Kamiakin wallops Walla Walla 44-14 in MCC football

The key to a wake-up call is not the call itself. It’s how well you wake up once you hear it.

A week after a humbling loss to Richland, the Kamiakin Braves got another one against Mid-Columbia Conference foe Walla Walla.

When Blue Devils quarterback Mitch Lesmeister broke off a 64-yard screen pass to Noah Porter on their fourth play from scrimmage, it set up the first score of the game — a 3-yard run by Lesmeister — just 2 minutes, 5 seconds into the game.

“We were kind of pumped up on senior night and got caught in the moment,” said Braves senior defensive back/running back Gavin Crow, reflecting on the pregame ceremony that honored Kamiakin’s senior players. “(Walla Walla’s touchdown) was a wake-up call for us. Then we woke up and finished the job.”

The Braves certainly did, rolling up 34 points over the next three quarters to take control en route to a 44-14 MCC win Friday at Lampson Stadium.

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Richland tops Kamiakin 27-14 in battle of MCC unbeatens

Friday night was a case in point when the vaunted Kamiakin Braves offense met the daunting Richland Bombers defense at Fran Rish Stadium.

The Bombers forced five turnovers — two fumbles and three interceptions — and proved every bit worthy of their No. 6 ranking with a 27-14 home victory. If Richland continues to play like it did Friday, it could climb a lot higher in the state rankings.

What it also did Friday was assert itself as the frontrunner for the Mid-Columbia Conference championship — its first league title since 2008 — with a dominating effort that left Kamiakin fans and players shaking their heads in frustration.

Richland’s top-ranked defense held Kamiakin’s top-ranked offense to just 226 yards, all but 76 of that coming in second half after the Bombers had built a 20-0 lead.

Richland’s offense wasn’t too shabby, either, piling up 211 rushing yards — 101 of it from Lakota Wills and 90 from Kyle Whitby — and 187 passing yards from quarterback Paxton Stevens.

But the Richland defense was definitely the star, giving the Bombers short fields to work with while giving Kamiakin quarterback Zach Borisch the longest night of his marvelous season. Borisch finished 10-for-22 for just 71 yards and a touchdown. He also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble to set up Richland’s second score.

Actually, the ball wasn’t lost as much as ripped away by Bombers lineman John Hardy, who ran 49 yards to the Kamiakin 36-yard line to set up a 38-yard field goal by Ryan Wolski that made it 10-0 Richland.

Whitby made a big statement, too, with his play at running back and linebacker. The 5-foot-10 senior intercepted a second-quarter pass to set up Wolski’s second field goal and later capped a 98-yard, 15-play drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Kamiakin had several chances to make a game of it, but turnovers became the Braves’ worst enemy.

When it looked like they might finally break through on their first drive of the second half, Brecken Galliher picked off Borisch’s pass at the Bombers’ 2 to end the threat. After the Braves punched in their first score — a 54-yard run by Gavin Crow to cut the lead to 20-7 — they had a chance to cut the lead to six points, driving inside the red zone late in the third quarter.

But a sack by Wills and a fourth-down interception by Alex Chapman in the end zone stomped those hopes.

Chapman also scored Richland’s final touchdown, a 30-yard catch-and-run slant that put it up 27-7.

Kamiakin put one final touchdown on the board in the fourth quarter when Borisch found Darreon Moore for a 13-yard score.

Braves Crush Bulldogs 41-0

KAMIAKIN 41, PASCO 0: Zach Borisch passed for 221 yards and four touchdowns to lead the visiting Braves over the Bulldogs in an MCC game at Edgar Brown Stadium.

Borisch hit Gavin Crow for an 18-yard score to open the scoring.

Pasco had a chance to tie it when the Bulldogs recovered a Kamiakin fumble and returned it 70 yards. But the ball was fumbled at the Kamiakin 2 on the play and went out of the end zone for a touchback.

From there, the Braves took control.

Jethro Questad rushed for 125 yards and scored a TD. Crow added a 58-yard scoring run.

And Darreon Moore caught TD passes of 34 and 58 yards from Borisch. Moore finished with four catches for 122 yards.

Kaleb Ash led the Bulldogs with 96 rushing yards.

Kamiakin uses second-half surge to down Chiawana 35-7

Chalk this one up to 2015 technology — being able to watch film of the first half, which saw both teams struggle offensively to a scoreless tie.

Kamiakin came out after halftime and scored 28 third-quarter points and rolled to a 35-7 victory over Chiawana in a Mid-Columbia Conference contest Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

Whatever was said at halftine the Braves took it to heart.

“Offensively, we were timid,” Kamiakin’s Austin Crawford said. “We needed to get the harmony working in the second half. The defensie played well the whole game.”

After a scoreless first half, on their second offensive snap of the second half, Kamiakin’s Zach Borisch cionnected with Gavin Crow on a post over the middle and Crow caught the ball in stride and split the Riverhawk safties for a 69-yard touchdown.

Chiawana moved the ball to the Kamiakin 31 on its next possession but four straight incompletions turned the ball back over the the Braves.

From there Jethro Questad took over. Three Questad runs netted 35 yards and the fourth was 34 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 Kamiakin lead. Questad finished with 17 carries for 80 yards for the Braves.

After the Riverhawks went three and out on its next possession, it took Kamiakin just 39 seconds to score again when Borisch hit Logan Smith for a 9-yard touchdown and the Braves were cruising.

The final score of the quarter took just one play as Crow raced 48 yards on Kamiakin’s first offensive snap on its next possession.

“It wasn’t a matter of adjustments,” Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said about what the Braves did differently in the third quarter. “We looked at the film and they were kicking our butts. (Offensive line coach Gilbert) Marquez challenged them and they came out and executed.”

Kamiakin hade it 35-0 three plays into the fourth quarter when Borisch connected with Isaiah Brimmer on a 36-yard streak down the far side.

Reserves finished off the rest for Kamiakin, which is how Chiawana’s lone score came came late in the game when Andrew Vargas ripped off a 48-yard gian and finished it off with a 1 yard scoring run after that run.

Vargas finished with 113 yards on 28 carries.

Kamiakin stays unbeaten in Mid-Columbia Conference play at 3-0. Chiawana falls to 1-2 on MCC play.

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