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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Football: Braves overcome first-game jitters - TC Herald Article

It took a few minutes, but Kamiakin’s football team got over a case of the season-opener nerves Saturday night.

When things finally settled down, the Braves rebounded to defeat Ferndale 34-14 at Lampson Stadium for a nonleague victory.

The Braves opened the game with a three-plays-and-out series, as quarterback Tyson Patten looked uncomfortable.

Meanwhile, Ferndale ran its wing-T offense to perfection on its first series, marching 61 yards on 10 plays as it chewed through the Braves’ defensive unit, with Marcus Nightingale plunging in from the 1 for a 7-0 Golden Eagles’ lead.

But that was it.

Patten settled down, and so did Kamiakin’s defensive unit.

“You never know how the kids are going to come out in the first game of the season,” said Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin. “It’s hard to replicate that wing-T offense in practice. Those first two series, they punched us in the mouth.”

A fumble recovery by Tyler Johns midway through the first quarter gave the Braves the ball at the Ferndale 12. Five plays later, Patten hit Mike Jones for a 5-yard TD pass to tie the game at 7-7.

The Braves defense stopped the Golden Eagles offense on their next series, and Kamiakin took the lead for good late in the quarter. T.J. Faamausili raced 44 yards for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead — a lead the Braves would never surrender after that.

Patten finished with 192 yards passing and would add three more touchdown passes — 23 yards to Austin Gutierrez, 19 yards to Jace Navejas, and 41 yards to Darreon Moore.

“The first couple of series, I had to get the jitters out,” said Patten. “Ferndale’s Cover 1 defense was pressing in on the edges. Any release we could get outside we tried to get.”

The fact that four different receivers scored was an added bonus.

“It’s nice to throw to more than one guy,” Patten said. “This year, we have one of the best receiving corps in the MCC.”

Meanwhile, Kamiakin’s defense played great assignment ball, stopping any trickery Ferndale might try.

Linebacker Tyler Herman led the defense with 10 tackles — two quarterback sacks and another for loss — and a forced fumble. Linebacker Dalton Tuveson added 11 tackles.

“We just had to start playing more physical,” said Herman. “They came out and smashed us in the mouth. I really liked our pressure.”

Some of that pressure forced Ferndale into penalties with false starts. The Golden Eagles finished with 15 penalties for 108 yards.

“It was a lot of first-game things we need to clean up,” Ferndale coach Jamie Plenkovich said. “This game is only going to help us and make us better.”

Kamiakin will spread the running wealth

The greatest compliment to graduated Kamiakin running back Umid Ramizov is that the Braves couldn’t find a single running back to replace him.

That’s also what Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin likes best about who will take handoffs from quarterback Tyson Patten in 2014.

“Umid was an outstanding running back, and he really worked hard to get where he was. But now we’ve got three or four guys who can carry the load for us,” Biglin said of Mikey Jones, Justin Larsen and Pasco transfer T.J. Faamausili.

Jones showed plenty of promise as Ramizov’s backup, and Larsen got a handful of carries as well. Faamausili was the Bulldogs’ top ballcarrier last season, gaining 256 yards and a touchdown on 81 carries to finish eighth among returning Mid-Columbia Conference running backs.

Patten could be a nice surprise, too, in his first season under center. He has the thankless job of replacing two-year starter and all-MCC quarterback Kylle Robertson, but won’t be expected to produce at that level just yet.

“The biggest thing for him that was helpful for us was that he got thrown into the starting role at shortstop for our baseball team. He got to see what varsity athletics were all about,” Biglin said. “He came in with a lot of confidence and has become that leader that we need him to be. He’s not quite there yet, but with his hard work he could be one of those top-tier quarterbacks next year.”

Of course, Kamiakin will be sound defensively, as always. At linebacker, the Braves have a pair of three-year starters in Tyler Herman and Dalton Tuveson on the outside, plus a two-year starter in Jones in the middle. The Braves also feature a pair of returning starters in the secondary — Austin Gutierrez and Larsen.

“I think our best unit is our defense,” said Gutierrez, a second-team all-MCC pick at wide receiver. “On offense, we’re getting there. Once we get back to where we’re going to be, we’ll be unstoppable. That’s what we’re looking forward to so we can get back to the playoffs again.”

Tuveson also likes the talent on the defensive line — Tyler Johns in particular.

“He’s an animal. He’s crazy. He’s all over the place, and he doesn’t know when to quit,” Tuveson said of the 6-foot, 210-pound senior defensive end. “He’s fast, too. He got hurt last year, but this year he’s really looking good.”

Herman is part of a senior core that will help keep the team focused on its goal of an MCC championship. The returning first-team all-MCC performer is certainly a fan favorite, but he’s an even bigger fan of the student section that follows Braves football.

“We want to start winning some games for them and make sure they’re showing up and going crazy,” Herman said. “We’ll adapt to what we have on defense. We’ll add a couple things because we have different personnel than we used to. But it will be pretty much the same.

“We’ll be coming after people.”

First on the list is Ferndale, Kamiakin’s Week 1 opponent, which will travel from the west side to visit Lampson Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 5.

“I’m really good friends with the Ferndale coach (Jamie Plenkovich), and my brother-in-law coaches up there. We’ve been trying to set this game up for a while,” Biglin said. “It’s a nonleague game, and you always want to win every game. Pride is on the line.”

The Golden Eagles run a Wing-T offense, something Kamiakin doesn’t get to see very often in a league filled with strong passing games.

“That first game is also important to see what we can and can’t do,” Biglin said. “If you don’t play good assignment football, you’re going to be lost. But (defensive coordinator Tim) Maher does a fantastic job of getting our defense ready. I think he’ll have them ready to go.”

Kamiakin's Maher ranks as 'Dean of 'D'

KENNEWICK -- For the last 31 years there have been three constants with Kamiakin football.

Winning, defense and Tim Maher.

Maher, deferential with a capital 'D', has been a key cog in the Braves' success in wins and losses and in constantly having one of the best defensive units in the state.

Starting as a defensive coach in 1979 under Dan Purple, Maher was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1984 under Craig Beverlin.

Beverlin and Maher ran off some impressive statistics in their 25 seasons together, winning 73 percent of their games with only four losing seasons, reaching two semifinals and one state championship game (a 35-7 loss to Tacoma's Curtis in 1995).

"He is one of the best defensive coaches in the state and in the entire Northwest," said Beverlin, who stepped down after the 2008 season. "He is very intelligent. I'd say 50-70 percent of our success when I was there ... Tim deserves as much credit as anybody. I give him my highest compliment I can give."

In 2010 -- now under second-year coach Scott Biglin, who quarterbacked Pasco against Kamiakin a dozen years ago -- a lot of credit again goes to Maher, who has the Braves defense playing ball as good as anyone in the state.

Kamiakin has allowed just 95 points this season while running out to its 11-0 record and a spot in the Class 3A quarterfinals at 1 p.m. today against Mount Spokane at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.

"I love the way he coaches," junior linebacker Drew Oord said. "He gets on you, but makes you want to try harder so he pats you on the back.

"It's demanding if you have the wrong mindset. You know he wants you to succeed, so you want to go out there and do great."

Do great is just what the Kamiakin defenses have done over the years.

Read more: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2010/11/20/1259728/kamiakins-maher-ranks-as-dean.html#ixzz17MXrEmfV

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