All Conference 2015

The 2015 All Conference Teams were announced the other day and a number of Kennewick Lions were among those selected.  Leading off the pack was Senior DJ Dyer who garnered Offensive Lineman of the year.

Dyer ('16) a 6-4 285lb Earth-mover was a 2nd team selection in 2014.  DJ was the anchor of a stellar line that helped give the 2015 Lions one of the more potent running attacks in the MCC.  Dyer is getting several college looks and is sure to play on Saturdays next fall.

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Dyer was the only Lion selected among the first team

Devyn Edward, Rogelio Guizar, Andrew Fridley, Brenden Villasenor and Blake Loftus all were selected to the 2nd Team All Conference.

Devyn Edward ('16) was selected as 2nd Team Defensive Back and was one of Kennewick's "Lock-down" corners, with 3 interceptions on the year.  Devyn was also one of the Lions go-to receivers with 15 receptions for 218-yards and 2TDs

Rogelio Guizar ('16) was selected as 2nd Team Linebacker, Rogelio was a stalwart workhorse in the middle of the defense for the Lions.  His play was key to the sucess of the defense this year.

Andrew Fridley ('17) was selected as 2nd Team Linebacker. Fridley, a junior was all over the field for the Lions finding himself in the mix of the action defensively, Andrew will be a key piece of the puzzle for 2016.

Brenden Villasenor ('17) was selected as 2nd Team Offensive Line.  Brenden is just a Junior but has seen varsity action since his Freshman year.  Brenden was another key piece of the Lions run game and will be another key cog in the ongoing sucess of the Lions.

Blake Loftus ('17) was selected as 2nd Team Wide Reciever.  Loftus was the 2nd leading receiver in the MCC with 42 receptions, 460-yards, and  3-TD.  The speedy Loftus, just a Junior, is yet another athletic Lion with another year to play.

Congratulations to all the all-conference selections for 2015, see below for the full list.

 

pdf2015 MCC All Conference Team

 

Next Up: Kennewick at Lakes 11/21 - 1PM

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Kennewick (6-5) vs. Lakes (9-2)

Where, when: Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood, 1 p.m. Saturday

Weather: 50 degrees, mostly cloudy, 20 percent chance of rain

Last state appearance: Kennewick 2012 (lost to North Thurston 35-23 in Class 3A first round); Lakes 2013 (lost to Meadowdale 24-0 in Class 3A first round).

State playoff history (before 2015): Kennewick 16-16 (best finish: 1983 AAA championship, lost to Bellevue 17-14); Lakes 24-21 in 22 appearances (best finish: 1997 Class 3A championship, beat Ferndale 21-17).

Top players: Kennewick — QB Dillon Plew (117-208-4-1,375, 15 TDs); RB Ronny Loomis (113-572, 7 TDs); RB Isaac Ruiz (105-539, 4 TDs); WR Blake Loftus (42-460, 3 TDs); DB Jared Gray (4 INTs); OL/DL D.J. Dyer; DL Brendon Villasenior. Lakes — QB Jaiave Magalei (133-204-7-2,310, 21 TDs); RB Andrew Bostic (158-1,171, 9 TDs); RB Yisrael Stephens (69-619, 7 TDs); WR/LB Christopher Hunter (43-874, 6 TDs); WR Dedrian Milligan (25-439, 3 TDs); LB Elijah McMillon 11 TFL.

Quick fact: This will be the first recorded meeting between the two schools.

Up next: Winner will play host to Eastside Catholic/Bonney Lake winner.

Kennewick beats Wilson to earn quarterfinal trip

Courtesy Tri City Herald

The Lions advanced to the Class 3A state quarterfinals with a 20-13 win over Wilson on Saturday at Lampson Stadium, getting 268 rushing yards and two touchdowns from running backs Ronny Loomis and Raymond Gutierrez.

Loomis, one of the Mid-Columbia’s top returning sprinters, broke through a wall of potential tacklers early in the second quarter, busting out for a 69-yard touchdown run to give Kennewick a 7-0 lead.

“(Wilson defender) had me by my jersey, and one of my linemen took him off me. That broke me free,” said Loomis, who finished with 127 yards on just eight carries. “I felt the momentum going forward. I had faith in my linemen, and everybody else helped out.”

That gave the Lions some confidence early on that carried them through to their next score, a 1-yard touchdown run by Dillon Plew that was set up when Andrew Fridley recovered a muffed punt inside the Wilson red zone. Four plays later it was 14-0 Lions.

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“We always talk about how it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We got some things ironed out and we’re enjoying the ride right now,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “Wilson did a nice job against us. Our spread wasn’t working, so we went to more of a power game. (Lineman) D.J. Dyer and company did a nice job keeping their legs driving.”

Raymond Gutierrez added a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown, breaking out for 31 yards to make it 20-0. He finished with 141 yards on 27 carries.

Devyn Edward, a senior, had a strong day, too. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound defensive back was responsible for covering the Rams’ mammoth tight end A.J. Ruffin, a 6-4, 280-pound senior with the capability to take over a game at any moment. But Edward helped shut the big guy down, holding him to just two catches for 37 yards on the day.

“We went through some tough times since last season. Our coaches told us the only people who can beat us is ourselves,” Edward said. “We go out every day and grind. I have to give it up to our offensive and defensive lines, and everybody who did their jobs. Our running backs went beast mode. They were just balling everywhere.”

Edwards also intercepted a pass from Wilson quarterback Alex Motonaga just before the half, ending a Rams drive inside Kennewick territory.

“We just played good assignment football. We wanted to make sure Devyn stayed with Ruffin as soon as possible, especially when he wa split out,” Templeton said. “Overall, we did a nice job of doing our jobs tonight.’

Wilson made a late comeback, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull within 20-13, but Kennewick survived a failed onside kick attempt and ran out the clock to end the game.

“That last drive showed their will to win,” Rams coach Don Clegg said. “We needed to set up one more drive, but we self destructed. Sometimes teams don’t necessarily win a game as much as another team loses a game. Tonight we lost it.”

 

Wilson

0

0

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13

13

Kennewick

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7

7

6

20

SCORING PLAYS

K — Ronny Loomis 69 run (Emilio Ramos kick)

K — Dillon Plew 1 run (Ramos kick)

K — Raymond Gutierrez 31 run (kick fail)

W — Xavier Martin-Jones 7 pass from Alex Motonaga (pass fail)

W — Motonaga 2 run (Alek Greenleaf kick)

STATISTICS

RUSHING — W, X.Martin-Jones 1-4, Motonaga 12-68, Elijah Jones 11-21, Sean Domek 1-(minus 5), Jordan Robbins 1-4, team 1-(minus 17). K, Plew 7-(minus 32), Gutierrez 27-141, Loomis 8-127, Isaac Ruiz 7-13, Blake Loftus 1-(minus 3).

PASSING — W, Motonaga 10-22-1-151. K, Plew 8-13-0-66, Gutierrez 1-1-0-12.

RECEIVING — W, X.Martin-Jones 6-59, E.Jones 1-10, A.J. Ruffin 2-37, Charles Summers 1-45. K, Gutierrez 2-21, A.J. Templeton 3-29, Edward 1-8, Keyshawn Owens 1-6, Andrew Townsend 1-2, Plew 1-12.

Plew a can-do quarterback for Kennewick Lions

Courtesty Tri City Herald

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