Sunnyside's Jovan Stevenson is stopped by
Rincon/University Ian Theel  in the first quarter.
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Rangers unable to slow Devils
The past two weeks have been tough on Sunnyside High School,
but Friday's shutout victory over Rincon/University ended
the regular season on a positive note.
Quarterback Jamie Valdez started for Sunnyside (8-2, 1-2)
after sitting out last week's loss to Ironwood Ridge. He
completed 8 of 10 passes for 110 yards and ran for one
touchdown. Coach Richard Sanchez said Valdez was cleared to
play less than two hours before the game.
Sunnyside's defense highlighted the lopsided win by scoring
twice and blocking four punts. Rincon ends the season with a
4-6 overall record, 0-3 in the 5A Southern-B Region.
Up 7-0 at halftime, Sunnyside had three scores in the third
quarter, including two touchdown runs by running back Jovan
"(My game) wasn't exactly what I wanted to happen but it got
the job done," Stevenson said. "Everybody's counting us out
already so we tried to make a statement."
Sanchez congratulated his defense but said his team has to
play better if it wants to make a return trip to the Class
5A Division II state title game.
"It's a whole lot better going into the playoffs with a win,
but we still got a lot of work to do," Sanchez said.
Sunnyside bounces back