GRANDVIEW — The Prosser Mustangs (2-0 and 3-2) defeated their CWAC 2A South conference rival Greyhounds (0-1 and 0-5) 35-14 at Rick Leenhouts Stadium last Friday night.
Mustang senior Will Thompson caught a pair of 35 and 26-yard touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Kaiden Rivera to put the Mustangs ahead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Rivera rushed for a TD with 5:02 remaining in the second quarter to extend Prosser’s lead to 21-0.
Senior Logan Candanoza tacked on two more TD’s in the third quarter on a two-yard plunge and a 25-yard reception from Rivera.
The Mustangs held the ‘Hounds in check and were ahead 35-0 in the third quarter.
Prosser’s head coach Corey Ingvalson spoke about the source of his team’s current success.
“Better practices have led to better games. . . since Sunnyside we have had better weeks of practice, and better weeks of preparation.”
With :40 left in the third quarter, the ‘Hounds were able to get on the scoreboard after senior wide receiver Bryce DeLarosa scored on a 31-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Rocco Parish. Following the extra point, Grandview trailed 35-7 going into the final quarter.
Senior wide receiver James Barrientes hauled in a 17-yard scoring reception from Parish with about 4:00 remaining in the game. Following the successful point after, the ‘Hounds cut the lead to 35-14 and were unable to get any closer as time expired.
Head coach Darren Mezger commented on his team’s effort.
“We moved the ball well at times. There were a couple plays we missed, a couple drops we needed to have, Mezger described. “The boys fought until the very end, I’m very proud of the way they fought.”
Kaiden Rivera completed 28 of 40 pass attempts for 440 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior Logan Candanoza ran for 80-yards on 13 attempts and scored one touchdown.
For the Hounds’, Parrish connected on 15 of 32 passing attempts for 205 yards and two TD’s. Parrish spoke about the importance of resilience for himself and his team.
“Dropped ball, bad pass, missed assignment, missed block, miss a hole as a running back, any one of us make a mistake- next play.” Parrish exclaimed, “We just put it behind us and grow as a team, as an individual, we do what we can to be ready for the next play.”
Senior running back Diego Cuevas and junior Dominik Sanchez each had six carries for 23 yards.
Cuevas had eight catches for 67 yards and one TD.
The Greyhounds will be home against Toppenish and the Mustangs host Ellensburg next Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.