Vikings pull out 21-8 victory

Sunnyside Christian now 5-2, Sunnyside falls to Hanford

Ukiah Randell of the Cougars is stopped by Andrew McCallum and Andrez Zavala on a rushing play.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Ukiah Randell of the Cougars is stopped by Andrew McCallum and Andrez Zavala on a rushing play.


Ulises Galarza and George Trujillo of the Vikings drag down ball carrier Daniel Berlanga of White Swan.

The Mabton Vikings, after a dismal first half, overcame an 8-0 deficit to beat White Swan 2-8 Friday.

Sunnyside High School hosted Hanford on that rainy night and suffered a 56-35 loss, while Sunnyside Christian defeated host Colton 60-42.

Another Lower Yakima Valley team to feel the sting of a loss was Grandview, suffering a 13-7 defeat in Toppenish.

White Swan 8, Mabton 21

In the first half of their home game Friday, the Vikings struggled to get past the Cougars’ defense to make any gains.

There were a couple of drives during which Mabton had good field position to start, but White Swan was able to back the Vikings up.

One possession resulted in nearly 20 yards lost before the Cougars took over.

But, White Swan was feeling the hurt on that drive, getting the ball near its own 10-yard line.

The Cougars were the first to punch the ball into the end zone. In the first quarter, the only White Swan touchdown was made on a 2-yard run. The 2-point conversion good, giving White Swan an 8-0 lead that would be erased in the third quarter.

Neither team scored in the second quarter, and the Vikings came alive after the half.

Andrew McCallum was the first Viking to make it across the plain. He collected on a 10-yard pass from Andrez Zavala, and a 2-point conversion was the equalizer.

Before the quarter ended, Zavala spotted Alfredo Gonzalez, who was able to haul in an 8-yard catch to give Mabton a 14-8 lead.

The Vikings maintained its control and composure leading into the final stanza.

Jorge Espinoza got in on the scoring action, marching the ball across the goal line on a 6-yard carry.

Ulises Olivares put a bow on the play, booting the ball between the crossbars to account for the 21-8 win.

Zavala completed 8-of-17 passes for 93 yards and an interception in the first quarter. He kept the ball 16 times for 34 yards.

Espinoza had two catches and 14 carries. He gained 71 yards on the rush, but the gains for his catches weren’t available.

Gonzalez carried the ball 7 times for 21 yards and made 15 catches for 83 yards.

David Lopez had a 17-yard catch, and McCallum had a 10-yard catch.

Mabton had seven players credited for defensive tackles with four tackles resulting in a loss of yards for the Cougars.

The Vikings celebrate homecoming this week. A list of activities was not available as of press time.

Hanford 56, Sunnyside 35

A non-league affair at home against the Falcons didn’t end well for the host Grizzlies on Friday.

The loss drops Sunnyside to 4-2 overall.

The Grizzlies allowed Hanford to accumulate 208 passing yards and 156 yards in the ground game.

The Falcons, however, were outplayed by Sunnyside’s Mike Rivera, Jonny Sanchez and Isaac Briones. They combined for 14 catches, accumulating 243 yards as quarterback Derrick Escamilla depended upon them to make the plays.

He turned to Saul Macias, Marcus Maldonado and Devontay Herrera on the ground. When Escamilla wasn’t making the running plays himself — which he did 10 times for 46 yards — he turned to the trio and the Grizzlies gained 111 yards between the four.

Escamilla was 50 percent, completing 13 of his 26 passes. However, the Falcons disrupted the play and intercepted him four times, the most of any team Sunnyside has faced this season.

Rivera caught four of those passes, amassing 124 yards and two touchdowns.

Briones caught hauled in four passes for 61 yards, and Sanchez made five catches for 56 yards.

Escamilla delivered the ball to Macias on a 2-yard pass, as well.

On the ground, two of Escamilla’s keepers were good for touchdowns.

He handed the ball to Macias 13 times for 27 yards.

Maldonado had five carries for 36 yards, and Herrera had one for 2 yards.

Alex Mendez kicked the ball through the crossbars on three of his four attempts.

On defense, Patrick Gallagher intercepted the Falcons for a 21-yard return.

The fifth touchdown wasn’t accounted for in the stats provided as of press time.

Briones, Gallagher and Anthony Densen were chosen as the MaxPreps Players of the Game.

Sunnyside Christian 60, Colton 42

The Knights once again defeated an opponent with a final score of 60 points.

Stats from the game were unavailable, but this is the third of five games in which coach Jeremy Thomas’ team won with 6-0 on the scoreboard.

In the first meeting this season against Colton, Aug. 30, Sunnyside Christian won 64-34.

The Knights are 5-1 with Friday’s win, having lost to Garfield-Palouse by two points, 30-28.

Sunnyside Christian hosts Garfield-Palouse this coming Friday at Clem Senn Field, hoping for a better outcome.

The Vikings are 6-0 and want to keep alive their perfect record for the season.

Grandview 7, Toppenish 13

Although the Greyhounds put up a fight against the Wildcats, they were unable to secure a league win on Friday.

Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first quarter, and the Wildcats slipped past Grandview’s defense for the first time in the second.

Manuel Felen was in the right place as Keyano Zamarripa tossed him the ball 1-yard away from the goal line for a touchdown.

The kick was no good, and Toppenish ended the half with a 6-0 lead.

In the third quarter, Zamarripa gambled on another pass. It paid off as Christian Grant hauled the ball in from 11 yards away and carried it into the endzone. This time Alfredo Rodriguez was able to get the ball between the crossbars, giving the Wildcats a 13-0 third-quarter score.

In the final stanza, Grandview finally made headway. It was Christian Gomez who maneuvered past the Wildcats to score the only goal of the game for his team. He carried the ball 14 yards for the touchdown, and Diego Cuevas was successful with the PAT.

Quarterback Rocco Parrish completed 7-of-19 passes for 85 yards and was intercepted once.

He carried the ball three times for a loss of 9 yards.

Reese Ramos returned to the field after being on the injury reserve list for a concussion. He had two catches for 13 yards.

Diamond Carrasco had a 12-yard catch, Gomez had a catch for a loss of 2 yards, and Ferrell Medina had two catches for 7 yards.

One other player — his name is not on the roster — hauled in a 55-yard pass.

On the ground, Gomez had 26 carries for 101 yards, Medina carried the ball one time for a loss of 11 yards and Carrasco had three for 12 yards.

The Greyhounds celebrate homecoming this week with Macho Man Volleyball tonight, a parade and Powder Puff Football on Wednesday, and Friday night’s game against Wapato.


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