Know Your Opponent - Columbia River

About the School

Location: Vancouver, WAcolumbia-river-wa
Enrollment: 1064
Mascot: Chieftain
Colors: Purple and Gold
Stadium: Chieftain Stadium (cap 5,000)
Surface: Natural grass
Affiliations: WIAA District 4, Greater St. Helens League, 3A

About the Team:

2013 Record
League: 4-1-0
Overall: 8-2-0

Lost to: WF West, Mountain View

Signature Wins: Skyview 29-24 in week 2*, Cleveland

Offense Points Scored: 298 (29.8ppg)
Defense Points Allowed: 184 (18.4ppg)

Last State Appearance: 2012 Round 1 loss to Kennedy 20-14

2013 Results

1    Fri, Sep 6    at Heritage    W 33 - 21
2    Fri, Sep 13    vs Skyview    W 29 - 24
3    Fri, Sep 20    at Mark Morris    W 23 - 20
4    Fri, Sep 27    vs W.F. West    L 13 - 36
5    Fri, Oct 4    at Fort Vancouver*    W 42 - 12
6    Fri, Oct 11    vs Kelso*    W 33 - 10
7    Fri, Oct 18    at Prairie*    W 35 - 12
8    Fri, Oct 25    vs Hudsons Bay*    W 40 - 0
9    Fri, Nov 1    vs Mountain View*    L 28 - 34
10    Fri, Nov 8    at Cleveland    W 22 - 15

Interesting fact:

The week 2 win vs Skyview:  Columbia River was trailing by one and attempting a field goal with just seconds left in the game. Skyview blocked the field goal and the Storm, along with their fans, started celebrating as if the game was over. The ball never crossed the line of scrimmage, which meant the ball was live. Seconds later, Columbia River's Reese Keller scooped up the the ball and ran into the end zone for a touchdown.

The bizzare finish got play nationally including on ESPN.


Jansen, Allen lead Kamiakin over Kennewick

KENNEWICK -- Joey Jansen has all the offensive weapons in the world on Kamiakin's potent spead offense.

So it was a little odd to see him throw a 17-yard fade to defensive standout Jon Allen for the Braves' final touchdown in a 25-13 CBBN 3A win over Kennewick on Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

But after the kind of night Allen had -- nine tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and two tackles for loss -- the touchdown pass was well earned after leading Kamiakin's defense against a pumped-up Lions team led by Drew Loftus.

"I haven't been getting that many reps (at tight end). This was my time to shine," said Allen, who stopped Loftus on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line on Kennewick's first drive and then sacked him twice in the fourth quarter to help squelch Lions drives.

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Kamiakin tops University to advance to state

Kamiakin made enough mistakes to lose, but in the end it was just enough big plays that allowed the Braves to overcome a seriously shaky start and a nerve-wracking finish in a 28-21 3A regional football victory over University on Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

Jace Navejas was the star of the night, catching two touchdown passes from Kylle Robertson and intercepting Titans quarterback Jeff Beaty in Kamiakin’s Red Zone with just over 2 minutes remaining in the contest.

“Throughout the week, I was struggling in practice, but my teammates picked me up,” Navejas said. “All the receivers were dropping passes in practice, especially me.”

Robertson started slow, hitting just one of his first eight passes and was intercepted twice in the first half. But he ended the night with 152 yards passing and three touchdowns, a tribute to his level-headed play.

“I didn’t put him in the best situations tonight. I made some bad calls, and he was getting a little frustrated,” Braves coach Scott Biglin said.

University, which upset Kamiakin in last season’s crossovers, trailed 21-0 before making it close, pulling to within seven points in both the third and the fourth quarters.

“You have to give props to University. Most teams, if they were down three scores, would have given up,” Braves defensive end Dylan Keech said after collecting two sacks and two more tackles for losses.

The Braves may have gotten a little over-confident at the half, something they couldn’t afford to do against a scrappy Titans squad.

“We didn’t have a great week of practice. I think we’ve got to prepare ourselves right,” Biglin said. “We’re glad to get out with a win. In the playoffs, whether you win by 1 or by 40, you get a chance to keep playing football.

“It’s better than a pretty loss.”

After each team failed to score on each of its three first-quarter drives, Kamiakin freshman defensive back Darreon Moore recovered a fumble by U-Hi receiver Trevor Martin at the Titans’ 49 yard line. Seven plays later, Umid Ramizov capped a 49-yard drive with a 15-yard sweep around left tackle to make it 7-0.

Navejas scored the next two, scoring on 27- and 21-yard passes from Robertson before the half.

“He’s just a little sophomore, but he’s making some big plays,” Keech said.

Meanwhile, Kamiakin’s defense was doing a good job slowing down the Titans’ passing game, which generated just 16 yards in the first half. But Beaty and Martin were a two-man show in the second half. After catching just one pass for seven yards in the first half, Martin hauled in six passes for 190 yards and two scores in the final two quarters. He also came up big on special teams with two onside kicks, which University was able to recover in the second half.

“That No. 80 is a utility player to the max,” Keech said. “They were trying to get the ball to him.”

The Titans put a scare into the Braves when Trevor Martin caught an 82-yard touchdown pass from Beaty with 3:46 remaining in the game, and then Martin booted a successful onside kick to set up the final drive.

That’s when Navejas made his game-saving interception.

“I knew the receiver was going for a slant,” Navejas said. “I just floated around behind him so I wouldn’t get beat.”

Kamiakin will host Columbia River next Saturday in a first-round state playoff game.

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Griffiths, Kamiakin celebrate big win over Pasco

KENNEWICK -- A.J. Griffiths got good news before the Kamiakin Braves beat the Pasco Bulldogs 44-6 in a CBBN 3A matchup Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

Braves coach Scott Biglin informed Griffiths, who turned 18 on Friday, that the team's first offensive play -- a reverse-option pass play from receiver Tim White -- was designed for him to score.

"Coach told me, 'Happy birthday. Don't blow it,' " Griffiths said.

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Ramizov, Kamiakin demolish Kennewick

After struggling in the first half Friday, the Kamiakin offensive line was challenged to do better.

The Braves rushed for just 23 yards in the first 24 minutes, getting dominated up front by the Kennewick defense.

But after coach Scott Biglin challenged his seniors, they responded and they did so quickly.

Running back Umid Ramizov scored on an 88-yard run on the Braves’ first play of the second half to blow open a tight game as Kamiakin defeated rival Kennewick 36-6 in a Mid-Columbia Conference game at Lampson Stadium.Kamiakin vs Kennewick

“Kennewick was kicking our butts,” Biglin said of the point of attack. “We asked them how do you want to go out? This could be your last game against Kennewick — and then Umid hit the big 80-yarder.”

The Braves will host University High at 8 p.m. Friday at Lampson Stadium in a Class 3A state play-in game.

Kennewick will play Shadle Park at 8 p.m. Friday at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane in another play-in game.

Ramizov rushed for just 23 yards in the first half on nine carries, constantly getting hit at the line of scrimmage.

But on his first touch in the third quarter, he took the ball left, went through the line and cut back on a linebacker, outracing the defense down the sideline for a 22-0 lead.

“We had to get things going,” he said. “When the line stepped up, it made things happen.

“In the first quarter, we went to soft thinking it would be an easy game. The second half we stepped up big.”

Ramizov finished with 148 yards, giving him the league rushing title at 1,269 for the season.

The Braves then put the game out of reach thanks to freshman Darreon Moore.

First Moore ended a Kennewick drive with an interception, but the Braves offense didn’t do much with it, being forced to punt. But Kennewick’s Dwight Norwood dropped the ensuing kick and Moore recovered at the 3.

Two plays later, Ramizov punched it from 2 yards out, scoring his third touchdown of the night.

“At halftime our run game was really off,” Ramizov said. “We knew we had to step that up or it would be ugly otherwise.”

Ramizov and the line did just that, helping Kamiakin finish the regular season on a three-game winning streak and set them up for a potential deep playoff run.

“We are feeling real good,” Biglin said. “Kennewick always gives us fits and we knew coming in it would be a hard-fought battle.”

The Lions moved the ball successfully in the first half, but the Kamiakin defense always held, not allowing the Lions to get into the red zone.

The bend-don’t-break defense is a staple for Kamiakin and it was used to perfection Friday, as the Braves only allowed the one touchdown.

Kamiakin also recorded two sacks and forced the two turnovers, as Dylan Keech had a monster game from the linebacker spot.

Kamiakin also held Kennewick’s Norwood to just 68 yards rushing on 24 carries.

“The Norwood kid runs hard, but our guys stayed in,” Biglin said. “We have up some yards, but buckled down once they got down in the goal line (area).”

Kamiakin quarterback Kylle Robertson finished 11-of-23 for 175 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Hunter Shauers and Sterling Farrah on scoring passes.

Kennewick’s Matthew Driver was 11-of-23 for 179 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Dylan Tennancour had seven receptions for 161 yards.