Kamiakin's White leads All-Area football team

By Jack Millikin, Herald staff writer

KENNEWICK -- It shouldn't be long before Tim White begins establishing himself at the next level.

In fact, Kamiakin's electrifying receiver/return man/cornerback is about to make his first official recruiting visits to Washington State and Central Washington University, his top two choices so far.

But even after he embarks on his next big step, the 6-foot senior won't ever forget the year he had during the Braves' dramatic run to the 3A state title game. Neither will the Tri-Cities community.

Even though there's still a tinge of regret after a 38-0 loss to Bellevue in the championship, White -- the Tri-City Herald's All-Area Most Valuable Player -- remembered that in the end it's not always about winning.

"Looking back, I wish we could have made things happen a little differently. ... I've thought about it every day since it happened," White said. "But I'm still proud of the guys I played with. I wouldn't want to be on any other team than this one.

"I want to thank all the players for letting me have the best four years of my life."

And what an amazing four years they were. White's numbers exploded under coach Scott Biglin, and he developed into one of the most dangerous playmakers on the field. In three varsity seasons, White caught 131 passes for 2,070 yards and 23 touchdowns.

And sadly for his opponents, he rarely left the field, playing offense, defense and special teams.

"It was exhausting. Sometimes, I would get a break as a receiver, but it didn't happen very often," White said.

This season he caught 34 passes for 658 yards and 10 touchdowns, but a lot of his value was taking pressure away from his teammates, who hauled in 26 more passes for scores from quarterback Joey Jansen.

White also added a pair of defensive touchdowns on interception returns, but perhaps his most significant contribution this season was on special teams, where he returned 25 punts for just under 700 yards -- nearly 28 yards a return -- and five touchdowns.

In fact, teams would kick the ball away from White on special teams, choosing instead to face Kamiakin's offense, which ranked No. 1 in the CBBN at 7.7 yards a play.

He even threw for two touchdowns this year.

"He kind of made us go. He was a special kid," Biglin said. "You've got to have those guys to take you over the top. A lot of people said he had a down year, but to me it was phenomenal that he made the catches he did."

Biglin had a phenomenal season himself, earning coach of the year honors in his second season with the Braves. The Pasco graduate and former Whitworth quarterback stepped in and earned the trust of his players and coaches, getting them to buy into his spread offense.

After that it was just a matter of how far the team would go.

"Any time you get awards like coach of the year, it has a lot to do with the people around you," Biglin said. "I feel like we're the hardest working staff in the business. There were 12 coaches out there pulling their weight, and I'm just one of 12."

White was one of six repeat first-team selections, getting the nod as a receiver, defensive back and kick returner for the second consecutive year. Joining him for the second consecutive season were Connell running back Matt Hadley, Chiawana linebacker Nick Vincent, Walla Walla punter Matt Watson, Kennewick quarterback Drew Loftus (as the all-purpose player) plus Braves teammate and defensive end Jon Allen.

Kamiakin locked up 10 spots on the first team to lead area squads. Other Braves picks were quarterback Joey Jansen, offensive lineman Tanner Meier, kicker Garrett Bowe, defensive back Shad Fletcher and linebackers Drew Oord and Zach Umemoto.

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Kamiakin uses 4 running backs to beat Pasco

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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Kamiakin players salute Wolverines

TACOMA -- The Kamiakin Braves defense didn't underestimate Bellevue coming into the Class 3A state championship game Friday, but they sure weren't expecting what hit them.

The Wolverines used a punishing ground game to chew up the clock, yards and the scoreboard in a 38-0 victory for their eighth state title in the last 10 seasons at the Tacoma Dome.

"We've never seen this kind of offense," junior Drew Oord said. "With their size and athleticism, it was tough for us."

Running a wing-T, the Wolverines used misdirection plays to give Kamiakin fits all night.

Right from the get go, Bellevue took the ball 80 yards on 10 plays to open the scoring less than five minutes into the game.

"That first series, I think we were too amped up," junior Joe Hunt said. "We weren't playing assignment football, but we settled down. We know we can play with them, it just wasn't our night."

The Braves defense did stiffen, holding Bellevue to a field goal on its second possession and had the Wolverines in a fourth-and-short trailing 10-0 on Bellevue's third series, but Latrelle Dukes went untouched up the middle and scored from 56 yards out.

"We matched them in the third and fourth series," Kamiakin defensive coordinator Tim Maher said, "but we blew an audible and they executed.

"They were good. They were all and more than they were billed to be. It was pretty much the offense we expected it to be, but I'm not sure we expected it to be so physical."

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Riverhawks Best Kamiakin in week 5

Tri-City HeraldOctober 3, 2014

Chiawana running back Austin Urlacher put on a show so mesmerizing Friday night, he was given credit by the public address announcer at Edgar Brown Stadium for throwing a touchdown pass.

Sorry about that, Logan Ellsworth. You eventually got credit for it, but no one could blame the PA announcer either.

Urlacher carried the football 26 times for 303 yards and three touchdowns to lead the host Riverhawks over Kamiakin 31-14 in a key Mid-Columbia Conference football game.

“He’s a hell of a running back,” Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said. “He’s just a tough guy, and he’s strong.”

Chiawana coach Steve Graff said the key for Urlacher, a senior, is simple.

“He runs hard,” Graff said. “He has great balance. His forward lean is so good.”

And because of that lean, Kamiakin tacklers had a tough time wrapping him up on first contact. Urlacher was so good at breaking tackles, that at least half of his yards might be attributed to after he breaking those tackles.

“I like my balance and vision,” said Urlacher when asked about his attributes. “And experience.”

Urlacher was part of a 1-2 running punch that last year’s 4A state champions had, as he shared the carries with then-senior Clifton Lozano.

The comparisons between this year’s team and last year’s are starting to come.

“I think in some areas we are stronger than we were last year,” said Urlacher. “But we’re not state champs (this year) and we still have a lot of work to do.”

Urlacher missed last week’s game against Southridge (a 40-0 verdict) because of a bruised shin suffered the week before in a win over Richland. Even by missing a week, Urlacher felt out of shape on Friday.

His first carry went for 29 yards. He had four more carries on that first offensive possession, including two 10-yard runs — the latter scoring the game’s first touchdown.

But on the team’s next series, the referee forced him off the field.

“I was throwing up out there,” Urlacher said. “I thought I’d be OK, but then I did it again. He said to me ‘You gotta go.’ A lot of it had to do with nerves. But missing a week didn’t help.”

He felt out of shape. Hard to believe for a guy who put together enough offensive yards to make most team’s total offensive outputs seem paltry.

After Urlacher scored the 10-yard TD run, he added a 74-yard scoring romp in the second quarter, and then a 53-yarder in the third.

The Riverhawks defense had another strong game, giving up just two scores — one a 38-yard Tyson Patten to Jace Naveras TD pass. But for the most part, the Braves were out of this game by halftime.

“Throughout this week we put in a lot of preparation for them,” said Chiawana defensive lineman Christian Penny, who had six tackles.

For Kamiakin, Biglin says his team better be ready to bounce back next week.

“We’ve got to compete,” said Biglin. “They flat-out came out at us. We have to bounce back. If you don’t come back you’re not much of a team. We just have to look forward and get better.”

Meanwhile, the Riverhawks don’t plan on letting up.

“There are no off days,” said Penny. “Every day is a focus day.”

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