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Knights are league champs

The Sunnyside Christian football team gathers for a team photo after winning last night’s league championship game, 78-42, over Garfield-Palouse.

Tamra Marsh/special to The Daily Sun
The Sunnyside Christian football team gathers for a team photo after winning last night’s league championship game, 78-42, over Garfield-Palouse.

— In what’s been their typical fashion, the Sunnyside Christian Knights football team got an early foothold on last night’s game.

On their way to winning the league championship title, the Knights opened the game with 40 points in the first quarter, and the defense held the Garfield-Palouse Vikings to 12.

Sunnyside Christian entered the game with a 9-0 record. They are tied for No. 1 in the Associated Press 1B polls with Odessa-Harrington. In the MaxPreps rankings, the Knights are No. 1 in the state and No. 50 national 8-man polls.

The Vikings had 12 votes in the Associated Press rankings.

“We stopped them (the Vikings) on the first drive and shut down their best player,” Knights coach Jeremy Thomas said.

Sunnyside Christian continued to press the Vikings in the second quarter, outscoring them 24-6 for a 64-18 halftime score.

“They got us on a couple good plays,” Thomas said.

In the third quarter, the Knights kept the momentum going and scored another two touchdowns.

The Vikings got into the end zone just once, ending the third quarter with a 78-26 deficit.

The Knights settled in and the younger players took over in the final stanza. They didn’t punch it into the end zone.

Garfield-Palouse, however, scored two more touchdowns in the final quarter. But, it was too little, too late.

The Knights secured the 78-42 victory.

Statistics from the game weren’t available, but Thomas said the third quarter began with an 80-yard touchdown by Kyler Marsh.

“He had quite a few breakthrough runs,” Thomas said.

He said the varsity played a string on offense and one on defense at the start of the third stanza. But, he decided to let the JV take over.

A few of others making it into the end zone for the Knights were Lane Marsh, Luke Wagenaar and Lucas Dykstra.

Sunnyside Christian will compete next Friday against the winner of tonight’s Pateros versus Columbia River Hunters game.

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