RICHLAND — Cold weather was not a factor for both offenses as the Falcons held off the visiting Grizzlies, 70-42, on Friday, Oct. 11, at Fran Rish Stadium.
Sunnyside (2-0 Big 9, 4-2 overall) flashed their quick strike passing attack, guided by sophomore quarterback Logan Rodriguez, and featuring senior wide receivers Mike Rivera and Jonathan Sanchez. The explosive trio demonstrated their well-balanced game plan.
Rodriguez completed 24 of 41 pass attempts for 391 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Rivera caught nine passes for 175 yards and one touchdown. Sanchez matched his teammate’s receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore wide receiver Ezekiel Mendoza hauled in two catches for 15 yards and one touchdown.
The Grizzly ground game was led by senior running back Arturo Fernandez rushed for 85 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, along with three catches for 23 yards.
Head coach John Lobbenstael said the non-league game allowed his team to try a few new things, make some big plays and reset prior to their upcoming contest against conference leader Eastmont.
From the opening kickoff, the game turned into a track meet as both offenses exploded in the first half.
A total of 10 touchdowns were scored by halftime and Hanford (2-3 Mid-Columbia, 3-3 overall) led 42-28.
In the third quarter, the Falcons added another three-touchdown explosion as their defense held the Grizzlies in check with one touchdown and were comfortably in front 63-35 entering the final 12 minutes.
The Grizzlies will host Eastmont High School on Senior Night, Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. at Clem Senn Field.