Kamiakin punishes Pasco 42-12

PASCO -- Kamiakin's opening kickoff return -- a perfectly blocked 94-yard touchdown gallup by Jesse Houser -- was big.

Jason Hutchison's three touchdown passes of 48 yards or more was impressive.

Six touchdowns by six different players was a testament to the Braves' balanced offense.

But perhaps the most important aspect of Kamiakin's 42-14 CBBN 3A win over Pasco on Friday at Edgar Brown Stadium was this:

Drew Oord was back.

After serving a two-game suspension -- retroactive to last year's spring season -- for a violation of the student code, the Braves linebacker and fullback was in full seek-and-destroy mode against the Bulldogs.

When he wasn't making tackles (he led the team with eight), he was dishing out punishment on the kick return teams. When he wasn't firing out as a lead blocker for Zach Umemoto, he was carrying the ball himself.

And to add the finishing touches, he even scored Kamiakin's final touchdown on a 1-yard, third-quarter plunge.

"I was so excited to play. The whole day I couldn't really focus," said Oord, a two-way starter on the Braves' team that reached the 3A championship in 2010. "Sitting out was real tough. I felt more like I was letting the team down."

Braves Thump Chiefs

KENNEWICK -- Kamiakin may not have the flashy playmakers from a year ago, but that doesn't mean the Braves offense is any less impressive.

Junior quarterback Jason Hutchison made his home debut Friday in spectacular fashion and running back Zach Umemoto was strong once again, as the Braves ripped Moses Lake 37-21 in a nonleague matchup at Lampson Stadium.

"We don't have the big-play receivers, but we have a lot of players that do their job," Hutchison said. "We run the ball really well, and now we can go 50-50."

The Braves did a little bit of everything correctly offensively against Moses Lake, as Hutchison threw for four touchdowns and 210 yards. Umemoto chewed up 163 yards on the ground -- 121 in the second half -- and Jesse Houser added a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Braves Defeat Mustangs in Opener

Kamiakin 41, Prosser 12

By the Tri-City Herald

PROSSER -- Zach Umemoto ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns, Jason Hutchison threw for 222 yards and three more scores and the Kamiakin defense was up to old tricks in the season-opener for both teams at Art Fiker Stadium.

Hutchison, making his first varsity start, was 13-for-19 and hooked up with three different receivers for touchdowns. He also was picked off twice.

Kamiakin's defense, opportunistic during the Braves' run to the 3A championship game last season, turned in a pick-six when Andrew Castillo returned an interception 65 yards in the fourth quarter. The Braves also limited Prosser to just 20 rushing yards on 26 carries and 150 total yards.

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It’s a Brave new world for Kamiakin

Running back Jethro Questad (20), who led Kamiakin with 1,241 rushing yards last year, returns to the backfield for the Braves this season.