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  • NEWS
  • Led by freshman Altahir, Kamiakin rallies to take down Kennewick

    By Jeff Morrow
    October 14, 2017 1:16 PM

    And so it was that a freshman named Tuna shall lead them.

    Kamiakin's football team found itself in a tight battle Friday night against the visiting Kennewick Lions, holding just a 14-12 lead at intermission.

    Braves coach Scott Biglin let his team — which lost a 33-0 showdown at Richland the previous week — have it in the locker room during the drawn out Homecoming halftime at Lampson Stadium.

    "We put it on the seniors," Biglin said. "They've got to start leading if we're going to get to the playoffs. We challenged them."

    And the Braves did rise to the challenge.

    But it was running back Tuna Altahir — a 5-foot-11, 170-pound freshman — who really took Biglin's words to heart.

    His 48-yard touchdown scamper on Kamiakin's first offensive play of the second half gave the Braves the cushion they needed en route to a 35-12 Mid-Columbia Conference victory.

    In fact, Altahir did some serious damage, rushing 23 times for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

    "He's pretty good," Biglin said. "He's got a lot more to learn. He missed some reads. But he just turned 15 (Thursday). He's got that natural ability we all wish we had. Unfortunately (senior running back) Talmage (Jacobsen) went down (with a shoulder injury earlier this season). We knew that means next man up in this league."

    Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article178924721.html#storylink=cpy

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  • Kamiakin D steps up, shuts out Hanford

    By Dustin Brennan \

    September 29, 2017 10:21 PM

    For the first four weeks of the season, the Kamiakin High School football team mostly relied on its dynamic offense to lead the way to an undefeated start.

    But Friday night was a little different, as the Braves used a consistently punishing defensive effort to shut out the Hanford Falcons 30-0 at Lampson Stadium and move to a perfect 5-0 in their state title defense campaign.

    “Sometimes the defense has to pick you up, sometimes it’s the offense,” Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said. “Offensively, we were missing on a few things that we’d like to capitalize on, but that’s a really good football team over there. That score doesn’t indicate how close this game really was.”

    Linebacker Parker Larson seemed to be in the middle of everything Kamiakin (5-0, 3-0 MCC) was doing defensively, unofficially registering two sacks and a tackle for loss in the first half alone, and Champ Grayson picked off Hanford quarterback Garrett Horner twice — both almost immediately after Grayson had fumbled on punt returns. And the Braves’ defensive backfield shut down a potentially dangerous Falcons receiving core, allowing the wide outs to gain just 29 yards on five catches.

    “Overall, I think the defense played really well,” said Larson, the younger brother of first team All-MCC linebacker Hayden Larson, who graduated from Kamiakin last year. “Our corners and DBs covered really well ... and they (Hanford) didn’t score, so we did our job.”

    While defense, for both teams, seemed to be the story, Kamiakin was able to find rhythm in a couple of spurts, as QB Payton Flynn completed 18 of 31 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns (with no interceptions) and Benson Smith caught six balls for 69 yards and two TDs, while also returning a kickoff for a score.

    After a scoreless first quarter, Kamiakin registered points in all three phases before halftime. It started when Flynn hit Smith with a 23-yard touchdown pass to cap a 4 1/2 -minute, 78-yard drive to open the scoring near the beginning of the second quarter. Then Dillon Crawford blocked a punt that went out of the back of Hanford’s end zone for a safety to make it 9-0, and Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards for a 16-0 game in the blink of an eye.

    Hanford (2-3, 1-2) showed some fight after halftime, driving 53 yards on its second possession before turning it over on downs, then forcing Kamiakin to go three-and-out. But Flynn capped the Braves’ first two drives of the fourth quarter with touchdown passes — the first 21 yards to Champ Grayson, the second finding Smith from five yards out for his third TD of the game — which essentially put a bow on the win.

    “I feel like physically we’re there,” Hanford coach Brett Jay said, “but mentally we’ve gotta keep believing that we can play with anybody, and be mentally tough enough to sustain drives.

    “But we’re closer. We just have to want to get over the hump. We’ll just get ready for the next game and keep ironing out the mistakes.”

    Jared DeVine led a Hanford rushing attack that was effective for most of the night, gaining 133 total yards on 25 touches. Drezdyn O’Daol gained 87 yards on his 12 touches.

    Despite winning its first state championship in school history last year — unless, that is, you count the 2010 championship that the WIAA vacated from Bellevue earlier this week — Kamiakin lost two regular season games.

    One of those losses was avenged two weeks ago, when the Braves beat Chiawana 26-20 in double overtime, which sets the stage for the matchup of the year in the MCC next week when Kamiakin takes on Richland — the 2016 Class 4A state runner-up — at Fran Rish Stadium.

    “It’s gonna be a hard battle,” Larson said. “But I think we’re going to come out on top. Defense is pretty strong, offense just needs to fix a few little details, and yeah, we’ll come out on top.”

    The Bombers beat the Braves 21-20 last year when Adam Weissenfels blocked an extra point by then-Kamiakin kicker Garrett Paxton that would have sent the game to a second overtime period. Unlike last year, both teams will roll into this Week 6 matchup with identical 5-0 records.

    “I think we’re doing well,” Smith said of the Braves’ chances heading into next week. “We’re almost there, and once we get good preparation, and once we really get firing on all cylinders, we’ll be able to do some good things.”

    Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article176304721.html#storylink=cpy

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  • Kamiakin backs run wild, Braves shut out Bulldogs

    By Dustin Brennan

    Unfazed by a double-overtime win over Chiawana a week ago, the Kamiakin High School football team rushed for more than 220 yards in a 59-0 blowout victory over the Pasco Bulldogs on Friday at Edgar Brown Stadium.

    Talmage Jacobson led the way for the Braves’ ground attack as he picked up 97 yards on his 14 carries and scored on two short runs in the first quarter. Freshman Tuna Altahir carried it seven times for 55 yards and scored his third touchdown of the season with 30 seconds remaining in the first half.

    Payton Flynn found Champ Grayson four times for 122 yards, including on two of his three touchdown passes. Flynn threw the ball only 13 times, but completed nine of those passes for 169 yards before yielding to Lucas Castilleja and the second-teamers in the second half.

    Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article175068146.html#storylink=cpy

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  • Kamiakin uses quick-strike attack in 49-13 win over Lewis and Clark

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    By Dustin Brennan -

    September 08, 2017 8:11 PM

    With some of the top player’s from last year’s state championship squad graduating, the Kamiakin High School football team was bound to have a different look this season.

    But one thing remains constant for coach Scott Biglin’s club: The Braves like to play fast.

    First-year quarterback Payton Flynn threw for 263 yards and four touchdowns — all in the first half — and Kamiakin averaged less than 70 seconds on each of its seven touchdown drives in a 49-13 victory Friday night over Lewis and Clark in the first game of a doubleheader at Lampson Stadium.

    Champ Grayson was involved in the passing game early and often for Kamiakin, catching six passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and Talmage Jacobson went for 109 yards on 19 rushes.


    While the end result couldn’t have been much better, the Braves committed many of the same early errors that nearly put them down by two touchdowns in the first quarter last week against Eastmont — before they rallied for a 35-6 victory.

    The team committed some big penalties in the early going, Flynn threw three picks in the first half and Grayson tried to pick up a first-quarter punt that was nearly downed, fumbled it, and set up Lewis and Clark’s first touchdown of the game. On the next play, Tigers quarterback Micah Flaherty hit Samuel Weldon for a 24-yard touchdown to tie it at 7-all with 4 minutes to go in the first quarter.

    “It wasn’t an absolute slow start, we scored on our first drive,” Biglin said, “but we shouldn’t be shooting ourselves in the foot. We’ve got seniors that ... are making some plays that they shouldn’t be making; late-hit penalties, fielding balls when we shouldn’t be fielding balls, just things that are out of the ordinary for us. And we’ve gotta fix those.”

    But the Braves recovered from there, with four TD passes by Flynn — two to Grayson — giving them a 35-13 advantage at the half that would never be threatened.

    “It’s like I told him (Flynn), when he first started out, he’s kind of holding back,” Biglin said. “He’s got a big-time arm, and he’s under-throwing things, it just kind of felt like he was holding back. And all of a sudden, he let it go, and you could see what he could do.”

    Freshman running back Tuna Altahir snapped off a 39-yard rush in the third quarter for Kamiakin, then — after a couple LC penalties extended the drive — punched in his second TD of the season on a 4-yard scamper. He finished the game with 52 yards on six carries.

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School Name*W-L*Pct.*PF*PAW-LPct.PFPAStrk
Richland5-01.000246347-01.000326637 W
Kamiakin4-10.800150656-10.857234841 W
Chiawana4-10.800205436-10.857259694 W
Hanford3-20.6001331094-30.5711811402 W
Southridge2-30.4001181873-40.4291622362 L
Walla Walla2-30.400721092-50.286721641 L
Kennewick0-50.000321791-60.143912075 L
Pasco0-40.000412120-70.000673377 L