EPHRATA – Shorthanded due to injury and school attendance issues, the Grandview Greyhound football team struggled against host Ephrata in CWAC action last Friday.
The Tigers rolled to a 28-0 lead at the half on the way to a convincing 62-18 victory over Grandview.
“Ephrata’s a really good, senior dominated team,” Grandview Coach Rick Ramos said of taking on the Tigers on what proved to be both senior night and homecoming.
CWAC powers Ephrata, Ellensburg and Prosser are all State playoff contenders, Ramos noted.
The coach added that Grandview’s game plan was altered by Ephrata’s big lead early on. “Being down by that much we had to throw the ball,” he said.
The Tigers were in cruise control by the third quarter Friday night, pushing out to a 48-0 lead.
Ephrata was up 62-0 in the final frame when Grandview finally cracked the scoreboard with three late scores.
Grandview’s first tally came on quarterback Anthony Mendoza’s touchdown run from six yards out.
Mendoza then stayed behind center for the next Greyhound TD, throwing a four-yard scoring strike to Brendan Bardwell.
The Greyhounds hit pay dirt one more time when Lorenzo Sanchez scored on a 60-yard punt return.
Mendoza completed 15-of-28 pass attempts for 132 yards and a touchdown. Jorge Oros also saw action at QB for Grandview Friday night, connecting on 2-of-8 attempts for 15 yards.
Though Grandview had to rely on an aerial attack in attempt to get back in the game, Greyhound Alex Torres found enough holes running the football to scamper for 72 yards on 10 carries.
Mendoza toted the pigskin twice for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Bardwell was the prime target for Grandview quarterbacks, snagging a total of 63 receiving yards.
Sanchez had another 29 yards receiving for Grandview.
The loss dropped the Greyhounds to 1-6 in CWAC play and 2-6 overall. They’ll host Othello this coming Friday.
Grandview may be out of the playoff picture, says Ramos, but his club still has plenty to play for.
“We have to stay focused, keep in sight that we still have two games and they’re both at home,” says Ramos. “We were picked to go 1-9 this season and we’ve won two games. We’re hoping for two more wins and we want to end the season on a good note.”