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.

Read more: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2010/12/03/1276766/jone-allen-kamiakins-cornerstone.html#ixzz17MaAyEPj

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.”

Read more: http://www.theolympian.com/2010/11/28/1454947/cougars-stopped-cold.html#ixzz17MZr7YjA

Braves Top Lions in Week 4

There is so much history between the two coaching staffs at Kennewick and Kamiakin high schools, it’s really no secret what each other’s game plans are.

“We know what they want to do,” said Kennewick coach Bill Templeton. “There really aren’t any surprises.”

It’s just a matter of which team executes better. And Friday night, it was Kamiakin.

The Braves fell behind early before reeling off the game’s final 29 points en route to a 29-8 win over the rival Lions in front of a large crowd at Lampson Stadium.

“I have a lot of respect for those guys over there,” said Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin. “Some of those guys were my coaches in high school.

“It’s always fun to play against them; tonight was a good night for us.”

The Braves (3-1, 2-0 MCC) have now beaten their intracity rival six out of the last seven times. The Lions (1-3, 0-2) last win came in 2012.

As far as the big picture goes, it was a step in the right direction for Kamiakin.

“We are making baby steps to get to where we want to be,” said Braves quarterback Tyson Patten, who completed 7 of 17 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. “We want to make the playoffs and then make state.”

For Kennewick, it was a chance to see that by eliminating a few timely mistakes, the best is yet to come.

“I think we are pretty good football team,” Templeton said. “We just are making mistakes at the wrong time.”

The Lions, coming off a loss to Walla Walla last week, jumped out early on the Braves.

Matthew Driver led Kennewick on a 10-play, 74-yard opening drive that ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brock Sittman. After a 2-point conversion, the Lions led 8-0.

That would be the last time Kennewick would reach the end zone.

Kamiakin scored late in the first quarter on an explosive run down the left sideline by Tomui Faamausili for 62 yards and a touchdown to cut the lead to 8-7. The Braves took the lead for good late in the first half, going 70 yards on four plays in less than 90 seconds, capped by a Faamausili 5-yard run. Faamausili ran the ball in for the 2-point conversion to give the Braves a 15-8 advantage.

“We knew we just had to stay focused,” Patten said after the Lions’ early score. “We just needed to respond.”

The Lions appeared to avoid danger early in the third quarter when Faamausili fumbled the ball at the Lions’ 5-yard line. However, Driver was intercepted two plays later by Justin Larsen setting up a touchdown catch by Dalton Tuveson from Patten to push the margin to 22-8.

“That play was huge,” Biglin said. “That really got us going again.”

Faamausili, who had three touchdowns on the night, broke free again in the fourth quarter, this time for a 72-yard scoring run that capped the scoring and put the game out of reach. Faamausili finished the night with 16 carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns.

“This was a big game for us and these are the kind of games we want to play in,” Biglin said.

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.