Tri-City HeraldOctober 9, 2014
Kamiakin showcased a balanced rushing attack Thursday night at Lampson Stadium as it rushed for seven touchdowns in a rout of its Mid-Columbia Conference rival Pasco Bulldogs.
Four different running backs found the end zone for the Braves in front of the home crowd as they pulled away in the second half to win 56-21.
Three of the touchdowns were run in by senior TJ Faamausili in the first half.
The former Bulldog set the tone with an 80-yard scamper in the first quarter that put his team up 14-0.
Pasco answered the bell after going down early behind the arm quarterback Kolby Killoy.
The junior hit Cole Kelley on a screen pass at the end of the first quarter and later connected with receiver Eric Orange on a 29-yard pass to bring his team within seven points.
However, the Braves marched down the field at the end of the first half and Faamausili capped off a 5-play, 54-yard drive with a 22-yard run on a pitch to put the his team up 28-14 at the half.
The Braves really never looked back.
With Faamausili sidelined for most the of the second half, Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin turned to a stable of backs to continue to run wild on the Bulldogs.
Juniors Mike Jones and Justin Larsen stepped in and helped lead the Braveson to three straight unanswered scoring drives.
Larsen started it off with a 2-yard run and Jones followed up with a 26-yard run that put the Braves up 42-21.
Jones then had a 39-yard touchdown run that put the game completely out of reach.
Pasco struggled to move the ball offensively in the second half and managed its only touchdown off a fumble the Bulldogs recovered at the Kamiakin 28-yard line.
The second-ranked offense in the MCC coming into Thursday night’s game was slowed down by a stout Kamiakin defense that was able to get pressure on Killoy and disrupt Orange in the second half.
Biglin had his backup quarterback take a knee as his team threatened to score again to close the game.
The Braves bounced back after a tough loss last week to defending state champion Chiawana.
The win moved the team to 4-2 on the year overall and 3-1 in the MCC.
The Bulldogs have now dropped three in a row after starting out the year 2-1.
Kamiakin hosts Hanford next week and Pasco is scheduled to take on Richland.
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