The Southridge Suns are doing a great impression of the cardiac kids.
First came a Week 1 win over Richland, 9-7, in which the Suns scored a touchdown on the game’s final play.
Friday night was another comeback win, 25-21 against Sunnyside at Lampson Stadium.
Southridge started impressive in this one, getting out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter on Kadin Diaz’s 27-yard return of a blocked punt.
But the Big Nine’s Grizzlies came back in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered on Ramon Hernandez’s 25-yard run and a pair of Eduardo Salmeron TD passes.
That set the stage for more heroics from Diaz, who scored a pair of fourth-quarter TDs and then killed off Southridge’s final scoring threat with an interception from his linebacker spot.
“He was outstanding,” said Southridge coach Tony Reiboldt, adding that Diaz also had a couple of big sacks. “He played his butt off.”
While the game was a nonleague contest, it still has playoff implications, with Sunnyside a possible factor in the playoff seeding for the Mid-Columbia’s 3A teams.
The victory lays the groundwork for some serious “game of the year” considerations — at least for this week — for the Suns’ showdown with Kennewick at Lampson Stadium to highlight the week-three matchups.
Richland: Heading into this week’s 26-20 win at Walla Walla, Richland coach Mike Neidhold stressed a need for the offensive line to step up and stomp on some would-be tacklers.
The Bombers rolled up more than 200 yards on the ground — not counting yards lost to sacks — against a defense with a pretty sound defensive line.
The beneficiary of that great line play — aside from Neidhold’s nerves — was Josh Phillips, who finished with 179 yards and two TDs, including a 50-yard score. In the process, he outperformed returning CBBN 4A rushing champion Jonah Hoe, who had 131 yards and two scores for Wa-Hi.
Hanford: It may not have mattered a lick if Hanford had been at full strength in Friday’s 28-7 loss to Kamiakin, not the way the Braves’ receivers were getting open on the outside.
Side note: K Perrin’s unofficial two-week start of 16 catches for 298 yards and five TDs is remarkable.
But Falcons fans will rest a lot easier knowing that two-way lineman and Division I recruit Joe Douglas is expected to be back in the lineup after injuring a knee in practice last week and missing Friday’s game. Also, top offensive lineman Will Ramos has missed two games now.