Kamiakin tops Wa-Hi 40-20

Kylle Robertson wasn’t the hero for Kamiakin. There wasn’t just one, after all.

But he was front, center and surrounded in the sequence that best distilled the heady brew of grit and skill that finally dislodged a desperate Walla Walla team and lifted the Braves to a significant victory Friday at Lampson Stadium.

With a one-score lead to protect, staring down a second-and-17 and an ever-ravenous Blue Devils blitz, Robertson backtracked in the pocket and was swallowed by a sea of white Walla Walla jerseys.

With defenders dangling off of him like wet mummy wrap, Robertson fired a dart to wide receiver Casey Brandon, who pulled in a 6-yard reception while absorbing a stiff blow.

It was an iconic snapshot of Kamiakin plugging away. Three plays later, scoring machine Umid Ramizov was in the end zone for a breathing-room touchdown, and the Braves were on their way to a 40-20 victory which clinched the top playoff seed among Class 3A Mid-Columbia Conference teams.

“That drive shows that teams who depend on big plays don’t go far, but teams that have constant drives do, that’s a good team,” said Ramizov, who rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns — while shaking off a hand injury and two lost fumbles. “That changed momentum.”

The drive, which saw Kamiakin (4-2 in MCC, 6-2) convert first downs after facing first-and-20 and first-and-22, came after the Braves’ defense forced a Walla Walla punt following Ramizov’s second lost fumble. His right, ball-carrying hand had been sandwiched between helmets — “I thought, ‘Oh crap, I broke it,’ ” Ramizov said — and the MCC’s leading touchdown scorer could not hold on.

He watched from the bench, a trainer taping his hand, as Kamiakin began its next drive.

Without their workhorse, the Braves found other ways to budge a Wa-Hi D that had been a huge catalyst in that surging squad’s five-game winnng streak, its best stretch of football since 2002.

Junior Michael Jones broke a 15-yard run. Then it was Robertson, wriggling for three yards to move the chains on third-and-3.

“Kyle is a clutch player,” Ramizov said. “Just a great leader.”

Ramizov returned and gained five yards. After Robertson’s escape-artist moment, he whipped an 18-yarder from a much cleaner pocket to Hunter Schauers, whose only catch of the game converted third-and-11.

Then it was Ramizov for four yards to the five, and five yards to a crucial score, giving the Braves a 27-14 lead with just 12:47 left in the game.

The drive was emblematic of Kamiakin’s night: it featured two of the home team’s 10 penalties of one of three turnovers, including an interception that Wa-Hi’s Stuart Gillin returned for a 53-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7 in the first quarter.

Kamiakin took a 14-7 lead on Robertson’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Brandon after another balletic escape late in the first quarter, and led 20-7 after Jones rumbled 25 yards for a touchdown with 4:50 left in the half.

But Walla Walla (4-2, 5-3), which was eliminated from 4A playoff contention by the loss, would not go away, as quarterback Zach Zehner absorbed a ferocious hit by a blitzing Brave while delivering a 23-yard touchdown strike to Gerardo Gomez to make it 20-14 just before half.

Ramizov’s third-quarter touchdown was a nest-kicker of sorts. Wa-Hi went three-and-punt, and after Ramizov’s 67-yard run put Kamiakin in immediate business, and Jones hauled in a pass in the flat and bulldozed a defender for a 10-yard touchdown mments later.

Dalton Tuveson’s 39-yard interception return for a touchdown two plays later was the dagger, giving Kamiakin a 40-14 lead with 8:49 left.

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Kamiakin Blanks Prosser

KENNEWICK -- For the better part of three quarters, Prosser gave Kamiakin all it could handle in the first ever meeting between the two schools.

But two big plays by the Braves and two touchdown runs by Zach Umemoto late in the game led Kamiakin to a 28-0 victory in their season opener Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

"That is a well-coached Prosser team," said Braves coach Scott Biglin. "They are no slouch. It was two good teams playing football."

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Robertson leads Kamiakin rout of Southridge

As a quarterback in a spread offense, Kamiakin senior Kylle Robertson doesn’t neccesarily have one favorite passing route.

At times, he can hold any one of several routes close to his heart.

“I have a favorite route for every coverage,” Robertson said.

One route in particular stood out during the Braves’ 42-21 Mid-Columbia Conference win over Southridge.

“Tonight they let our curls in the middle of that cover 4 zone, so tonight my favorite was definitely the curl,” Robertson said after burning the Suns for 388 yards on 17 completions.

Only two of Robertson’s 17 connections went for less than double-digit yardage, as Kamiakin receivers found seams everywhere in the Southridge secondary.

Austin Gutierrez caught just four passes, but they went for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Larsen, the teams top returning receiver, caught nine passes for 169 yards.

“All of our guys are really good athletes. They stay after practice to work on routes and their hands,” Robertson said. “It shows when an array of receivers catch the ball instead of just one guy.”

It took Robertson a while to warm up. He missed on six of his first eight attempts as the Braves came up short on their first three drives of the night. Robertson capped a 10-play drive with a 6-yard TD pass to Gutierrez to start the second quarter for the game’s first score.

The Suns, who were looking for their first win over Kamiakin since 2009, then came back the other way thanks to a 53-yard pass play from Jair Ealy-Thomas to Clay Gonzales, which set up a 20-yard scoring run by Kadin Diaz two plays later. That tied the score at 7.

The Braves pulled ahead 14-7 just before the end of the first half as Larsen caught three passes for 40 yards during a six-play drive that Robertson capped with a 1-yard sneak.

Kamiakin would pull away in the second half, scoring 21 points in the third quarter. Justin Larsen stepped in front of an out route on the Suns’ first drive of the second half, intercepting a pass and returning it 27 yards to the Southridge 25. Umid Ramizov ran it in from there to make it 21-7 with 10:33 left in the quarter.

Ealy-Thomas cut the lead to 21-14, breaking free on a 45-yard naked bootleg to score for Southridge.

But Kamiakin pushed the lead again, Robertson found Gutierrez wide open down the right sideline and hit him for a 73-yard touchdown.

That made it 28-14 Braves.

“As soon as we went into our no-huddle offense, we found a good flow,” Robertson said. “(The win) means a lot to our seniors and our school. It’s about pride, man. When you beat your crosstown rival, it means a lot.”

Gutierrez caught one last TD pass late in the third quarter, and Ramizov added a 17-yard run in the fourth. Diaz, who is tied for the MCC scoring lead with six touchdowns, was a warrior for Southridge. He carried 16 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns, but he played the whole game on defense and put the Suns in good field position with several big kickoff returns.

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Braves #7 in latest state poll

Class 3A

1 Bellevue (13) (3-0) 130
2 O’Dea (3-0) 115
3 Marysville-Pilchuck (3-0) 99
4 Mount Si (3-0) 90
5 Eastside Catholic (2-1) 66
6 Glacier Peak (3-0) 59
7 Kamiakin (3-0) 51
8 Shadle Park (2-1) 31
9 Lincoln (3-0) 28
10 Ferndale (3-0) 14
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11. Columbia River-9; 12. Juanita-8; 13. Blanchet-6.