PASCO -- Pasco's DeVaunte Wright-Lamb could have simply not played.
He missed practice Monday, he puked so many times Friday night that the Pasco training staff jokingly told him to carry the trash can onto the field, yet he kept his big legs churning and brought home a CBBN 3A victory for the Bulldogs.
Pasco defeated Sunnyside 27-12 at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco as Wright-Lamb rushed for 233 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns.
"I just didn't want to quit," Wright-Lamb said. "The coaches told me to stick in there and that's what I did. They told me I could rest after the game."
With Pasco's early two touchdown lead reduced to 13-12, Wright-Lamb did more than just stick on the field -- he took over the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, he returned it 39 yards to set Pasco up at its own 46.
Six plays later -- including a 21-yard jaunt over left tackle -- Wright-Lamb punched it in from 3 yards out to put the game away.
"It was just desire on that drive," Wright-Lamb said. "Last year we lost to them on homecoming 21-20. We picked it up in the second half and created a good drive."
Wright-Lamb gave credit to his offensive linemen, who chewed up the Sunnyside defenders all night long. The senior running back scored on a 95-yard run the first time he touched the ball in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs (2-4, 2-2) rushed for 313 yards in total, as sophomore Luis Murillo, who started in place of Wright-Lamb, picked up 69 yards and a touchdown.
"It was penalty-free on that drive," Pasco coach Dustin Lamb said. "In the middle quarters we would get penalties or drop passes. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot.
"The offensive line made the holes on that drive."
Sunnyside (2-4, 1-3) attempted to rally, but three consecutive incompletions stalled its next drive, and then Pasco freshman quarterback Zach Whitby went to work.
He found Brandon Search down the right side for a 30-yard gain and then hit T.J. Avery down the left for a 14-yard touchdown pass to seal the victory.
"We had to have this win," coach Lamb said. "All the games are must-wins now."
The Bulldogs should keep winning if they get the effort and determination they did from Wright-Lamb on Friday.
"I'm so proud of him," coach Lamb said. "He'd play and then come to the sidelines and throw up, play and then throw up. He played pretty sick."
While Wright-Lamb was on an express ride on and off the field, the Pasco defense made enough plays in the secondary to hold off Sunnyside quarterback Andrew Daley.
Daley finished 17-of-39 for 267 yards and an interception.
"Their quarterback was good," Lamb said. "He kept us off-balance all night. Brandon (Search) really covered some ground tonight and did a good job."
Pasco 27, Sunnyside 12
Sunnyside 0 6 0 6 -- 12
Pasco 13 0 0 14 -- 27
Pas--Luis Murillo 3 run (Jovan Rojas kick).
Pas--DeVaunte Wright-Lamb 95 run (kick failed)
S--Steven Monterrey 2 run (pass failed)
S--Monterrey 3 run (pass failed)
Pas--Wright-Lamb 3 run (Rojas kick)
Pas--T.J. Avery 14 pass from Zach Whitby (Rojas kick)
RUSHING--S, Monterrey 21-67, Fernando Madrigal 3-36, Emmanuel Tejeda 4-12, Andrew Daley 5-4. P, Wright-Lamb 20-233, Murillo 11-69, Lonnie Hurley 1-16, Clifton Lozano 2-7, Zach Whitby 2-(-12).
PASSING--S, Daley 17-39-1--267, Tejeda 2-3-0--26. P, Whitby 9-17-0--112.
RECEIVING--Rafael Sameron 3-104, Monterrey 7-57, Tejeda 4-56, Joseph Contreras 3-40, Fernando Madrigal 2-26. P, Brandon Search 5-63, T.J. Avery 2-23, Hurley 1-17, Murillo 1-9.
FIRST DOWNS--S, 22; P, 17. FUMBLES-LOST--S, 0-0; P, 1-1. PENALTIES-YARDS--S, 7-33; P, 6-55.