Kamiakin uses quick-strike attack in 49-13 win over Lewis and Clark

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By Dustin Brennan -

September 08, 2017 8:11 PM

With some of the top player’s from last year’s state championship squad graduating, the Kamiakin High School football team was bound to have a different look this season.

But one thing remains constant for coach Scott Biglin’s club: The Braves like to play fast.

First-year quarterback Payton Flynn threw for 263 yards and four touchdowns — all in the first half — and Kamiakin averaged less than 70 seconds on each of its seven touchdown drives in a 49-13 victory Friday night over Lewis and Clark in the first game of a doubleheader at Lampson Stadium.

Champ Grayson was involved in the passing game early and often for Kamiakin, catching six passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and Talmage Jacobson went for 109 yards on 19 rushes.


While the end result couldn’t have been much better, the Braves committed many of the same early errors that nearly put them down by two touchdowns in the first quarter last week against Eastmont — before they rallied for a 35-6 victory.

The team committed some big penalties in the early going, Flynn threw three picks in the first half and Grayson tried to pick up a first-quarter punt that was nearly downed, fumbled it, and set up Lewis and Clark’s first touchdown of the game. On the next play, Tigers quarterback Micah Flaherty hit Samuel Weldon for a 24-yard touchdown to tie it at 7-all with 4 minutes to go in the first quarter.

“It wasn’t an absolute slow start, we scored on our first drive,” Biglin said, “but we shouldn’t be shooting ourselves in the foot. We’ve got seniors that ... are making some plays that they shouldn’t be making; late-hit penalties, fielding balls when we shouldn’t be fielding balls, just things that are out of the ordinary for us. And we’ve gotta fix those.”

But the Braves recovered from there, with four TD passes by Flynn — two to Grayson — giving them a 35-13 advantage at the half that would never be threatened.

“It’s like I told him (Flynn), when he first started out, he’s kind of holding back,” Biglin said. “He’s got a big-time arm, and he’s under-throwing things, it just kind of felt like he was holding back. And all of a sudden, he let it go, and you could see what he could do.”

Freshman running back Tuna Altahir snapped off a 39-yard rush in the third quarter for Kamiakin, then — after a couple LC penalties extended the drive — punched in his second TD of the season on a 4-yard scamper. He finished the game with 52 yards on six carries.

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Class 3A Top 10

1. Eastside Catholic Crusaders (1-0)

Last week: Beat Gonzaga Prep 41-40 (3OT).

Next: at Skyview

2. O’Dea Fighting Irish (1-0)

Last week: Beat Lincoln 23-21.

Next: at Shelton 

3. Kamiakin Braves (1-0)

Last week: Beat Eastmont 35-6.

Next: Lewis and Clark 

4. Squalicum Storm (1-0)

Last week: Beat Gig Harbor 31-20.

Next: South Delta (B.C.)

5. Lincoln Abes (0-1)

Last week: Lost to O’Dea 23-21.

Next: at Shelton

6. Mount Spokane Wildcats (1-0)

Last week: Beat Peninsula 23-6.

Next: a Sandpoint (Idaho)

7. Ferndale Golden Eagles (1-0)

Last week: Beat Vancouver (B.C.) 49-12.

Next: Lynden

8. Garfield Bulldogs (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Archbishop Murphy 37-18.

Next: at Bellevue 

9. Bonney Lake Panthers (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Sumner 49-13.

Next: at Timberline

10.Timberline Blazers (1-0)

Last week: Beat Black Hills 35-7.

Next: Bonney Lake

Kamiakin rallies from slow start to beat Eastmont 35-6

By Dustin Brennan |

Ready to get back to business after a 2016 season that produced the first state championship in school history, the No. 3 Kamiakin High School football team recovered from a slow start to beat Eastmont 35-6 on Friday night in the season opener in East Wenatchee.

Benson Smith caught both of first-year starting quarterback Payton Flynn’s touchdown passes, and running back Talmage Jacobson scored twice on the ground.

But as positive as the end result was for the Braves, things looked disastrous out of the gate.

Kamiakin looked like it had Eastmont stopped on the game’s opening drive when the Wildcats faced third-and-17 on the Braves’ 28-yard line, but quarterback Caelen Massey hit Ethan Simpson in the back of the end zone for a touchdown and an early 6-0 lead.

Working a two-quarterback system, Eastmont looked to be back in business later in the first quarter when Kole Warren hit Cameron Scaramozzino for a 69-yard catch-and-run to the Braves’ 9, but the drive stalled out and an errant snap on the field-goal attempt turned the Wildcats away with nothing to show for their efforts.

The game was all Kamiakin the rest of the way. Freshman running back Tuna Altahir closed out a lengthy drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to put the Braves on the board, and Flynn connected with Smith for a 14-yard score for a 14-6 halftime lead.

A 60-yard punt return by Champ Grayson set up a 2-yard TD run by Jacobson in the third, then Flynn hit Smith for a for another score, and Jacobson scampered in from 17 yards out to cap the scoring in the fourth.

Despite winning by four touchdowns, Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said in a text that the team made a lot of early-season mistakes and picked up too many penalties.

Kamiakin beat Eastmont 44-0 in last season’s opener.

Individual stats were not available.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article171055537.html#storylink=cpy

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May/June 2017 Calendar


See the attached PDF for May/June calendar dates.  If you have any questions please contact coach Biglin at or 222-7000