When you’re in a track meet, it doesn’t pay to have too many missteps.
The Kamiakin Braves faced an offensive mirror image in their matchup with Lakes of Lakewood on Saturday afternoon in the Class 3A state football playoffs. And as expected when two big-play offenses are on the field, the touchdowns came easy at Lampson Stadium.
But as the game went deeper into the second half, the Braves had trouble staying on schedule thanks to numerous penalties and a stiff Lakes pass rush. The result was a 53-34 loss to the Lancers, ending Kamiakin’s season in the first round of the state playoffs.
“They’re a good team, and you just can’t allow them to do what they did,” Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said after his team finished the season 8-3.
What Lakes did was make its share of big plays, get big production from quarterback Jaiave Magalei (120 yards rushing, 3 TDs; 275 passing, 2 TDs) and get a ton of pressure on Kamiakin quarterback Zach Borisch. The super-nimble Borisch was sacked six times — four by defensive end/receiver Chris Hunter — and hit hard numerous other times.
After rushing for 100 yards on 10 carries in the first half — including a 43-yard run to set up Kamiakin’s third touchdown — Borisch lost 7 yards on nine carries in the second half, with minus-44 yards on sacks.
“They got in some long-yardage situations, and we got ahead, and they had to throw,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “We knew that’s not where they want to be.”
Kamiakin scored on its first possession to open the third quarter, a 27-yard connection from Borisch to Darreon Moore in the back of the end zone. That pulled the Braves within 34-27, but Lakes (9-2) reached the end zone on three consecutive possessions, the last coming with 6:30 left in the game for an insurmountable 26-point lead.
Both teams’ game-breaking ability was on display almost from the start.
Magalei scored on a 66-yard run midway through the first quarter, his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame somehow able to run away from Kamiakin’s speedy defense.
The Braves answered on the next snap. Running back Jethro Questad broke through the first level of the Lancers’ defense to find nothing but open turf for a 77-yard gallop to the end zone.
Kamiakin took its only lead on its next possession, capped by Isaiah Brimmer’s leaping catch over a defender on a 31-yard touchdown. Brimmer added a 10-yard toe-tapper for a score in the second quarter.
Questad ran for 138 yards on 16 carries, and the Braves racked up 245 on the ground and 480 total. Borisch was 13-for-25 passing for 203 yards with four TDs. Benson Smith caught seven balls for 107 yards and a touchdown, all in the second half.
For Lakes, not only did Hunter have those four sacks, but he also caught nine passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Bostic ran for 93 yards on 26 carries, giving the Kamiakin defense two threats to track on every snap.
The two teams combined for 1,015 yards of offense.
Flags were flying
Both teams were hit with a double-load of laundry as the officials whistled Kamiakin for 111 yards on 12 penalties and Lakes 143 on 16. Add in offsetting, declined and multiple fouls on the same play, and there were close to 40 yellow hankies and a few hats thrown on the turf.
The difference: Lakes had better success making sizable gains on first-and-15 or 20 to get back on schedule, while the Braves struggled and too often found themselves facing long yardage on second and third downs.
L — Jaiave Magalei 66 run (Kevin Lee kick)
K — Jethro Questad 77 run (kick failed)
K — Isaiah Brimmer 31 pass from Zach Borisch (Garrett Paxton kick)
L — Chris Hunter 13 pass from Magalei (Lee kick)
L — Yisrael Stephens 18 run (kick failed)
K — Brimmer 10 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)
L — Magalei 9 run (Lee kick)
L — Magalei 2 run (Lee kick)
K — Darreon Moore 27 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)
L — Elijah McMillon 3 run (kick blocked)
L — Cale Lindsay 4 pass from Magalei (pass failed)
L — Stephens 3 run (Lee kick)
K — Benson Smith 7 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)
RUSHING — L, Magalei 16-120, Andrew Bostic 26-93, Stephens 7-44, McMillon 2-3. K, Questad 16-138, Borisch 19-93, Austin Crawford 2-19. Team 1-(minus 5)
PASSING — L, Magalei 18-30-0—275. K, Borisch 13-25-0—203, Peyton Flynn 1-1-0—32.
RECEIVING — L, Hunter 9-139, Lindsay 3-29, Bostic 2-29, Stephens 1-38, Dedrian Milligan 1-19, Zarrion Hill 1-13, Maika Magalei 1-8. K, Smith 7-107, Brimmer 4-74, Moore 2-31, Mike Jones 1-23.
FIRST DOWNS — L 24, K 20. PENALTIES-YARDS — L 16-143, K 12-111. FUMBLES-LOST: L 0-0, K 2-2.