The Pioneers fall just short in their first game of the season against the Foxes

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy receiver Colton Gorski eludes a Silverton defender.

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SILVERTON— Despite a late-game rally, Sandy couldn't pull off the upset against Silverton in their season opener on Friday night.

Sandy quarterback Tyler King hit Glynne McGaughey in the endzone for an 11-yard score with 1:03 left to cut the lead to six, but the Pioneers failed to recover the ensuing onside kick as they would eventually fall to the Foxes by a score of 23-17.

King led the way for Sandy with two touchdowns through the air in his first start as the Sandy signal-caller. Levi Nielsen highlighted the scoring for the Foxes with a pair of passing touchdowns as well as a rushing score.

Even though it ended in defeat, Sandy head coach Joe Polamalu felt like his team was able to get several things accomplished in their first non-conference contest.

"We wanted to get a lot of kids playing time and get younger guys some more experience. One of our main goals is to go into conference healthy and to get things accomplished," Polamalu said. "We made some mistakes tonight, but a lot of that was due to the fact that Silverton is a very good football team that tests you in all aspects."

Sandy will finish out their non-conference slate by playing host to Madison next Friday at 7 p.m.

Look for the full version in the Sept. 6 print edition.

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