Friday night’s win to open the season will not go down as one of the prettiest games played by this year’s Sunnyside Grizzlies, but it showed their resilience.
The Griz had to overcome about a half-dozen turnovers and some costly penalties to take down rival Prosser 34-23.
Senior Myles Newhouse was the key as he ran the ball 31 times for 214 yards and four total scores, including a 68-yard scamper down the right sideline.
“We weren’t throwing the ball well,” said coach John Lobbestael, “But they had only six guys in the box and we were going to run it and [Newhouse] is a great football player.”
The teams both showed some rust in the first quarter with turnovers and penalties keeping them off the scoreboard.
Sunnyside struck first in the 2nd quarter and after a second Newhouse TD, led 14-0 at the half.
Prosser stormed back in the 3rd quarter after Nehemiah Medrano intercepted a Logan Rodriguez pass and took it to the house for six with the Mustangs executing a successful two-point conversion.
Prosser took their only lead 15-14 on their next possession on a TD pass to Ryan Beightol.
Sunnyside rose up though scoring the next 20 points and held off Prosser to go to 1-0.
Lobbestael says they made a lot of mistakes, but he’s happy they got the win, “It’s really good to play a team like that the first week.”
Sunnyside welcomes in Hermiston Friday night for the final home opener at Clem Senn Stadium.