First taste of football

Season kicks off next weekend at Sunnyside

A Sunnyside Grid Kids running back knocks a defender to the ground as he makes his way upfield during Saturday’s jamboree.

Photo by Manny Dimas
A Sunnyside Grid Kids running back knocks a defender to the ground as he makes his way upfield during Saturday’s jamboree.



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A Sunnyside “A” team running back catches the ball.

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Sunnyside’s “C3” quarterback fumbles a snap.

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Sunnyside’s “A” team looks for an opening to get the touchdown in the final two minutes.

— It was the “official” start to the football season for many of the teams in the Yakima Valley Grid Kids Association this past weekend.

More than 500 players representing 10 teams went to Clasen Field for the annual West Valley Jamboree for their first competition on the gridiron.

Sunnyside fielded the most competitors, bringing seven teams to the event.

The young Grizzlies have been practicing for more than a month, with more than 100 players ages 8-13 on the roster.

Each team had two 20-minute halves during the jamboree — one on offense and the other on defense.

It gave players the opportunity to put what they’ve been practicing to use and to see what needs to be worked on before the season-opener.

The season starts next week for Sunnyside with Granger, Grandview and Mabton.

Games will be played Saturday morning at Sierra Vista Middle School and at SOZO Sports Complex in Yakima.

Prosser and Zillah officially begin the season Sept. 4, but will compete in the Benton City Jamboree along with other teams in their league Saturday.



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