(Playoff Note) The Grizzlies had to keep pace with a victory over the Pirates to force a showdown for next Friday night’s game between the Eastmont Wildcats (8-1 overall, 5-0 Big 9) vs. Wenatchee Panthers, (6-3 overall, 4-1 Big 9) – with an anxious hope that the Panthers will win at home on Friday, November 2, and force a three-way tie and elimination game on the following Tuesday at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima.
Following last week’s thrilling, come from behind victory over Wenatchee, Sunnyside did not take the one win Davis High School Pirates (1-8 overall, 0-5 Big 9) lightly as the Grizzlies (6-3 overall, 4-1 Big 9) played with a sense of urgency to keep their playoff hopes alive after winning 37-14 on Friday night at Clem Senn Field.
Sunnyside kicked off to Davis High School’s Senior wide receiver Tyerai Walker as he returned the ball to the Pirates’ 44 yard line. After the defense surrendered an opening drive first down, SHS Junior linebacker Adam Sanchez made a tackle for a one-yard loss as the defense stood their ground and forced the Pirates to punt.
The Grizzly’s first offensive possession started at their 23-yard line with 9:09 in the first quarter. SHS Senior quarterback Ethan Montelongo started and played capably. He completed10 of 26 for 107 yards and no interceptions in place for a banged up and recovering Derrick Escamilla.
The offensive line led the charge as the ground game featured SHS Juniors Arturo Fernandez, 21 rushes for 163 yards with one touchdown and Fabian Chavez, 9 rushes for 47 yards and two touchdowns. The Grizzly’s opening drive ate up more than five minutes of clock.
On first down and the ball just short of the goal line, Chavez plunged into the end zone for the game’s first score with 3:54 remaining in the first quarter. Following the extra point, Grizzlies led 7-0 and were off to a fast start.
After a personal foul penalty on the kick off, Davis took over at midfield. Once again, the defense was relentless in their constant pursuit of the putting a helmet on the ball.
SHS Senior defensive lineman A.J. Borja registered the Grizzly’s first sack of the game as he tackled DHS Senior quarterback Peter Ramirez for a five-yard loss on the first down play. Ramirez completed seven of 16 pass attempts for 100 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
On the second down play, Ramirez dropped back to pass and the pocket collapsing around him, the hurried throw toward his team’s sideline was picked off by SHS Senior defensive back Nate Davila for a 47-yard pick six with 2:53 left in the opening quarter. The point after touchdown was good and the Grizzlies were up 14-0.
The Pirates were able to get on the scoreboard when DHS Sophomore wide receiver Tyler Girard out wrestled a fourth down “Hail Mary” pass from the hands of SHS Junior defensive back #7 Patrick Gallagher in the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown with 6:24 in the second quarter. The extra point was good and Sunnyside’s lead was cut to 14-7.
DHS Senior running back Jorge Martinez, 16 rushes for 46 yards with one touchdown capped off a 47-yard drive with a one-yard plunge that was set up after a SHS Fernandez fumble. At 1:59 left in the second quarter, the game was tied 14-14.
Starting at their 43-yard line, Grizzly quarterback Montelongo led the offense own the field with an unwavering coolness as he scrambled and made timely pass completions to keep the chains moving.
Third down and 11 seconds left in the first half, SHS RB Chavez powered into the end zone and the Grizzlies reclaimed the lead at halftime 21-14.
Sunnyside would not be threatened again and held the Pirates scoreless in the second half and cruised to a 37-14 win.
SHS Senior kicker #11 Alex Mendez had a perfect night as he kicked four extra points, three field goals and finished with 13 points.
Sunnyside Christian 60, St. John Endicott 26
The Knights hold onto the No. 4 spot in the Washington state 1B MaxPreps rankings after securing a 26 win in Friday’s match-up at St. John Endicott.
Odessa remains in the No. 1 spot with a perfect 8-0 record.
Sunnyside Christian is predicted to clinch the No. 1 state seed for the Southeast League after Friday’s outing.
The Knights had a 40-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, and they tacked another 14 points onto the scoreboard before the halftime whistle.
Coach Jeremy Thomas gave his younger players time on the field in the second half, keeping the scoring under control and giving those with less time in competition a chance to play.
St. John Endicott was able to post two touchdowns in the third stanza, and both teams got into the end zone for a touchdown each in the final.
Sunnyside Christian’s record improved to 8-1.
The Knights host Pomeroy for the second time this season on Thursday night. They will be at Clem Senn Field.
In their first meeting, Sept. 28, the Knights rolled past Pomeroy by a score of 60-14.
Grandview 14, East Valley 49
The Greyhounds traveled for their meeting with the Red Devils and were outmatched.
Friday’s outing started slow with East Valley (Yakima) drawing first blood on a 24-yard field goal by Dillan Morrow in the first quarter.
It looked like there was a fighting chance still in the second quarter.
East Valley’s Kevin Nguyen scored on a 5-yard interception return, and Drew Davis collected on a 27-yard reception from Aiden Estill.
But, Grandview got onto the scoreboard after Christian Gomez ran the ball across the goal line from 24 yards.
The Red Devils led 17-7 at halftime.
But, the host team ran away with the scoring, adding another 19 points to their score in the third quarter.
Eddie Juarez of East Valley scored three touchdowns, including one before the end of the quarter as a result of hauling in a 77-yard pass from Aiden Estill.
Grandview scored its only other touchdown in the third stanza. Diamond Carrasco slipped past the defense on a 1-yard scamper.
Tyler Stone of the Red Devils scored twice in the final period of the game. He collected on a 1-yard scamper and a 51-yard carry.
Individual statistics were not available.
Grandview hosts College Place in a non-league match-up this Friday.
Mabton 20, DeSales 14
The Vikings improved to 4-3, 5-4 with a victory over DeSales, and travel to Brewster this coming Friday for a non-conference game.
Against the Irish, the game didn’t look like it was going to go Mabton’s way at the beginning, but the Vikings pulled out the win in overtime.
DeSales’ Tim Scheel ran away with the ball on a 90-yard kick-off return in the first quarter.
Zach Leahy of the Irish was next to score from the 1-yard line.
But, the Vikings battled to answer with a touchdown of their own. Jesus Carreon collected on a 10-yard pass from Andrez Zavala to end the half with a 6-14 deficit.
Neither team was able to get the ball into the end zone in the third quarter.
The Vikings fought and scrabbled, putting Zavala within scoring distance.
He carried the ball across the goal line on a one-yard keeper and connected with another of his teammates for a 2-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14.
The teams headed into overtime, and Mabton took advantage with another Zavala keeper from the 1-yard line to clinch the 20-14 victory.
Zavala completed 16-of-28 passes for 193 yards and was intercepted once. He had 21 carries for 40 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jorge Espinoza had 9 carries for 37 yards and 4 receptions for 65 yards; Alfredo Gonzalez had one carry for no gain and 3 catches for 44 yards; Jesus Carreon had 2 carries for a loss of 5 yards and 2 receptions for 14 yards; Armando Morales had 6 catches for 67 yards; and Andrew McCallum hauled in a 3-yard catch.