Kamiakin’s receiving corps an embarrassment of riches - TC Herald Article

Kamiakin’s Darreon Moore (18) is an integral part of the Braves’ dynamic wide receiver group.

Most high school football coaches are happy when they have one playmaker that can dictate a game on offense.

It seems like every wide receiver Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin has on the roster this year could fit that bill.

“It’s exactly what we envisioned when we came up with the offense that we wanted to run,” Biglin said of his group of receivers. “A lot of teams, when they throw the ball, they’ve got a key guy they want to throw it to, or if they run the ball, there’s one guy they like to go to. For us, we’ve got a lot of guys that we try to get the ball to.”

Among the team’s top pass catchers are seniors Isaiah Brimmer (6-foot-6, 205 pounds) and Darreon Moore (5-10, 170), and junior Benson Smith (5-11, 160), all of whom quarterback Zach Borisch has had plenty of success throwing the ball to.

“I can’t say that any one is better than the others, because they’re all such go-get-’em guys,” Borisch said. “I couldn’t tell you which guy I want to go to because I want to go to every single one of them.”

And that’s exactly what he’s done.

Brimmer and Smith rank third and fourth in the Mid-Columbia Conference in receiving, totaling a combined 918 yards and 15 touchdowns, and Moore is ninth with 20 catches for 286 yards and five scores. Borisch is the No. 3 passer in the league — 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns — but has thrown almost 60 fewer passes than the quarterbacks in front of him — Richland’s Paxton Stevens and Hanford’s Garrett Horner.

Tied for a league-high nine touchdown receptions, Brimmer has used his big frame and skills translated from the basketball court — he plays shooting guard and forward for the Braves — to become a nightmare for opposing defenses in the red zone.

“He’s 6-6, and he’s been 6-6 for four years now,” Biglin said. “And finally, I don’t want to say it was just this season, but probably (last year’s state tournament loss) against Lakes, a game that we took our lumps in, he was one guy that shined in it.”

Of the wideouts in Kamiakin’s system, Moore is the most likely to play football in college, as he’s caught attention from several Pac-12 schools as a defensive back. He has said he’ll be more than happy just to keep playing at the next level, and that he enjoys being on the defensive side more anyway.

“I’ve been playing DB since I was like, seven or eight years old, so it’s always been my favorite,” Moore said.

While his coverage skills are at a Division I level, he has some chops on offense too.

“He’s probably our most explosive guy; he probably runs some of the best routes we’ve seen,” Biglin said. “If guys try to guard him one-on-one, watch out, because he’s pretty electric with the ball in his hands.”

Smith grew up as a running back since his days in the Kennewick Grid Kids program, and has parlayed that experience of getting the ball in the backfield into a dangerous hybrid position that could be described more as an “offensive weapon” rather than just a wide receiver or running back. As a senior last year, Gavin Crow became the first of those hybrid players in Biglin’s offense, and when he graduated there was little mystery as to who the Braves’ next one would be.

“When we got to the end of the year, we were wondering who that guy was going to be for us, and once we got spring ball it was like ‘pft, Benson, no doubt about it,’ ” Biglin said. “He’s electric with the ball, he’s got good hands and he’s just one heck of a ballplayer.”

While the stable of skill position talent at Kamiakin is vast and balanced — 13 players touched the ball on offense in the Braves’ Week 8 win over Walla Walla — it figures to get even bigger when the team gears up for a playoff run. Junior wide receiver Champ Grayson hurt his shoulder in Week 3 against Chiawana, then re-injured it when he returned to action two weeks later against Hanford. He’s sat out the three games since, but is on track to return next week when the playoffs begin.


First-year Southridge coach Keith Munson’s Suns have already surpassed expectations this season — they’ve doubled their two conference wins in 2015 heading into the regular-season finale — and have a shot to send a shockwave through the conference on Thursday when they face Kamiakin for the Class 3A MCC title.

The Braves (6-2, 4-2) have won their last six games against the Suns (5-3, 4-2), but that hasn’t diminished the cross-town rivalry.

“It’s a big rivalry game, I think bigger than Kennewick, just because we know some kids from there and they know us, now we kind of butt heads a little bit,” Brimmer said. “I’m looking forward to every minute of it.”

Southridge’s option offense has found new life in recent weeks because of quarterback Mason Martin having success throwing the ball. He passed for four touchdowns two weeks ago against Hanford, and again last week against Kennewick. Tight end Brycen Kelly has emerged as a legitimate red zone threat with three receiving touchdowns in the past two games.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lampson Stadium.

Kamiakin loses to Lakes 53-34 in 3A state playoff game

But as the game went deeper into the second half, the Braves had trouble staying on schedule thanks to numerous penalties and a stiff Lakes pass rush. The result was a 53-34 loss to the Lancers, ending Kamiakin’s season in the first round of the state playoffs.

“They’re a good team, and you just can’t allow them to do what they did,” Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said after his team finished the season 8-3.

What Lakes did was make its share of big plays, get big production from quarterback Jaiave Magalei (120 yards rushing, 3 TDs; 275 passing, 2 TDs) and get a ton of pressure on Kamiakin quarterback Zach Borisch. The super-nimble Borisch was sacked six times — four by defensive end/receiver Chris Hunter — and hit hard numerous other times.

After rushing for 100 yards on 10 carries in the first half — including a 43-yard run to set up Kamiakin’s third touchdown — Borisch lost 7 yards on nine carries in the second half, with minus-44 yards on sacks.

“They got in some long-yardage situations, and we got ahead, and they had to throw,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “We knew that’s not where they want to be.”

Kamiakin scored on its first possession to open the third quarter, a 27-yard connection from Borisch to Darreon Moore in the back of the end zone. That pulled the Braves within 34-27, but Lakes (9-2) reached the end zone on three consecutive possessions, the last coming with 6:30 left in the game for an insurmountable 26-point lead.

Big-play day

Both teams’ game-breaking ability was on display almost from the start.

Magalei scored on a 66-yard run midway through the first quarter, his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame somehow able to run away from Kamiakin’s speedy defense.

The Braves answered on the next snap. Running back Jethro Questad broke through the first level of the Lancers’ defense to find nothing but open turf for a 77-yard gallop to the end zone.

Kamiakin took its only lead on its next possession, capped by Isaiah Brimmer’s leaping catch over a defender on a 31-yard touchdown. Brimmer added a 10-yard toe-tapper for a score in the second quarter.

Big numbers

Questad ran for 138 yards on 16 carries, and the Braves racked up 245 on the ground and 480 total. Borisch was 13-for-25 passing for 203 yards with four TDs. Benson Smith caught seven balls for 107 yards and a touchdown, all in the second half.

For Lakes, not only did Hunter have those four sacks, but he also caught nine passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Bostic ran for 93 yards on 26 carries, giving the Kamiakin defense two threats to track on every snap.

The two teams combined for 1,015 yards of offense.

Flags were flying

Both teams were hit with a double-load of laundry as the officials whistled Kamiakin for 111 yards on 12 penalties and Lakes 143 on 16. Add in offsetting, declined and multiple fouls on the same play, and there were close to 40 yellow hankies and a few hats thrown on the turf.

The difference: Lakes had better success making sizable gains on first-and-15 or 20 to get back on schedule, while the Braves struggled and too often found themselves facing long yardage on second and third downs.














L — Jaiave Magalei 66 run (Kevin Lee kick)

K — Jethro Questad 77 run (kick failed)

K — Isaiah Brimmer 31 pass from Zach Borisch (Garrett Paxton kick)

L — Chris Hunter 13 pass from Magalei (Lee kick)

L — Yisrael Stephens 18 run (kick failed)

K — Brimmer 10 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)

L — Magalei 9 run (Lee kick)

L — Magalei 2 run (Lee kick)

K — Darreon Moore 27 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)

L — Elijah McMillon 3 run (kick blocked)

L — Cale Lindsay 4 pass from Magalei (pass failed)

L — Stephens 3 run (Lee kick)

K — Benson Smith 7 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)


RUSHING — L, Magalei 16-120, Andrew Bostic 26-93, Stephens 7-44, McMillon 2-3. K, Questad 16-138, Borisch 19-93, Austin Crawford 2-19. Team 1-(minus 5)

PASSING — L, Magalei 18-30-0—275. K, Borisch 13-25-0—203, Peyton Flynn 1-1-0—32.

RECEIVING — L, Hunter 9-139, Lindsay 3-29, Bostic 2-29, Stephens 1-38, Dedrian Milligan 1-19, Zarrion Hill 1-13, Maika Magalei 1-8. K, Smith 7-107, Brimmer 4-74, Moore 2-31, Mike Jones 1-23.

FIRST DOWNS — L 24, K 20. PENALTIES-YARDS — L 16-143, K 12-111. FUMBLES-LOST: L 0-0, K 2-2.

Kamiakin wallops Walla Walla 44-14 in MCC football

The key to a wake-up call is not the call itself. It’s how well you wake up once you hear it.

A week after a humbling loss to Richland, the Kamiakin Braves got another one against Mid-Columbia Conference foe Walla Walla.

When Blue Devils quarterback Mitch Lesmeister broke off a 64-yard screen pass to Noah Porter on their fourth play from scrimmage, it set up the first score of the game — a 3-yard run by Lesmeister — just 2 minutes, 5 seconds into the game.

“We were kind of pumped up on senior night and got caught in the moment,” said Braves senior defensive back/running back Gavin Crow, reflecting on the pregame ceremony that honored Kamiakin’s senior players. “(Walla Walla’s touchdown) was a wake-up call for us. Then we woke up and finished the job.”

The Braves certainly did, rolling up 34 points over the next three quarters to take control en route to a 44-14 MCC win Friday at Lampson Stadium.

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