Knights loosen up to take on the Irish

PRE-GAME WARMUP — Sunnyside Christian High School senior Arie Prins takes part in pre-game warmups as he keeps his right ankle loose and his strong desire to play against DeSales on Friday, Oct. 11, at Clem Senn Field.

SUNNYSIDE — The Sunnyside Christian Knights have been banged up most of the season and limped into their 1B Southeast 8-man, home conference game against a visiting Irish team seeking to get back on the winning side as DeSales snapped their two game losing streak with a 64-6 victory at Clem Senn Field Friday night.

Sunnyside Christian High School seniors Arie Prins and Marty Fultz were hurt and unable to play in last week’s 82-34 loss at Tekoa-Rosalia. Both players were determined to play and help their teammates out on the field.

“I like playing out there and I don’t like sitting on the sidelines,” Prins stated as he played on a gimpy ankle that is already scheduled for an upcoming Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. “It’s really tough because you can’t be out there doing it. And you think about how much of a different game it would be if you were playing.”

The Knights’ offense could not get their running attack established against the bigger and faster DeSales defense which completely shut down their passing offense.

“We’ve got to get some movement in our running game to hold off the defensive pass rush. It all comes down to blocking. We have to figure out a way to get the right movement and guys in the right spots hitting the right guys,” Knights’ head coach Jeremy Thomas explained.

The young guys have been getting their chance to play. According to their mentors like Prins, the underclassmen have been gaining experience and learning what it takes to be a part of the varsity squad.

“I have fun helping out the younger kids. Even if we lose, it’s our long-term goal of teaching and letting them lean,” Prins acknowledged. “It’s not always about winning, it’s about having fun.”

Patrick Shelby can be contacted at 509-837-4500, ext. 110 or email PShelby@SunnysideSun.com

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