Grizzlies pull out non-league win, 22-19

Sunnyside Quarterback Derrick Escamilla hands the ball to running back Saul Macias as the offensive line keeps Prosser’s Kaden Cooper and Jake Coleman from getting the sack.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Sunnyside Quarterback Derrick Escamilla hands the ball to running back Saul Macias as the offensive line keeps Prosser’s Kaden Cooper and Jake Coleman from getting the sack.



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After Will Weinmann (17) handed him the ball, Prosser running back Logan Candanoza tries to weave his way past Sunnyside’s defense with A.J. Borja hot on his heels.

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Haden Hicks of the Mustangs stretches for the ball as Grizzlies defender Mike Rivera converges on him.

A new season with a new starting line-up, and a tough opener was certain to challenge the Grizzlies on Friday.

But, the Sunnyside High School team proved it was up to each and every challenge, digging in at Clem Senn Field for a 22-19 victory over Prosser.

It was veteran Mike Rivera who scored the first TD for the Grizzlies. He got into the end zone in the first stanza to give the home fans something to cheer about when he caught a 75-yard pass from fellow veteran quarterback Derrick Escamilla.

Escamilla is new to the QB position this season but proved his mettle with two TDs in the final quarter, including a 12-yard run and a winning 27-yard run.

Playing defensive back, Escamilla picked up the ball when it was dropped on a fourth-down pass near the goal line and ran it in to seal the deal.

Escamilla rushed 15 times for 85 yards, while running back Saul Macias was his go-to man 12 times for 61 rushing yards.

Rivera was no slouch, catching 6 passes for 143 yards.

The Grizzlies combined for 180 yards on 41 rushes, 7 catches for 177 yards.

Giving Escamilla a break from the ground game was Marcus Maldonado. He was in charge of tossing the ball to both receivers and completed 7-of-15 passes for 177 yards and the one TD throw that landed in the hands of Rivera.

Prosser gave the Grizzlies its all, utilizing the experience of Will Weinmann at quarterback, running back Kord Tuttle and receiver Haden Hicks.

Hicks caught eight of Weinmann’s passes for 140 yards and three TDs. He scored on a 38-yard pass in the second quarter, and two passes — 14 yards and 24 yards — in the final stanza.

Weinmann completed 16-of-36 passes for 256 yards and an interception. He rushed three times for 18 yards.

Tuttle was the running back he most relied upon, handing the ball to the fellow senior 16 times for 81 yards.

Logan Candanoza had a gain of 43 yards on 12 rushing plays.

Sunnyside travels to Seattle this Friday to play against Cleveland in another non-league match-up.



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