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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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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