BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian
WASCO -- Terrance Grinner might be much-less heralded than fellow Wasco running back Isaiah Sharp.
But as Grinner proved on Friday night against Golden Valley, he's right there with his ultra-talented teammate when it comes to making big plays and getting the ball into the end zone.
Grinner, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior, rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns plus had an interception in leading the Tigers to an easy 48-6 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.
"Our linemen played really well and I just broke it," Grinner said. "I just ran hard...I watched some highlights earlier of (Kansas City Chiefs running back) Jamaal Charles and I felt like him so I just burst out and scored three touchdowns."
Sharp also played a big role in the win, carrying the ball 13 times for 223 yards and scoring three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving.
Grinner, who did all of his damage on just 11 carries, quickly staked the Tigers to a 14-0 lead with early first-quarter touchdown runs of 79 and 14 yards. He added an 89-yard scoring jaunt with 1:40 remaining in the first half, extending Wasco's advantage to 21-0.
The Tigers led 28-0 at halftime after Sharp broke free for an 88-yard TD just 35 seconds later, but they easily could have been up by much more. Wasco was stymied by 14 penalties for 124 yards and had one turnover prior to intermission.
The Tigers finished with 19 penalties for 159 yards
"I'm very pleased with the win," Wasco coach Rusvel Prado said. "I'm proud of the boys. They played hard. We got a ton of stuff to work on but I'm happy with their effort. They played for four quarters. I'm extremely happy with that."
Despite all of the flags, Wasco put the game out of reach with a pair of Sharp touchdowns and a 17-yards scamper into the end zone by quarterback Austin Sutton.
"We knew they were good when they're powerful and we don't see the double-wing (much)," Golden Valley coach Erich Smith said. "Not only that, but we expedited the situation with us turning the ball the wrong way on offense and just not being ready to play tonight."
Wasco out gained the Bulldogs 226-1 in the first quarter and 482-53 during the opening half.
The final yardage difference was 608-113, with most of Golden Valley's gains coming late in the game against Wasco's reserves.
"They controlled the line of scrimmage," Smith said. "They'll blow you back coming off the ball both offensively and defensively."