the coach said.
On offense, though, Grandview had lots of positives to build on for the rest of the season. That includes a rejuvenated offensive line that gave Mendoza time to throw for 175 yards, along with one touchdown.
On the ground, Grandview’s O line opened holes for Sanchez to rush for 60 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Torres and Angel Abarca combined for another 66 yards on the ground.
“Our line did a great job, especially because when we got behind we had to throw the ball,” said Ramos.
Mendoza’s favorite target was Abarca, who hauled in 106 receiving yards.
Things won’t get any easier for Grandview (1-5, 2-5) this coming Friday when it travels to Ephrata.
“They’re fast and physical and they took it to us last year,” Ramos said of the Tigers. “It’s their senior night and homecoming, but if we can play four quarters and clean up our mistakes and fly to the ball we’ll have a chance.”