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."

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