Lions 3-0

Kennewick rolls in big win over Eastmont

By Kevin Anthony, Tri-City Herald

KENNEWICK -- The Kennewick Lions turned one of sports' oldest axioms on its head Friday night, proving that a bad practice makes perfect.

A sloppy effort midweek had coach Bill Templeton spitting fire, which in turn fired up the Lions and led to a 41-0 rout of the Eastmont Wildcats in the CBBN 3A opener for both teams at Lampson Stadium.

"If you've ever seen Coach Templeton mad ... I tell you what," said Kennewick receiver Reggie Clinton, who had two big catches and two nice punt returns in a perfect first half of football for the Lions.

Kennewick (3-0) did all of its scoring in the first half, converting all six possessions into touchdowns. Quarterback Bryce Leavitt was 8-for-9 for 208 yards and four touchdowns: 50 and 22 yards to Chase Reining, 40 yards to Clinton and 10 to Brock Schuh.

Garrett Woods and Bodie Simpson each ran for a score, Woods racking up 103 yards on six carries as the Lions outgained Eastmont (0-3) 351-69 in the first two quarters.

"You see that scoreboard -- that shows it all right there," Clinton said. "That's hard work and dedication right there."

"Did you see that first play?" he asked, referring to Woods' 50-yard sprint through a gaping hole. "That doesn't happen if Ivan Diaz doesn't do his job, if Jarrod Howell doesn't do his job, Garrett Wilz, Jarod Gonzales, T.J. Fields."

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Kennewick roar past Pendleton 53-6

KENNEWICK -- It is no easy task figuring out the MVP of Kennewick's 53-6 drubbing of the Pendleton Buckaroos in the Lions' season opener Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

Is it Grant Woods, who ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns on nine first-half carries and provided some serious "stick 'em" from his cornerback spot?

Is it big-play 'backer Devven Ramos, who returned a fumble 50 yards for a defensive score and rumbled 57 yards for an offensive one?

The offensive line, which sealed off the running lanes for big gains; the defense, which picked off three passes, got the fumble and added three sacks and two more tackles for loss?

Or maybe it was the running clock, which made the second half fly by.

Heck, after a game like this, there are enough game balls for all.

"It felt awesome," said Woods, who scored on runs of 13, 3 and 5 yards and also broke off a 54-yard scamper that came up short of the end zone.

"I've had butterflies the entire time since third hour when we had a pep assembly."

Lions in TCH!

Taking the reins: Leavitt looks to step for KeHS

By Katie Dorsey, Tri-City Herald

KENNEWICK -- In the dead of night, Bryce Leavitt might dream of juking out a defender on the football field or basketball court.

But the Kennewick High School senior probably isn't catching any "z's." He likely is wide awake, working under the moonlight to make those dreams a reality.

Leavitt, who aspires to play college basketball, likes to practice his shot at night. But after some noise complaints, his parents decided he couldn't play past 10 p.m.

That hasn't stopped the self-proclaimed gym rat from getting out there anyway.

"When I want to shoot, I go out and shoot really quietly," he said.

Leavitt averaged 16.7 points last season in leading the Kennewick boys basketball team to the CBBN 3A district playoffs, and his work ethic has carried over into football, while preparing for his new job as the Lions' starting quarterback.

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Templeton Nears 2nd Most Wins

Head Coach Bill Templeton (KeHS '87) is 2 wins shy of taking over 2nd place on Kennewick's all-time winningest coaches list.

Templeton's 39 career wins is just shy of Ted Homme's 40.  The top spot is held by legendary coach Ed Troxel whom coach Templeton played for.


1.  Ed Troxel  106-33
2.  Ted Homme 40-27
3.  Bill Templeton 39-49
4.  George Karamatic 26-18
5.  Mel Thompson 20-13