Kamiakin loses to Lakes 53-34 in 3A state playoff game

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.

Big-play day

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.

Big numbers

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.

Lakes

14

20

6

13

53

Kamiakin

13

7

7

7

34

SCORING PLAYS

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)

STATISTICS

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.

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.