Jaime Cota (10) scrambles as he is forced out of
the pocket by Salpointe's defense. The Lancers won 35-10.
Sunnyside gives up
32-game local win streak
In reality, last night's football game between prep powerhouses
Salpointe Catholic and Sunnyside didn't mean much more than bragging
But those are rights that big, strong Salpointe will gladly accept.
The Class 5A Lancers picked apart the Class 4A Blue Devils' defense
to earn a 35-10 win in the season opener for both teams.
Lost along with the claim as the top team in the city is host
Sunnyside's 32-game win streak against local competition.
"We came mentally prepared, and we thought we could definitely
hang with them," said Salpointe senior wide receiver Evan LeBlanc,
who caught two touchdown passes.
The Lancers came into the game with a running-based plan of attack
but quickly realized it wasn't going to work.
No need to worry.
With a huge offensive line in front of him, Salpointe quarterback
Tyler Graunke had plenty of time to throw.
Graunke completed 8 of 12 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns.
"I've got my receivers, and they are so reliable, I can just
throw to them whenever I want," Graunke said.
That was disturbing to Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez because
Graunke wasn't far off the truth. The Blue Devils' usually stalwart
defense left one Lancer receiver after another wide open.
"Hey, they're tough," Sanchez said. "They came to
play. Our kids were a little shell-shocked. Everything that could have
gone wrong went wrong today. You can't do that against a quality
Before Sunnyside knew it, it was down 21-0, courtesy of Graunke. He
hit Jack Darlington for a 65-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
In the second, Graunke found LeBlanc on a 3-yard score, and four
minutes later he hit Rocco Bene for a 66-yard scoring pass.