2017 Spring/Summer Football Letter

Dear Braves,
I first wanted to welcome each of you to the Kamiakin Brave's Family. I hope you are
excited about being a Brave. I know we are excited about having you join the Brave
Family. The students at Kamiakin represent some of the finest young individuals in our
community. Tradition has been set by all former Braves and now it is your turn to leave
your legacy.


Studies show that the more students are involved in extra-curricular activities, the greater
success the students have in academics. We encourage all students to participate in as
many activities as possible at Kamiakin. The friends and experiences you will gain will
help prepare you in life after high school.


With this in mind, I am officially inviting each of you to join Our Brave Football Family
and help build upon the success and traditions that have been established by many great
alums of Kamiakin. If you are interested, here are some important information and dates.
I look forward to working with each and every one of you.


Parent Meeting:
We will have a spring football meeting at the beginning of May. We will go over
all spring and summer football activities. This is a mandatory meeting for both parents
and players. Please make plans to attend. Please check the football website in April.
If you are interested in buying your own helmet, we will have a sales rep at this meeting
to size and fit each player. This helmet you purchase will be yours the entire 4 years at Kamaikin.

Football Website:
www.kamiakinfootball.com
- Please check this weekly for updates on spirit pack orders, calendars, practice
times and summer team camp information.


Spirit Packs:
All football shorts, socks, decals, sweatshirts, shorts, etc will be available for
purchase at the following website. Please note that we will ship all orders at one time in
June. All players must have black shorts and red practice jerseys. More info coming.


Twitter: FBkamiakin
- If you have a twitter account, please follow me. I will send regular updates on
times and dates. This is an important tool in communicating with you. This is the most
effective tool for me to communicate info.


Physicals:
- Please make sure your son's physical is up to date. This needs to be turned into
Coach Biglin in order to participate in spring athletics.


Team Camp:
- Team Camp will be from June 20th-23rd. Cost will be $300. We will attend one
day at Eastern Washington University Team Camp. This $300 will pay for spring
football, team camp, and Summer Athletic Conditioning. This is mandatory for all
football players. Please include a front and back copy of your child's insurance card.
This is important and required. All fees and paperwork must be turned in in ordered to
pick up your gear. You can turn the forms into Kamiakin (attn.: Coach Biglin).


Spring Practices:
- Spring practice for football will begin May 30th. I am finalizing our calendar. I
will post to our website and twitter page as soon as I have it finalized. We only get 13
spring practices including team camp. It is important that you attend every session. If
you have another sporting event, please talk with your coach and try to make some of
the practice. We will do everything we can to accommodate all athletes.


Clearance Packet:
- You can print of a copy of the clearance packet at the following address:
http://kamiakin.ksd.org/
Go to the athletics tab, and then click on forms. Print the sports clearance packet and the
football safety guidelines form. These need to be turned in with your camp registration
prior to gear pick up. You cannot practice without these forms.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me
or call 222-7000

2017 Spirit Pack

Kamiakin’s Borisch among AP state football players of the year

Kamiakin senior quarterback Zach Borisch, who led the Braves to their first state football championship, is The Associated Press Class 3A state player of the year.Sports writers and editors from around the state participated in the vote, which was compiled via a point system with five points for a first-place vote, four points for second, three points for third, two points for fourth and one point for fifth.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (all classifications)

1. Jack Colletto, QB, sr., Camas. 68 points.

2. Zach Borisch, QB, sr., Kamiakin. 25 points.

3. Andrew Vargas, RB, sr., Chiawana. 19 points.

4. Kaden Jenks, QB, sr., Royal. 17 points.

5. Foster Sarell, OL, sr., Graham-Kapowsin. 16 points.

6. Cade Otton, TE/LB, sr., Tumwater, 14 points.

7. Connor Wedington, RB, sr., Sumner, 13 points.

8. Brigham Whitby, OL/DL, sr., Richland. 12 points.

9. Anfernee Gurley, WR/DB, sr., Archbishop Murphy. 11 points.

10. Connor Johnson, QB, sr., Archbishop Murphy. 8 points.

 

Defense wins Kamiakin first state championship

For players and coaches alike, winning the state title was a surreal experience.

“Six years ago, when we got smoked in the finals, it just... it’s so hard to get back here,” Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said. “When we went on our run this year, it was like ‘okay, something could happen, you never know.’ And now, here we are.

“It’s a tremendous feeling. Other than when my kids were born... this is a pretty good day.”

Kamiakin spent the entire season letting its high-flying offense do the talking, but Saturday’s game moved a bit slower.

Neither side could move the ball in the first half as the teams combined for just 143 yards, but the Fighting Irish (13-1) changed that early in the second half. O’Dea got the ball after halftime at its 21-yard line and used consecutive runs of 43 and 20 yards by Jamyn Patu to put the game’s first points on the board.

Thanks to Kamiakin’s first three possessions of the second half ending in turnovers (interception, downs, fumble) O’Dea had several great opportunities to extend its lead, but the Braves’ defense kept it from capitalizing, ending three Irish drives deep in Kamiakin territory.

Meanwhile, Kamiakin only needed to hit on two plays to make its only scoring drive in regulation. It started with Borisch hitting running back Jethro Questad on a swing pass out of the backfield that got the Braves out near midfield. Two plays later, Borisch hit Moore on a deep out route that tied the game at 7-7 with 4:24 to play.

“We had to do something special,” Borisch said. “They’re a good defense, and we had to come up with a special play. Darreon had a great route, he got open, and I just gave him the mail and we knew he was going to take it to the house.”

On the play, wide receiver Champ Grayson made a block around the O’Dea 20-yard line that sprung Moore for the touchdown. The effort didn’t go unnoticed by Moore on his way by for the score.

“If it wasn’t for Champ, I don’t know, this could have been a whole different game,” Moore said. “I thank him for everything.”

Even after the huge momentum swing, O’Dea appeared to be making its championship-winning drive as it marched 69 yards in 11 plays, eating more than four minutes off the clock, and setting up Stephen Powell — who was 0-for-2 in field goals at that point — with a potential game-winning 20-yard attempt. The kick looked good off Powell’s foot, but a Kamiakin player in the middle of the scrum got his hand on it and pushed it just right of the target to send the game into overtime.

Kamiakin took the ball first in overtime, and after a defensive holding penalty on third-and-10 gave the Braves a free first down, Borisch dashed off right tackle and followed his blockers for 15 yards for the eventual game-winning score.

“That run had nothing to do with me, that was all my line, all my receivers on the outside blocking on the edge that coach Nick (Thomas) preaches every week,” Borisch said.

O’Dea was unable to make a first down on its overtime possession, with a surge of Kamiakin defenders coming up the middle to stop running back Mark Tafia on the game-ending, fourth-and-1 stand.

“We just had the will to push through,” Moore said. “Fourth-and-1, for state, you know we’ve got to put everything on the line. That’s what we did.”

Kamiakin stops O’Dea in overtime to win first state football title in school history

The Braves became the first team from east of the Cascades to win the Class 3A state football title since 1999, ending O’Dea’s bid to win its first state crown since 1995.

TACOMA — It’s easy to forget about Eastern Washington.

There’s the finicky mountain pass during the winter months and its endless sunny days during the summer that sometimes makes it seem so otherworldly from the western side of the state. It’s even worse when it comes to Class 3A football.

Since the turn of the century, no team east of the Cascades had won the Class 3A state title.

Kamiakin ended the drought on Friday night at the Tacoma Dome. With a 14-7 overtime win against top-ranked O’Dea, the Braves will travel back across the mountain pass with the football program’s first state championship. It’s also the first for the town of Kennewick.

“I’m living in a fantasy right now,” said Kamiakin quarterback Zach Borisch, who ran in the winning touchdown in overtime.

The Braves received help in OT from a 10-yard defensive penalty on O’Dea, placing the ball at the 15-yard line.

Kamiakin then capitalized when Borisch ran to his right and skimmed the pylon for a15-yard score.

O’Dea had its chance to counter, also starting at the 25-yard line according to high-school overtime rules. But Irish junior Jamyn Patu scrambled for a loss of 19 yards on first down.

His teammates managed to regain the yardage and got to fourth-and-one. Sophomore Mark Tafia was stopped at the line of scrimmage, sending Kamiakin into a frenzied celebration.

Braves coach Scott Biglin announced he’s retiring this season after 39 years coaching at the school.

“Once I realized that we stopped them, I broke down,” Biglin said, tearing up again. “It just hit me. It’s funny, this season I wasn’t reading stats. I wasn’t in to all of that, just smelling the roses each day. It’s been an honorable year for me to be with these kids.”

The teams combined for nine first downs in a scoreless opening half.

Patu didn’t find a gap in Kamiakin’s defense until the third quarter, breaking loose for 47 yards with 8:48 on the clock. He scored a 20-yard touchdown run on the next play to give the Irish a 7-0 lead.

Kamiakin found an answer late in the fourth quarter with a 53-yard touchdown pass from Borisch to Darreon Moore with 4:24 left in the game. Borisch completed 12 of 27 passes for 172 yards.

O’Dea had a chance to win at the end of regulation but missed a 29-yard field goal as time expired.

“We made a lot of adjustments at halftime and had to play for each other,” O’Dea senior defensive lineman Doug Russell said. “They (Kamiakin) just wanted a little more than we did and prepared a little harder.”

O’Dea’s quarterback troubles played a part in its inability to run the ball in the opening half. It played with fourth-string quarterback Emonte Scott, a 6-foot sophomore, due to injuries.

The Eastside has been shutout of the championship game the past five years. Kamiakin was the last, losing to Bellevue in 2010.

O’Dea hasn’t won a state title since 1995 and was last in title game when it lost to Bellevue in 2011.