YAKIMA – Mustering just 118 yards of total offense, the Sunnyside High School football team was no match for the 4A Davis Pirates last Friday night.
The Pirates, behind QB Nikhil Lizotte’s three-touchdown throwing performance, zipped past the visiting 3A Grizzlies, 34-7.
Davis, which improved to 3-5 on the season, forged a 28-0 halftime lead enroute to dismantling Sunnyside.
Friday’s loss keeps the Grizzlies winless this season. Sunnyside has two Big Nine League games remaining – this coming Friday at home against Eisenhower (5-3) and the following Friday at Wenatchee, the conference leader with an overall mark of 6-2.
Sunnyside averted a shutout last Friday when Sean Christensen plowed across the goal line from a yard out. The 1-yard TD run came at the midway point of the third quarter and, following Thomas Waywell’s PAT kick, drew the Grizzlies to within 28-7 of Davis.
The Pirates slammed the door on Sunnyside the rest of the way, however, and even tacked on an insurance score with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. That final TD, coming on a 24-yard pass from Lizotte to Kristian Sanders, gave the Davis quarterback a hat trick on the night.
Lizotte had TD throws to Santana Swiz and Ketner Kupp in the opening quarter. He ended up tallying 196 yards through the air last Friday on 11-of-20 passing numbers, which included serving up no picks.
On the other side of the ball, Sunnyside QB Anthony Herrera paled in comparison. He targeted his receivers 19 times total, connecting just eight times for 64 passing yards.
Herrera was intercepted once.
Sunnyside ended up turning the ball over twice last Friday, the other time on a fumble.
The Pirates, besides Lizotte’s three touchdown throws, got a pair of rushing touchdowns from Jackson Lewis. Both scores came in the second quarter, on runs of 1 and 11 yards.
Lewis finished as the game’s leading ground-pounder, netting 136 yards on 21 carries.
All told, Davis tacked up 163 rushing yards against the Grizzlies.
Sunnyside received a team-high 43-yard rushing performance from senior Jesus Magallan. Four other ball carriers ended up with negative yardage, though, which calculated out to just 41 yards on the ground for the Grizzlies last Friday.