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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.