Southridge unveiled it new offensive attack Friday night at Lampson Stadium in successful fashion.
The Suns used a ball control running game and a stout defensive effort in a 21-17 victory over visiting Moses Lake.
“These kids bought into the program,” Southridge coach Tony Reiboldt said. “We committed to a new offensive in the spring to give our kids the best chance to win.”
Reiboldt noted that if not for two big plays by Moses Lake’s Isaiah Thomas — a 98-yard TD return on the opening kickoff and a 45-yard scoring run in the second quarter, the Suns defense held the Chiefs in check.
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“The defense flew to the ball, and we controlled the game,” Reiboldt said.
The offense was able to play ball control the rest of the game using a strong running attack by Samuel Kori, Zayid Al-Ghani and Ricky Ayana.
After Thomas scored on the opening kickoff, the Suns answered with an 11-play drive to knot the score. The drive consisted of 10 runs followed by a 13-yard scoring pass from Mason Martin to tight end Cody Sturdefant. Sturdefant was wide open in the middle of the end zone against a Moses Lake defense looking for the run.
Southridge caused a turnover on Moses Lake’s next possession and capitalized when Noah Weber scored on a 5-yard spring around right end.
Moses Lake then tied the score when Thomas went up the middle and shed some tackles for his second touchdown of the game. Moses Lake’s Tanner Hasse connected on a 36-yard field goal with 45 seconds remaining in the half to take a 17-14 lead into the break.
Southridge scored the winning points midway through the third quarter as Kori broke off runs of 19 and 36 yards and scored on an 18-yard scamper. Anaya also had a 17-yard run during the drive.
Moses Lake never threatened again.
The Suns salted away the victory by playing ball control the whole fourth quarter.
Southridge held the ball for the first 7:07 to start the quarter but kicker Hunter Spiva missed a 43-yard field goal into a stiff wind.
Southridge converted a fourth-and-one as time ran out after the Chiefs turned the ball over on downs at midfield.
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