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.”

Jeff Morrow: 509-582-1508; ; Twitter: @morrow_jeff

Jon Allen - Kamiakin Cornerstone

By Kevin Anthony, Herald staff writer

It's a play so common at Kamiakin football games that it's easy to lose perspective of how rare it is.

A basic run to the left -- a sweep or something in the guard-tackle gap. The right tackle pinches down, maybe the guard pulls to get an extra blocker up in the hole to take on the linebacker.

No reason in the world to account for the backside defensive end, who if he's any good will have to wait a tick to make sure nothing is breaking back his way before pursuing down the line.

No chance he's going to make the play.

But then it happens: No. 40 in Kamiakin's red or black, tearing down the line of scrimmage behind the offensive linemen, getting an arm into the ball carrier's legs as he hits the hole.

Often he makes the tackle. Sometimes he just disrupts the play and the linebackers clean it up.

Either way, for the rest of the day the offense will account for Jon Allen ... every play.

"It should stop, but I'm amazed every time," said Kamiakin head coach Scott Biglin. "He's 5-9, 170 pounds (listed at 5-11 and 180), but he takes on those big ol' guys and plays like he's 6-5 and 250. He's the best defensive player I've ever seen play in high school. Ever.

"If he was 6-3 and 240, he's Pac-10."

No, Allen is not 6-3 and 240. Truth be told, he's probably not 5-11 and 180. But no player in the Tri-Cities has had as big an impact as the Kamiakin senior.

The best player on perhaps the state's best defense, Allen will need to be on his game today when his Braves take on two-time defending state champion Bellevue in the 3A title game at 4 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome.

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Cougars stopped cold

KENNEWICK - Capital coach J.D. Johnson refused to play the what-if game.

The Cougars played Saturday’s 3A state semifinal football game against fellow unbeaten Kamiakin without senior Tyler Sundberg, the state’s leading rusher with more than 2,400 yards.

The result was a 45-18 loss to the Braves at snowy Lampson Stadium, but Johnson wouldn’t use the excuse of being without The Olympian’s All-Area Player of the Year, who suffered a strained ligament in his right calf during last week’s quarterfinal win over O’Dea.

“It can’t all be on one guy,” Johnson said. “Our other guys didn’t make plays. This is a semifinal game. You’ve got to make plays, and we didn’t. We didn’t block well up front, and we dropped several balls.”

Johnson also emphasized all the positives in the Cougars’ 12-1 season.

“We beat O’Dea twice. We beat Olympia in the Spaghetti Bowl. We beat Lakes, which also reached the semifinals,” he said, ticking off the team’s accomplishments. “We did a lot of great things. This one will sting a lot, but we’ll move forward.”

Sundberg’s absence was a well-kept secret, even though Johnson knew all week he’d miss the game.

“I had no clue until their coach told me about 30 minutes before the game,” said Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin. “Without their playmaker, it makes things easier for us, but we knew we would still have our hands full. They’re not 12-0 just because of him.”

In Sundberg’s place stepped sophomore Kai Van Sickle, who did a credible job, gaining 89 yards on 22 carries.

“I felt a lot of pressure,” Van Sickle said. “Tyler does some amazing stuff. He’s one of the best running backs I’ve ever seen.”

But the Cougars clearly missed Sundberg’s experience and vision reading the holes against a quick and physical Kamiakin defense that allowed only 233 yards of total offense.

“Their speed surprised us,” Van Sickle said. “They looked a lot different on film than they did in person. They are a very fast team, and they flowed to the ball well. They got the job done.”

Capital trailed 28-18 late in the third quarter after Roman Vern scored on a 7-yard counter play for the Cougars.

But the Braves (13-0) answered quickly to put the game away and earn a spot in their first title game since 1995.

They will be seeking their first title when they meet two-time defending champion Bellevue at 4 p.m. Friday at the Tacoma Dome.

Kamiakin needed just three plays to get back on the board after Vern’s score, with Zac Umemoto galloping 29 yards for a touchdown 35 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Then, after forcing a three-and-out, the Braves scored on their first play, with quarterback Joey Jansen keeping on the option and racing 35 yards untouched into the end zone.

It was one of nine times the Braves started a drive in Capital territory during the game. They scored on five of them.

“Our defense was pinned on a short field the whole game,” Johnson said. “They’re an explosive team, and when you put your defense’s back against the wall like that, you can’t have that.”

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