Kennewick edges Mt. Spokane

Kennewick tops Hanford 47-28 to secure postseason berth

The Kennewick Lions are playoff bound.

Kennewick’s Ronny Loomis (11) celebrates his touchdown run in the end zone with teammate Blake Loftus during their game Friday against Hanford at Fran Rish Stadium in Richland.

Kennewick (4-5, 3-4 Mid-Columbia Conference) advances to the Class 3A regionals and will play Mount Spokane next Friday night for a berth into the state playoffs. The Lions earn the second seed thanks to winning two of their final three regular-season games.

Hanford, meanwhile, watches a promising start to its first season under coach Brett Jay fizzle down the stretch, losing its final four games to finish 4-5 overall and 2-5 in league play. The Falcons will play a nonleague crossover game at home next Friday night.

Staying the Course

It appeared about a month ago, the Lions’ playoff hopes were derailed with a 36-35 loss at Pasco. The Bulldogs scored on the final play of regulation and then converted a 2-point conversion to pull out the win. That win turned out to be the Bulldogs’ only regular-season victory.

The following week, Kennewick was beat up by league champion Richland.

But the Lions had enough down the stretch to get back to a do-or-die game in the final regular-season game. Kennewick beat Southridge 14-3 two weeks ago for its second league win. Then after Kennewick and Hanford lost last week, it was a one-game playoff on the season’s final weekend.

Starting Fast

Hanford has been a notorious slow starting team this season. However, that was not the case Friday night.

The Falcons scored two touchdowns within seconds of each other midway through the first quarter to grab a 14-7 lead. The only problem this night was Kennewick started faster. Trailing by seven, the Lions scored 16 straight points to lead 23-14 at the end of the first quarter.

After a safety got it to 14-9, Ronny Loomis scored on a 24-yard run with 1:41 left in the first quarter to give the Lions a 16-14 advantage.

Kennewick squeezed another touchdown in before the end of the first half when Raymond Gutierrez shed the Hanford defense on his way to a 33-yard scoring run.

Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers

The Hanford Falcons had six of them: three interceptions and three lost fumbles. And to only have six was fortunate. The Falcons fumbled the ball seven times in the game, but were fortunate to recover four of those.

Despite all of the turnovers, Kennewick only converted two of the six turnovers into touchdowns.

Chiawana holds off Kennewick in MCC football

Kennewick grinds out 14-3 win over Southridge

Physical Play, Stout Defense Leads Lions to Victory

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By Tri City Herald

The Kennewick Lions used tough defense and scored just enough points Friday night to beat the host Southridge Suns 14-3 in a Mid-Columbia Conference football game at Lampson Stadium.

With the victory, the Lions raise their MCC record to 2-3, tying them with Hanford for the No. 2 playoff seed.

Two weeks remain in the regular season.

Hanford plays at Walla Walla next Friday, while Kennewick hosts Chiawana.

Then, on Oct. 30, Kennewick visits Hanford.

The Lions took the lead from the outset, when Ronny Loomis scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter.

Southridge answered in the second quarter, when Hunter Spiva kicked a 37-yard field goal to cut the Lions’ lead to 7-3.

The Suns had their chances inside the red zone, but Kennewick’s defense held tough.

The Lions added another TD in the fourth quarter, as Isaac Ruiz scored on an 8-yard pass from Dillon Plew.

Ruiz finished with 65 rushing yards.

Southridge, which dropped to 1-4 in MCC play, got 92 rushing yards from Zayid Al-Ghani.

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SCORING PLAYS

K — Ronny Loomis 4 run (Emilio Ramos kick)

S — FG 37 Hunter Spiva

K — Isaac Ruiz 8 pass from Dillon Plew (Ramos kick)

STATISTICS

RUSHING — K, Ruiz 15-65, Loomis 10-45, Plew 5-19, Ramond Gutierrez 6-16, Blake Loftus 1-5. S, Zayid Al-Ghani 18-92, Derrick Gillespie 6-36, Mason Martin 6-27, Samuel Kori 7-25, Jordan Walter 4-15, Noah Weber 1-7, Gavin Willingham 1-1

PASSING — K, Plew 9-12-0-87. S, Martin 2-11-0-12.

RECEIVING — K, Devyn Edward 2-47, Gutierrez 3-26, Loftus 3-11, Garrett Dixon 1-3. S, Kori 1-8, Gillespie 1-4.

Richland spoils Kennewick homecoming, 35-7

Courtesty Tri City Herald

It didn’t take Richland long to ruin Kennewick’s homecoming.

The Bombers allowed only one first-half first down, led 28-0 at the break and the final score was the only thing left in question.

Richland cruised to a 35-7 Mid-Columbia Conference victory Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

“We wanted to start fast,” Richland coach Mike Neidhold said. “The Richland-Kennewick game can go any way. We wanted to get up quick.”

The Bombers took Neidhold’s words to heart as Lakota Wills rumbled 42 yards on Richland’s third offensive play to give the Bombers a 7-0 lead before the game was 2 minutes old.

On their next offensive possession, the Bombers built the lead to 14-0 when Paxton Stevens hit Alex Chapman for a 39-yard touchdown with 5:17 left in the first quarter.

“We wanted to get after Kennewick,” Wills said. “(Neidhold) asked me what week it was and I said ‘Kennewick week.’ He told me he better not see me wearing any orange all week.”

Wills finished with 89 yards on just eight carries and scored two touchdowns. Wills also blocked a punt that Richland’s Brad Anderson recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. Wills didn’t play a down on either offense or defense in the second half.

“He’s a workhorse,” Neidhold said. “We shut him down at halftime.”

Wills welcomed the rest.

“That last touchdown I got hit in the head and was a little dinged,” Wills said.

Kennewick didn’t record a first down in the game until under a minute to go before halftime and had only 5 yards of total offense in the first half.

Richland’s third scoring drive saw the Bombers convert three times on fourth down, the biggest one coming when punter Ryan Wolski took off around the left end and ran for 22 yards on a fake punt. The final fourth down conversion came when Wills barely got into the end zone on a 1-yard plunge.

Kennewick went three and out before Wills broke free and smothered Lion punter Dillon Plew’s punt and it bounced into the end zone for a score, making it 28-0 with 1:21 before halftime.

Linebackers Wills and Brecken Galliher were instrumental in Richland defensive effort in the first half.

Kennewick’s only touchdown came when Robbie Loomis picked off a Stevens pass that bounced off the chest of the intended receiver, and Loomis grabbed it out of the air and cruised in for a 10-yard touchdown return.

Richland’s final score came when Stevens ran it in from the 6 with 11:20 left in the game.

Richland raised its record to 5-1 overall , 3-0 in MCC play, while Kennewick drops to 2-4, 1-3 in MCC play.