YAKIMA – The West Valley Rams struck early against visiting Grandview last Friday and kept on hitting until the final whistle sounded, leaving the Greyhounds battered.
The final score provided West Valley a whopping 47-7 win.
The Rams scored two touchdowns in the opening quarter.
By the half West Valley had a 34-7 lead and the Greyhounds were unable to get in on the offensive action.
It was a defensive player, Lorenzo Sanchez, who scored the lone touchdown for Grandview.
Coach Rick Ramos said Sanchez stripped the ball from a West Valley ball carrier, but all the players believed the play was dead.
“The coaches realized the whistle hadn’t been blown. They began yelling and Lorenzo began running,” Ramos said.
Sanchez picked up speed and West Valley couldn’t stop him from making the 70-yard run into the end zone.
“It was an odd situation,” Ramos said.
In the closing half, the Greyhound defense only allowed the Rams two TDs, but Ramos said there were problems with communication and mental mistakes.
“We saw some bright spots, but we were off…the defense was out of synch,” he said.
“Overall, I am pleased…the kids play hard and we have some playing two ways,” Ramos said.
He said the Greyhounds ran all the plays they wanted. “It kills a drive when miscues take place,” he said.
Ramos believes there was much to be proud of and he said he is hoping Grandview realizes it can be competitive against teams as tough as West Valley (3-0) once the tapes are reviewed.
“They (the Rams) scored 26 points on special teams,” he said, stating it is important to learn that scoring opportunities don’t only exist on offense.
Most important, however, is learning to work together as a team, Ramos said.
He said his team was quiet during the opening half of the game and lacked communication. That, too, he said is important to successful teamwork.
Overall, the ‘Hounds had 100 rushing yards. Alex Torres succeeded in gaining 48 yards on seven carries, and teammate Adam Perez racked up 44 yards on eight carries.
Brandon Marquez of Grandview had one carry for one yard, while back-up quarterback Anthony Mendoza rushed the ball for 10 yards and completed 4-of-11 passes for 42 yards.
Starting quarterback Jorge Oros, said Ramos, was sent running often. “He got pretty beat up.”
As a result, Oros had two intercepted passes while attempting nine passes.
Grandview (0-2, 1-2) will this coming Friday travel to Ellensburg to face off against the unbeaten Bulldogs.
‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JMcGhan@DailySunNews.com