Kamiakin runs over Southridge 47-3

Tri-City HeraldSeptember 19, 2014

T.J. Faamausili couldn’t be happier for his former team, the Pasco Bulldogs, who recorded their second win in a row after 21 consecutive losses.

“I still have a lot of friends over there,” Faamausili said. “I’m real happy for their success.”

But he’ll stick with his hand now that he’s with the Kamiakin Braves, who rolled to a 47-3 Mid-Columbia Conference win over Southridge on Friday night behind Faamausili’s 139 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Faamausili, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior running back, scored Kamiakin’s first two touchdowns and added a third to open the second-half scoring as the Braves bounced back from a Week 2 loss in Hermiston.

“It was good to see us come back after last week. That was a physical game for us, and for us to respond the way we did against Southridge was nice,” Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said. “T.J. has gotten a lot better. In the springtime, he was still learning our system. At first he was slow to see the holes, but now he’s a hard runner. We’re glad he’s here.”

But he wasn’t the only Kamiakin running back to have a good night. Four Braves running backs got a chance to cross the goal line as Kamiakin totaled 312 yards on the ground.

“Those running backs killed it. Our running back play and offensive line play was so great tonight. That was the biggest push we’ve had all year,” Braves linebacker Tyler Herman said. “That was a nice win. I wouldn’t say we needed it, but we wanted to prove a point.”

Herman proved a point with the defensive play of the game early in the third quarter.

With Kamiakin leading 27-3, Herman blitzed hard around the left side of the Southridge line, tipping a pass from quarterback Jair Ealy-Thomas. The ball popped into the air and was grabbed by linebacker Tyler Johns at the Suns’ 8-yard line.

That set up the next score, an 8-yard touchdown run by Awad Kori to make it 34-3.

The Suns came in with some big-play capability, and they flashed it early on. Starting quarterback Conner Grigg threw deep to Brandon Zane down the left sideline, connecting on a 41-yard pass play — one of just five Southridge first downs.

But that was the only big play of the night for the Suns. Zane had a good night, finishing with three catches for 65 yards.

“I told them to keep fighting. Sometimes you get a win, and sometimes you take a loss, but it’s how you respond that defines you as a person,” said Southridge coach Tony Reiboldt, who watched his team fall to 0-3.

The Suns have been outscored 91-17 in their first three games.

Kamiakin got a big game from senior defensive back and receiver Jace Navejas, who returned a first-quarter punt 43 yards to the Southridge 26-yard line. That set up the Braves’ second score, an 18-yard run by Faamausili to make it 13-3.

Navejas then caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tyson Patten to make it 20-3 but was injured on the play. He did not return to the game.

Kamiakin, Chiawana dominate all-CBBN football

The CBBN all-league football teams came out Sunday, and the Tri-Cities swept all the big awards.

In the 4A ranks, Chiawana's Jordan Downing and Richland's Jake McKinney split the MVP. McKinney was a unanimous choice at running back, while Downing was first-team running back and unanimous at linebacker.

Chiawana's Nick Vincent was named the defensive player of the year and shared lineman of the year with Richland's Joey White.

Riverhawks quarterback Luc Graff was named offensive player of the year, and his dad, Steve Graff, is coach of the year.

Kamiakin dominated the 3A selections, though the one that got away was MVP, which went to Kennewick quarterback and defensive back Drew Loftus.

Tim White was named offensive player of the year for the Braves, and teammate Tanner Meier collected lineman of the year.

Kamiakin shared two awards: Jon Allen the defensive player of the year award with Eastmont's Ryan Pierce, and Scott Biglin the coach of the year with Eastmont's Doug McGill.

Class 3A

First team

Offense

OL -- Jesse Holm, sr., Eastmont(u); Tanner Meier, sr., Kamiakin(u); Tyler Morphin, sr., Kennewick(u); Adam Peters, sr., Sunnyside(u); Nolan Haehl, sr., Eastmont. WR -- Darren Spaeth, sr., Eastmont(u); Tim White, sr., Kamiakin(u); Brandon Search, sr., Pasco; Tyler Holle, sr., Kamiakin. qb -- Joey Jansen, sr., Kamiakin. QB -- Gerrick Andrews, sr., West Valley(u); Steven Monterrey, jr., Sunnyside; Dallin Palmer, sr., Southridge. AP -- Drew Loftus, sr., Kennewick. K -- Garrett Bowe, sr., Kamiakin(u). Return -- Tim White, sr., Kamiakin(u).

Defense

DL -- Noaln Haehl, sr., Eastmont(u); Jon Allen, sr., Kamiakin(u); Adam Peters, sr., Sunnyside; Tyler Morphin, sr., Kennewick. LB -- Drew Oord, jr., Kamiakin(u); Zach Umemoto, jr., Kamiakin(u); Berlie Walker, jr., Eastmont; Cody Rush, sr., Pasco. DB -- Ryan Pierce, sr., Eastmont(u); Drew Loftus, sr., Kennewick(u); Tim White, sr., Kamiakin; Shad Fletcher, sr., Kamiakin. P -- Tanner Meier, sr., Kamiakin.

MVP -- Drew Loftus, Kennewick.

Offensive lineman of the year -- Tanner Meier, Kamiakin.

Offensive POY -- Tim White, Kamiakin.

Defensvie POY -- Jon Allen, Kamiakin, and Ryan Pierce, Eastmont.

Coaches of the year -- Scott Biglin, Kamiakin, and Doug McGill, Eastmont.

Second team

Offense

OL -- Sean Clausen, jr., Kamiakin; Hector Jimenez, sr., Pasco; Austin Brinkworth, sr., Southridge; Jacob Sauileone, sr., Eastmont; Brandon Callahan, sr., Eastmont. WR -- AJ Henderson, sr., Southridge; AJ Griffiths, sr., Kamiakin; Bodie Simpson, so., Kennewick; Reed Jaspers, sr., Eastmont. QB -- Drew Loftus, sr., Kennewick. RB -- Cameron Wagar, sr., Hanford; Ryan Pierce, sr., Eastmont; Dom Davis, sr., Kamiakin. AP -- Tim White, sr., Kamiakin. Return -- Grant Woods, jr., Kennewick.

Defense

DL -- Joe Hunt, jr., Kamiakin; Nick Tidrick, sr., Pasco; Jesse Holm, sr., Eastmont; Tanner Meier, sr., Kamiakin. LB -- Trevor Powers, sr, Kamiakin; Zak Albertin, sr., Kennewick; Edgar Godina, sr., Eastmont; Jay Seabeck, sr., Eastmont. DB -- Cameron Wagar, sr., Hanford; Jon Sider, sr., Southridge; Trea Thomas, so., Eastmont; Trevor Osborn, sr., Eastmont. P -- Darren Spaeth, sr., Eastmont.

(u)--unanimous pick

Kamiakin heading to Tacoma

KENNEWICK -- Scott Biglin has called it an embarrassment of riches.

Throughout the season, the Kamiakin coach has watched his football team play all three phases of the game -- offense, defense and special teams -- better than its opponents. The usual result is the Braves putting the game away early in the second half and finishing with a running clock.

But on a cold and snowy Saturday afternoon at Lampson Stadium, the Braves needed every penny of their treasury to fight off the Capital Cougars and punch their ticket to Tacoma.

Joey Jansen threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Tim White had a hand in a pair of big plays, and the Kamiakin defense was at its brick-wall best in a 45-18 win over Capital in the 3A state semifinals.

"Amazing," said defensive end Jon Allen. "We knew we could do this. We knew we could get this far. The work paid off. We did it.

"We always dreamed of getting this far. We can do this."

"This is something," added lineman Tanner Meier, "since the eighth grade, we grew up talking about getting to state and winning state."

The Braves (13-0) will play in a state championship game for just the second time in the program's storied past. They will face Bellevue (12-1), the top program in the state. The Wolverines are the two-time defending champs and have won seven titles since 2001.

Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Friday in the comfy confines of the Tacoma Dome.

It took a massive effort for the Braves to reach their first final since 1995, and that was before kickoff. Some 80 volunteers -- school staff, parents, etc. -- took to the turf at Lampson on Saturday morning with snow shovels to clear some 9,400 square yards of snow.

The game itself required some heavy lifting by the Braves, with their 23-point margin hardly indicative of a game that was within 10 points heading into the final quarter. It would have been within a single touchdown if Capital (12-1) could kick an extra point.

It was a remarkable feat for the visitors from Olympia, who were playing without their star running back, Tyler Sundberg (2,475 yards, 29 TDs), who injured his calf in last week's close quarterfinal win over O'Dea and was never close to playing this week.

The Cougars had just answered another quick Kamiakin scoring drive -- three plays, 59 yards -- with a laborious, 14-play, 60-yard affair. They had to convert twice on third down and twice on fourth to pull within 28-18 in the waning moments of the third quarter.

The Braves came right back -- zip, zip, zip -- with Jesse Hauser taking the hit but holding on to Jansen's 30-yard strike over the middle. On the next play, Zack Umemoto burst another 30 yards up the middle for the quick score.



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Hermiston rolls to 28-7 win over Kamiakin

HERMISTON — The Hermiston Bulldogs must wait for more than a month to begin defense of their Columbia River Conference football title.

That’s a while. Long enough, perhaps, for the streaking Bulldogs to petition for membership in the conference just a few miles — and one state border — to the north.

“Chiawana would probably have something to say about that,” Hermiston coach Mark Hodges said jokingly after his Bulldogs handled Mid-Columbia Conference team Kamiakin 28-7 on Friday at Kennison Field. “We’d be competitive. So far, so good.”

“I’ve never really thought about that,” added Hermiston senior Carson Morter, who had four interceptions and caught two touchdown passes. “It’s good competition.”

In registering its second emphatic victory over an MCC team in two weeks, Hermiston showed signs that it possesses the physicality up front and the sizzle outside to make it viable on the opposite bank of the Columbia River.

Morter was but one of quarterback Chase Knutz’s many dangerous targets Friday, grabbing four receptions for 60 yards — including scoring darts of 45 yards (on a deep post in the second quarter) and 6 yards (on a quick slant for a fourth-quarter dagger).

Also tormenting the Braves (1-1) were Ethan Snow, who snagged seven passes for 103 yards and the game’s first touchdown; Keegan Crafton (three catches, 69 yards); and tailback Cory Adams (three catches, 38 yards).

Knutz finished the game 17-of-30 for 270 yards, protected from Kamiakin’s ferocious front four by an undersized but not overmanned offensive line that also pried open rushing room for Adams (50 yards) and Samuel Colbray (91).

“We were physical,”Hodges said. “When you play Kamiakin, you’re playing a team that is really well-coached and really physical. That’s a team we have the utmost respect for. We knew we had to match them not only physically, but as a coaching staff.”

Knutz struggled out of the gate. He was intercepted on his first passing attempt and then threw incomplete on four of his next five passes. But he finished the half strong, connecting on eight of his final 11 throws.

“Chase will be the first to tell you that, even though he made some wonderful plays, he is capable of playing better,” Hodges said. “As is our whole team.”

Hermiston (2-0) routed Hanford 48-13 last week and still has four nonleague contests before opening CRC play Oct. 17 against The Dalles.

Kamiakin, meanwhile, is out of dress rehearsals.

It battles MCC 3A foe Southridge next week at Lampson Stadium.

The Braves have six days to get untracked.

Quarterback Tyson Patten struggled with his touch against the Bulldogs.

He was intercepted four times and finished 11-of-32 passing with 170 yards, one week after throwing four touchdown passes in a 34-14 romp against Ferndale.


Kamiakin rolls into semifinals with 44-19 win

KENNEWICK -- So much for that vaunted Mount Spokane offense.

The Wildcats ran into a buzz saw Saturday in the form of the Kamiakin defense at Lampson Stadium.

The Braves manhandled the line of scrimmage, intercepted three passes, forced a fumble, recorded three sacks and had their way with their Class 3A quarterfinal opponent in a 44-19 rout.

"Nobody can get past our defense," Kamiakin defensive back Dom Davis said. "We're too good for anybody right now."

With the win, Kamiakin will face Capital next weekend at Lampson Stadium at a time and date to be determined.

On Saturday, Davis got the party started, intercepting a Carson Blumenthal pass and returning it 32 yards for a score less than 5 minutes into the game.

That result would be a recurring theme for Blumenthal and the Wildcats offense, which entered the game averaging 515 yards and 55 points through their first two playoff games.

On Saturday, the Wildcats finished with 342 yards -- but 141 of those came against the second-string defense.

"Our defense has been lights out," Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said. "They are outstanding. I'm glad they are on my team and I don't have to prepare for them."

With the defense flexing its muscles early, the Braves offense went to work.

After a three-and-out, Davis had three carries for 28 yards and Garrett Bowe booted a 21-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.

Mount Spokane squeaked out a first down, but nothing more. Joey Jansen completed three passes of 10, 11 and 10 yards, the final connecting on a fade ball to the left corner to Tyler Holle for a quick 17-0 lead.

The Wildcats looked as though they didn't know what hit them.

"I figured the defense would be strong," Jansen said. "We just wanted to be patient and see what (Mount Spokane) would give us and we got going."



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