Myles Mayovsky Looking To Become A Household Name - Cascadia Preps

2022 Kennewick (Wash.) running back Myles Mayovsky has his eyes set on being one of the best prospects to come out of the Tri-Cities in a long time.

He’s off to a great start, as he’s set to be the workhorse back for one of the top 3A teams this year in Kennewick High School, and he already holds a Division I offer from Louisiana.

“Receiving these looks this early is very exciting, but I just have to keep waking up early and working out no matter what,” Mayovsky said. “I’m not expecting anything, I’m just going to work hard and hopefully it’ll pay off.”

This past Friday, Mayovksy took his game to a new level during a grind-it-out, 17-13 victory over the Hanford Falcons. He would carry the ball an astounding 30 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite being more of a balanced receiver last year, Mayovsky says that he’s totally embracing his new bell cow role, and he’s ready to help his team in anyway he can this season.

With his athletic 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame, Mayovsky doesn’t quite fit the profile of what you’d think a running back would look like. You might think he resembles more of a receiver or baseball outfielder (another sport he’s getting D1 looks at).

Mayovsky has all the traits you’re looking for in a power five caliber tailback. With his speed, strength, and downhill mindset.

Despite being talented in multiple sports, Mayovsky loves football the most, and that’s the sport he’ll be pursuing heavily going forward.

Right now he’s receiving a host of interest from Division I programs across the country. Some of those schools include Louisiana (who have already offered him), Louisiana State, Notre Dame, and Washington State.

You might think it’s strange that a player from the Tri-Cities is drawing heavy interest from a university that’s over 2000 miles away. But there’s a lot of power in connections, and Mayvosky has a good one with his personal trainer.

“I work out in the morning with my trainer Steve Whitehead, and he knows the coaches [In Louisiana] pretty well,” Mayovsky said. “He told them, ‘I have a kid that’s been working out at my gym since 6th grade, his name’s Myles, and it’s been nothing but good.’”

Anytime you’ve got a young player with a great frame, great work ethic, and also some tremendous tape so far, It’s pretty easy to understand why Louisiana was so quick to get on board.

It’s still undecided what position he’ll play at the next level, because he has the build to be both a linebacker and offensive player. Right now colleges are pretty split down the middle on which side of the ball they want him on.

But as good as the recruiting has been recently for him, right now Mayovsky’s sole focus is helping the Kennewick Lions reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2015.

There’s plenty of things to like about this years team; With their top tier offensive-line, and array of playmakers on both sides of the ball.

The stars appear to be aligning for Kennewick to make a state title run, but the road is not without potholes.

One of the biggest challenges for them is coming up this week, when they travel to the 4A powerhouse Chiawana Riverhawks. It’s a team highly capable of slowing down their momentum.

“We’re really confident, but we just have to stay humble, especially with Chiawana coming up this Friday,” Mayovsky said.

This Kennewick-Chiawana matchup is as good as it comes in the Tri-Cities this week, and Mayovsky and his crew will be looking to put out a breakout performance.

Kennewick High Lions returning with all-star football talent - TC Herald

Just watching a Kennewick High football practice can be exhausting.

There is no walking. Every drill is timed down to the second.

Groups are broken off separately all over the football field.

Welcome to the new way, under new Lions head coach Randy Affholter — who is by no means a rookie at this.

Affholter was hired this spring to replace Bill Templeton, who stepped down last November after 17 years as head coach of his alma mater.

When the job came open, Affholter — who was the head coach at Ellensburg for 22 years and a head coach for 26 years overall — applied.

He has brought an energy to the practices and workouts, which is to get as much work done as efficiently as possible.

“The first two weeks of spring ball, we didn’t do any offense or defense,” Affholter said. “We went through our practice routine.”

Now, in late August, it’s about X’s and O’s — and caring about kids.

“For me, personally, when I get done at the end of a season, I let (the season) go. Sometimes I don’t look at it until around Christmas break,” he said. “But then I ask myself, ‘Did we improve? Did we get better over the season?’ But my biggest goal with the kids, is if I teach them more than just football, then I’m happy.”

Winning can also make everyone happy.

Last season, the Lions tied with Kamiakin, Hermiston and Hanford for third place in the Mid-Columbia Conference standings at 5-3 (6-4 overall) and made an appearance in the Class 3A regionals.

And there are seven all-stars returning this season.

“We have a lot of kids who played last year,” said Affholter. “They’ve had some success. Now the trick is getting them to think more. Think about when you’re on defense, what the offense is trying to do. When you’re on offense, why a defense is lined up like it is. Football is a thinking man’s game.”

5 things to think about with the Kennewick Lions this season:

1. What to do with Blaine Chavez?

Obviously, play him at quarterback, which is what he did last season. He also played in the secondary on defense, and returned punts.

Affholter wants to put the reins on Chavez a bit because he’s so valuable at QB.

“He’ll play both sides of the ball. But we’ve got to be smart,” said Affholter.

That means giving Chavez a rest if the opponent has the ball deep in its own territory.

“And he’s off of special teams,” said Affholter.

At all times, protect the quarterback.

2. Seven all-stars.

Chavez was a first-team MCC defensive back last season. He was co-leader in interceptions with six.

Jagger Childs was a first-team defensive lineman, and Affholter expects him to go both ways at tight end and defensive end.

Then there are the McElroy twins — Baylor and Baiden. Both are 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, and senior offensive linemen. Baylor was second-team MCC last season, while Baiden was honorable mention.

This season, Affholter has Baylor at right guard, while Baiden will protect Chavez’s blind side at left tackle.

“They are great. They’re so smart,” Affholter said. “We have been very impressed with them. They ask the right questions. I wish I had them for more than this year.”

Myles Mayovsky was an honorable mention selection last season as a freshman running back. He was tied for second in the MCC with 14 touchdowns, and was fourth in both rushing (812 yards) and all-purpose yards (1,047).

“He will be our running back. He’ll get the majority of carries,” said Affholter. “But we’ll have others carry it too. We know this league is physical.”

Linebacker Kaleb Stevenson was the team’s leading tackler last year, and a second-team MCC pick. Affholter needs him on the field more.

“Kaleb willl play tailback when Myles isn’t, he’ll play some fullback, and inside linebacker,” he said. “He’s a good kid.”

And senior Cody LaFontaine returns as an honorable mention defensive back.

3. Think Prosser when you think of the Lions’ new offense.

Actually, that’s not fair. Affholter has been running the same offensive system the last eight to 10 years at Ellensburg.

“I talked to Tom Moore about his offense when he retired at Prosser,” he said. “We’ve been running it. It’s a similar style, multiple sets, and we’ll take what you give us.”

It’s reacting to what the defense is doing — they take away the run, then pass; they try to shut down the passing game, run the ball.

4. Expect the defensive unit to be fast.

All seven of those all-stars should be involved with the defense in one varying degree or another.

“Defensively, we’ll bring the stuff we did for Ellensburg, using a 3-4 base defense, but with packages,” said Affholter.

5. Living around a construction site will test mental toughness.

Kennewick High is getting a new campus.

But the students will be living around it all school year, attending classes in some old buildings, the old Fruitland building and in numerous portables. It’ll create some distractions, but these Lions should be able to fight through it.

“The kids have handled it great,” said Affholter. “The head coach is going crazy. We’ve been moving our equipment around.”

In fact, the team will have to move their equipment a third time in the near future. That’s just the way it is, said Affholter.

“It’s gonna be great when it’s all done,” he said. “The administration has been great. They’ve gotten us at Eastgate Elementary when we have to practice offsite.”

That will happen a lot, since Lampson Stadium is also used by other sports teams at Kennewick, Kamiakin and Southridge high schools.

Jeff Morrow is former sports editor for the Tri-City Herald.

2019 KEHS Football

March 7th, 2019

LION PARENTS AND ATHLETES:

Temperatures are up, the wind is blowing, spring is in the air, and football is just around the corner.  Spring drills, passing tournaments, and summer camp are the kickoff events for the upcoming 2019 football season.  These activities are extremely important for the development and success of individual players as well as the football team as a whole.  All potential football players, from incoming freshman to seniors, are encouraged to participate in these events.

“Reminders”

1)   There will be an informational meeting for freshman through senior players & parents on Wednesday, March 27th , at 5:30 pm in the gym (Lions Den).  

 

2)   All athletes participating in spring football or summer camp will need to get CLEARED from the athletic office.  You may pick up the sport packets from the athletic office beginning May 1st, 2019.  All athletes will need to be cleared & turned in before they are issued equipment.  Equipment will be issued at the following times:

  • May 21st 3:00 pm – RETURNING LETTERMAN, SR., JR., & SO.
  • May 22nd 3:00 pm – FRESHMAN

 

3)   Equipment not issued but required for spring drills, summer camp, and fall practices is:

  • BLACK GYM SHORTS & BLACK PRACTICE SHIRT – order on-line March 11th – 18th
  • BASKETBALL OR VOLLEYBALL KNEE PADS

 

4)   Spring football drill dates are:

  • Tuesday, May 28th through Friday, May 31st
  • Monday, June 3rd  through Thursday, June 6th

 

The team will also attend a summer football camp on the campus of Central Washington University.  The date for summer camp is:  Saturday, June 22NDThe cost of this year’s camp is $75.00, which covers the camp, lunch, and bus travel.  Camp brochures may be picked up from Coach Browning or the Athletic Office.  Submit your application form and payment to the Athletic Office between May 21st  & June 12th.

 

To receive information on your phone by text message:

Type in this number: 81010

Type in this message: @ekufb and hit send

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES SUMMARY

 

March, 11th – 18th      Order on-line spirit pack: Black shorts & shirt (They will be mandatory for spring practice and any team activities)

 

May 21st                    Camp payment and application form due to Athletic Office

March 27th                Informational Meeting

  • Freshman – Seniors, 5:30 pm, Gym
  • Players & Parents

May 21st – 22nd          Equipment issued – Must be Cleared

  • Tuesday, May 21st - 3:00 PM – Returning letterman, seniors, juniors, and sophomores
  • Wednesday, May 22nd - 3:00 PM – Freshman

May 28th – May 31st  Football Drills – Must have practice gear: Black shorts/Black shirt

June 3rd – 6th             Football Drills

June 1st                       7 on 7 – Lampson Stadium – Varsity, JV& C

June 8th                       11 on 11 – Lampson Stadium – Varsity, JV, & C

June 12th & 13th         Team activities: June 13th 11 on 11 with Hanford High

June 17th & 20th         Team activities: prep for CWU team camp

June 22nd                    CWU Summer Football Camp - $75.00 (includes: camp fee, bus, & lunch)

                                    Proof of Insurance – Copy of Card

                                    Copy of Physical

                                    Checks Payable to Kennewick Athletic Booster Club

 

July 10th & 17th          7 on 7 – 6:00-8:00 pm

 

July 23rd – 24th           Team Mini-Camp – 6:00-8:00 pm

June 25th – August 20th         Summer Conditioning - $50.00

                                                Checks payable to Kennewick Athletic Booster Club

  • Sophomores – Seniors
  • Monday – Friday 7:30 – 8:45 am
  • Freshman
  • Monday – Friday – 9:00 – 10:00 am

Thanks – Coaching Staff

2019 Spirit Pack Orders Due 3/18!

2019-20 Lions!

Spirit pack order due by Monday, March 18th

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Affholter New Head Lion!

Affholter leaving Ellensburg football for Kennewick

Coach Takes Over For Outgoing Templeton

The architect of Ellensburg’s CWAC dynasty will be leaving for Kennewick in search of a new challenge.

Randy Affholter confirmed Thursday’s he’s stepping down as the Bulldogs’ coach after 22 years to take the same position for the Lions, replacing longtime coach Bill Templeton. The Bulldogs won seven league titles while compiling a record of 162-76 under Affholter and reached the state tournament 10 times, including four semifinal appearances.

“It was tough (to leave),” Affholter said. “To be honest with you, my wife and I debated it for quite some time when the job was posted down there.”

Seattle Seahawks director of pro personnel Nolan Teasley called his four years with Affholter from 1998-2001 the most fun he ever had playing football. As a running back, Teasley set a school record his junior year and then broke it again as a senior when the Bulldogs reached the Class 3A state tournament.

After graduating, Teasley went on to play at Central Washington and kept working out with Affholter in the offseason. At one point, Teasley said as many as 10 Wildcats football players joined Affholter, who would run and lift weights alongside the Division II student-athletes.

“He had a huge influence on the direction that my life went just in terms of instilling some work ethic and focus and understanding what it took to be successful,” Teasley said. “Not just in football but in life.”

Ellensburg athletic director Cole Kanyer, who played slot receiver and linebacker before graduating with Teasley, voiced similar sentiments about the lessons he learned from Affholter. That impact spread well beyond football players, since Affholter shared his wealth of strength and conditioning knowledge with the entire athletic program.

He continues to teach those classes along with a recently added yoga class and hopes to continue in a similar leadership role at Kennewick. Kanyer said Affholter’s drive to improve and learn more about football and strength and conditioning always brought the best out of Ellensburg’s athletes, making him difficult to replace.

“It was a pretty serious surprise,” Kanyer said. “He’s been such an important piece of our athletic program in general that it’s sad to see him go.”

But Kanyer’s also excited to see what Affholter can do in Kennewick, where he’ll take on the challenge of leading a bigger school, handling a bigger staff and competing with 4A powerhouses like Chiawana and 2017 state champion Richland in the Mid-Columbia League. Ellensburg enjoyed an impressive run of dominance in the CWAC, especially when it completed four straight unbeaten seasons en route to three 2A semifinal appearances from 2013-2016.

“It was a lot of fun,” Affholter said. “Obviously we had a run of really good kids and when you have really good kids they make you a really great coach pretty dang fast.”

The program took a suprising step back in 2017, when an 0-6 start ended a streak of 13 straight winning seasons. Affholter’s team bounced back last fall, reaching the CWAC title game and then pulling off an upset at No. 5 seed West Valley-Spokane to reach the 2A quarterfinals.

As he watched TV in the living room with his wife on Thanksgiving, they discussed plans to eventually retire and move south to live someplace warmer, such as Arizona. But when Affholter started searching for jobs there, it was the opening for Kennewick that popped up on the computer screen and caught his eye.

The job proved to be the right fit for his family and the quest for new challenges, so he’s eager to start commuting to the Tri-Cities this spring before leaving Ellensburg at the end of the school year. Teasley seemed unsurprised Affholter wants to move up a classification and said much of the football knowledge that helps him identify pro talent comes from his old high school coach.

“He just always kind of instilled kind of a first man in, last man out (mentality),” Teasley said. “Be unwilling to settle for less. Work as hard as you possibly can.”

Affholter said a strong senior class next fall should leave the Bulldogs’ new coach with an excellent roster, and Kanyer expects it to be an attractive job. But he also understands it won’t be easy to find someone who can match Affholter’s wide-ranging influence on the football team and Ellensburg’s athletic community.

Chavez AP All-State Honarable Mention - 3A Defensive Back

Player of the year: Sam Adams II, jr., Eastside Catholic.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Quarterback — Hunter Campau, sr., Timberline.

Running backs — Sam Adams, jr., Eastside Catholic; Dontae McMillan, sr., Chief Sealth.

Wide receivers — Julien Simon, soph., Lincoln; Gee Scott, jr., Eastside Catholic.

Tight end — D.J. Rogers, jr., Eastside Catholic.

Offensive line — Johnny Barthel, sr., Bellevue; Nathaniel Kalepo, sr., Rainier Beach; Owen Prentice, sr., O’Dea; Jason Mederios, sr., Eastside Catholic; Giovonni White, sr., Lincoln.

Kicker — No nominees.

Defense

Defensive line — J.T. Tuimoloau, soph., Eastside Catholic; Alexx Schmidt, sr., O’Dea; Alan Fischer, sr., Lakes; Giovonni White, sr., Lincoln.

Linebackers — Orin Patu, sr., Rainier Beach; Ruperake Fuavai, sr., O’Dea; Drew Fowler, sr., Bellevue; Derrick Platt, sr., Yelm.

Defensive backs — Mishael Powell, sr., O’Dea; Ayden Hector, jr., Eastside Catholic; Julien Simon; soph., Lincoln; Michael Bolds, sr., Mountain View.

Punter — Joey Ryan, sr., Lake Washington.

HONORABLE MENTION

Quarterbacks — Burke Griffin, sr., Peninsula; Caden Filer, jr., Lincoln.

Running backs — Capassio Cherry, sr., Edmonds-Woodway; Alex Refilong, sr., Central Kitsap; Alex Reid, jr., Bellevue.

Wide receivers — Kodee Gifford, sr., Yelm; Chris Penner, sr., Capital.

Offensive line — Levani Eneliko, sr., Lake Washington; Alan Fischer, sr., Lakes; Jayden Simon, sr., Lincoln; Geirean Hatchett, jr., Ferndale; Kobe Anderson, sr., Mountain View; Jacob Dimond, sr., Yelm.

Defensive line — Todd Johnson, sr., Kelso; Joseph Toilolo, sr., Mount Spokane; Jayden Simon, sr., Lincoln; Mason Bertelli, sr., Capital.

Linebackers — Sav’ell Smalls, jr., Garfield; Riley Noah, sr., Kelson; Jamin Fa’alogo, sr., Timberline.

Defensive backs — Daeshawn Wayne, sr., Lakes; Colton Steepy, sr., Timberline; Blaine Chavez, jr., Kennewick.

Punter — Burke Griffin, sr.; Peninsula.

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Kennewick comes up short of knocking off Mt. Spokane

Bill Templeton’s Kennewick Lions have been a scrappy bunch all season.

So why should Friday night against a powerful Mt. Spokane team be any different?

The Lions couldn’t hold a halftime lead and ended up falling to the visiting Wildcats 21-14 in a 3A regional game at Lampson Stadium.

“Our guys did a nice job,” said Templeton. “(Mt. Spokane) has a very good defense. We just left a couple of plays on the field in the second half.”

The visiting Wildcats dominated statistically everywhere except the most important place: the scoreboard.

Mt. Spokane outgained Kennewick 389 yards to 106. The Wildcats ran 74 offensive plays (63 runs) to the Lions’ 45.

And they held on to the football over twice as long as Kennewick had it. Mt. Spokane’s time of possession was 33 minutes and 51 seconds, to Kennewick’s 14:09.

But the Lions were always within just one play of getting even with the Wildcats.

In fact, Kennewick led 14-7 at the half.

After Mt. Spokane quarterback Brady Hill gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead on a 23-yard TD scamper, the Lions immediately responded when Talon LaFontaine returned the ensuing kickoff 83 yards down to the 5. One play later, Kennewick QB Blaine Chavez bulled into the end zone for a 7-7 tie.

In the second quarter, the Lions defense forced three turnovers, and capitalized on one of them.

Chavez dived into the end zone for a TD from the 1, completing a 7-play, 35-yard drive, for a 14-7 Kennewick lead with 7:45 left until intermission.

It stayed that way until the second half, when the Wildcats opened the third quarter with a 56-yard drive using eight plays, culminating with big, bruising back Jeter Schuerman scoring on a 16-yard run to tie the game at 14-14.

Two drives later the Wildcats – using, ironically, the Wildcat formation with Schuerman at the helm – drove 50 yards on six plays, with Hill scoring from the 1 for the go-ahead points and what proved to be an insurmountable 21-14 lead. On the drive, Schuerman ran the other five plays, picking up 49 yards.

The Lions couldn’t make anything happen in the second half, going 3-and-out on their first four possessions. They were able to cobble together two first downs on their last drive, but couldn’t get any closer than the Wildcats’ 32.

And the Kennewick defense was out on the field so long, it just wore down.

“They’re a quality program,” Templeton said of Mt. Spokane. “We’ll be OK. This is a part of life. They’ll remember the friendships they made on this team.”

The Lions finish 6-4, and they had some quality wins over fellow Mid-Columbia Conference 3A schools Hermiston and Kamiakin. And of the 59 players on Kennewick’s varsity roster, only 13 graduate next June.

NOTES: Schuerman finished with 139 yards rushing for the Wildcats (8-2), who await their ranking and pairing announcement on Sunday. … DL Bryan Knapik led Kennewick’s defense with 13 tackles (3 for loss) and a forced fumble. DL Jagger Child’s added 6 tackles (2 for loss) and two hurries, while DB Cody LaFontaine had 7 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Lions Secure Top 3A Seed With Win Over Southridge

Kennewick grabbed the top Class 3A MCC regional playoff spot when two things happened Friday: The Lions beat Southridge 41-7, and Kamiakin defeated Hermiston 34-27.

The loss eliminated Hermiston from any postseason play, while Kamiakin grabs the MCC’s No. 2 Class 3A regional playoff berth.

In Spokane on Friday, Shadle Park upset Mt. Spokane 14-11, giving Shadle Park the Greater Spokane League’s No. 1 3A regional berth, while Mt. Spokane takes No. 2.

So the regional playoffs on Friday, Nov. 2, will have Kennewick playing host to Mt. Spokane at 7 p.m. at Lampson Stadium, and Kamiakin traveling to play Shadle Park at 7:30 p.m. at Joe Albi Stadium.

In Kennewick’s victory over Southridge, freshman Myles Mayovsky rushed for 111 yards on 18 carries, and he scored two touchdowns.

Lions QB Blaine Chavez had TD passes of 40 and 29 yards. He also ran in a touchdown from the 1.

Kennewick vs. Kamiakin 2018 Video Recap - TC Herald

Kennewick holds on for rare win over Kamiakin

This Kennewick High football team seems to have a flare for the dramatic.

And whatever was left of your fingernails from watching the first three games of the year, was definitely gone by the time the final buzzer sounded at Lampson Stadium on Friday night.

The Lions survived a mad scramble at the end to pull out a 21-19, come-from-behind win over rival Kamiakin to even their season record at 2-2. The win was the Lions’ first over the Braves since 2012.

“We are definitely going to enjoy this one tonight,” said Kennewick senior Talon LaFontaine. “But we need to keep building on this.”

Kennewick (2-2, 2-2) started the season 0-2, but has beaten Mid-Columbia Conference newcomer Hermiston and rival Kamiakin in consecutive weeks heading into a non-conference game against Davis next week.

“I am just really proud of our guys for battling out there,” said Kennewick coach Bill Templeton. “They just kept playing; I just proud of them.”

Kamiakin (2-2, 2-1), coming off an impressive win last week against Hanford, put together a final drive that had the crowd at Lampson on the edge of their seats. The game went down to the final play, with LaFontaine leaping in front of Jaxson Nichols in the end zone for an interception as time expired.

It was the Lions third interception of the night.

Trailing 21-19, Lucas Castilleja and the Braves got the ball with 1:45 remaining back at their own 11-yard line. After a holding penalty on the first play, the Braves needed a big third-down conversion just to get it started.


But after that first hiccup, the Braves got rolling and were at the Kennewick 15-yard line with 20 seconds remaining. But a huge sack and then LaFontaine’s interception ended the comeback bid.

“We just had to keep playing hard and just get a few stops, and we did,” LaFontaine said.

Kamiakin took a 13-7 halftime lead, but some early adjustments helped jumpstart the Lions offense. Atticus Templeton, who spent the first half at wide receiver, took over at quarterback. He helped lead the Lions to a quick touchdown to take the lead at 14-13 with 9:56 left in the third quarter.

Blaine Chavez came in on a key third down and completed a 36-yard pass to LaFontaine. Then on the next play, Templeton connected with Myles Mayovsky for a 12-yard touchdown.

Chavez had another key completion late in the third quarter, hitting LaFontaine again, this time for a 27- yard touchdown to push the Lions lead to 21-13.

“We put (Templeton) in for a change a pace in the second half,” Bill Templeton said. “But I cannot say enough about Blaine, he came in and made some great throws.”

Media: Kennewick @ Hermiston Recap - Eastern Oregonian

The Hermiston Bulldogs were pulled back to earth Friday night by the Kennewick Lions.

After winning their first two Mid-Columbia Conference games, the Bulldogs dropped a 26-25 game to the Lions. A chance to win the game late was foiled by as a bad snap on a 38-yard field goal by Juan Carlos Navarrete with 50.2 seconds left on the clock gave Kennewick its first win of the season at Kennison Field.

“That’s part of football,” Hermiston coach David Faaeteete said. “We didn’t do a good job of bouncing back after a big win over Richland last week. Kennewick is a good football team and they came to play.”

The Lions, who blocked two PATS, recorded a safety, and ran a fake punt for a touchdown, scored with 4:13 left in the fourth quarter to take a 26-25 lead.

“We needed every play today,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “We just beat a good football team. I couldn’t be more proud of our boys.”

Kennewick freshman Myles Mayovsky, who ran for 169 yards on the night, scored the final touchdown, and Ethan Woolery put the PAT though the uprights for the one-point lead.

“He has been the man since he was 5 years old,” Templeton said of Mayovsky.

Trailing 13-10 at the half, the Lions turned a fourth-and-6 at the Hermiston 48 into a fake punt. Talon LaFontaine connected with Blaine Chavez for a touchdown and a 17-13 lead.

Wyatt Noland, who ran for 120 yards on the night, picked up 25 for a Bulldogs’ touchdown on the ensuing possession, but a blocked PAT left Hermiston with a 19-17 lead.

With 9:47 remaining in regulation, the Lions took down Andrew James in the end zone to tie the score at 19.

Hermiston went back out front 25-19 as James ran the ball in from 13 yards out. The Bulldogs went for two, put the pass failed.

“That’s the way football goes,” Faaeteete said. “Our kids will be hungry next week (at Walla Walla). We will learn from our loss and poor execution. This is just a bump in the road.”

The Bulldogs took a 13-10 lead at the half with both teams getting big yardage out of their signature backs.

Hermiston’s Noland ran for 84 yards on 10 carries, and helped set up the Bulldogs’ first touchdown, a 21-yard pass from James to Jordan Ramirez 3 1/2 minutes into the game.

Mayovsky, who had 94 yards in the first half, had two runs of 14 yards on Kennewick’s first drive that put the Lions in the red zone.

JJ Rodriguez ran the ball in from 10 yards out for a 7-7game with 4:37 left in the first.

The Bulldogs struck once again in the first to take a 13-7 lead.

After Kennewick turned the ball over on downs deep in its own end, Hermiston scored two plays later as James connected with Youbani Razon for a 10-yard scoring pass. The kicked was block.

The Lions came back with a 27-yard field goal from Ethan Woolery to pull within 13-10.

Lions Notch First Win 26-25 over Hermiston

Kennewick 26, Hermiston 25: Freshman Myles Mayovsky ran for 169 yards and a touchdown, and the Lions got big plays on special teams and defense in the MCC victory.

Kennewick blocked two extra points and scored on a fake punt, and kicker Ethan Woolery converted his three PATs and connected on a 27-yard field goal. The Lions defense scored a safety to start the fourth quarter.

Hermiston QB Andrew James threw for a pair of scores and ran for another, racking up 244 yards of offense.

The Bulldogs had a shot at a 38-yard field goal with 50 seconds left, but a bad snap spoiled the opportunity.

Kennewick quarterback is making up for lost time

He missed nearly all last season. This Kennewick quarterback is making up for lost time

After a strong sophomore season in 2016 in which he ran for 10 touchdowns and passed for another 16 as Kennewick’s quarterback, A.J. broke his ankle in the 2017 season opener against Prosser.

His season was lost.

“It was a very tough year,” said his father, Bill Templeton, who also happens to be Kennewick’s head football coach. “He almost got to come back last year against Shadle Park (in the regional playoff crossover). He was running with no pain. But on the second to last play the night before we played the game, he goofed it up again running out of bounds.”

This season, as a senior, A.J. Templeton is making up for lost time.

“I definitely feel like I have to play for two seasons,” he admitted.

When football — something you love to play with all of your heart — has been taken away, you learn to appreciate it.

“It’s one of the only sports where legally you can hit someone and not get into trouble,” said A.J., who will also play in the defensive secondary this season besides quarterbacking. “I love the strategy to it. It’s the ultimate team sport, and it feels like a brotherhood.”

He learned to love the game at an early age.

His father was a star running back in the mid-1980s for legendary coach Ed Troxel at Kennewick High. His grandfather is the equally legendary Craig Beverlin, the former longtime head coach at Kamiakin.

“We were doing throwing drills when he was 3,” said Bill Templeton.

The whole father-son dynamic with dad as head coach and son as star athlete has been handled by both with grace.

“First of all, he is just a quality person,” said Bill. “He’s fun to be around. But it’s a strange dynamic sometimes. I’ll get after him when he doesn’t do something correct with his footwork. He’s told me he calls me ‘Coach’ when he’s mad at me.”

That happens rarely now, admits A.J.

“I feel in terms of our relationship, we don’t let what happens on the field affect us,” he said. “When I was younger, I felt I had to prove myself to my teammates more than maybe I needed to. But now, we’re just teammates first.”

Sometimes time gives a better perspective.

What hasn’t changed is the son knows the football X’s and O’s like the back of his hand.

“I know the offense pretty well,” said A.J. “I know what the linemen, all receivers and running backs are supposed to be doing on each play.”

The journey to get back on the football field after a lost 2017 was too long not to savor what happens this season.

“That was really hard,” A.J. admits. “I felt I kept positive through most of it. But it was hard to watch from the sidelines, watching everyone struggle and I couldn’t be on the field with them.”

But he put in the work.

“I had a lot of rehab,” he said. “I went to Elite Ambitions Training, which helped me a lot to get through rehab. It got my strength level back to where it needed to be.”

He got his weight up to 195, and turned out for track – which helped with his speed.

He now weighs 183 pounds, which should help him break tackles when he runs.

“His progress this summer was great,” said Bill. “He loves football. He’d like to go someplace like Whitworth. But when you lose your junior season, we don’t know what that does (for recruiting interest).”

A good postseason run with his Kennewick teammates should answer that question.

NOTES

DL Jagger Childs was honorable mention All-MCC last season as a sophomore. He’s 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and getting interest from Washington State and Utah already. He’s also the son of Ron Childs, a former standout at running back and linebacker at Kamiakin, then a star linebacker at WSU before playing for the Tri-Cities Fever. Ron Child’s is also an assistant coach for Kennewick High. ... OL Baylor McElroy was honorable mention All-MCC last season as a sophomore. He has a twin brother, Baiden. Both are 6-5, and Baiden weighs 250 while Baylor is 260. Both should start on the line. … Seniors Danny Schuldheisz and Izaiah Canada should anchor the O-line. … A.J. Templeton will look to seniors Manny Flores and Talon LaFontaine as his main receiving targets. … Besides Childs, the Lions will have a number of other juniors starting on defense, including FS Blaine Chavez and LB Kaleb Stevenson. “Brayden McCarley is a hard-nosed senior and linebacker,” said Bill Templeton. … Cedric Riel and Moses McAninch, standouts last season, graduated and are playing for Eastern Oregon University.

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Idaho Team Camp Itinerary & What to Bring

See below for the 2018 Idaho Team Camp Itinerary and team Groupings.  GO Lions!

pdf2018 Team Camp Itinerary

pdfTeam Camp Groupings

pdfWhat to Bring to Camp

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What to Bring to Camp:


Gear: Cleats, Full Gear / Practice Jersey / Mouth Piece, etc. We will hand out new shorts/T-shirts before we leave on Monday.

Personal Items: bedding, pillow, towels and toiletries. There are laundry facilities if needed.

Misc: Some Spending Money (for snacks, Idaho SWAG,) Your own snacks (if you’d like)

For Monday – We are leaving at 9:00 am. Please bring some food to snack on throughout the day – Idaho isn’t feeding us until dinner.

College Showcase in Spokane @ Whitworth

Pro Vision Spokane Showcase

Football players entering grades 10-12 in the fall 2018 are invited to participate in a OPTIONAL 1-Day Non-Contact Camp on Saturday, June 9th 2018. Cost of the camp is $95

The event is hosted by Whitworth University and will feature representatives from the following colleges:

WSU
UW
Idaho
Eastern Wash
Whitworth
UPS
Montana Western

For more information see the attached flyer or contact coach Templeton

KEHS v Pasco - TC Herald Video

 

Kennewick rolls Pasco, into postseason with Kamiakin win over Southridge

Offensively, a maligned Kennewick unit moved the ball at will against Pasco’s defense. The offensive line blasted open truck-sized gaps up front, and fullback JJ Rodriguez (nine carries for 82 yards) and tailback Cedric Riel (10 carries, 55 yards, three touchdowns) took advantage.

“It’s very exciting,” said Riel, a senior. “Our season took a huge, positive turn last week, and it’s all about just carrying that momentum into next week. This is probably the last game I’m going to play in this stadium, and it couldn’t have gone any better.”

With the running game picking up yards in chunks, quarterback Tim Gee had his best game of the season. The junior completed 10 of 16 passes for 122 yards, with no interceptions, and found Zenon Thornton 3 times for 63 yards, which included a 21-yard scoring strike

The victory kept Kennewick alive for the conference’s second and final 3A postseason berth. The Lions (3-6, 2-5) needed No. 5 Kamiakin (7-1, 5-1) to beat Southridge (3-5, 2-4) later Thursday to clinch their spot.

 

The Kennewick High School football team came into Thursday night’s matchup against Pasco with a goal in mind: Stop the run.

Mission accomplished.

The Lions defense only allowed Pasco’s feature running back Efrain Farias to four carries of more than four yards — just one before the subs entered in the fourth quarter — as he finished with 74 yards on 22 totes, and Kennewick took down Pasco 35-7 in a must-win, MCC season finale game at Lampson Stadium.

“Coach (Oliver) Browning and the rest of the defensive staff worked very, very hard this week,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “Our kids are more and more and more starting to learn our scheme and our fits, our coverages. We’re doing things at the right time.”

Kennewick beat Southridge 12-7 last week to stay in playoff contention

“It’s the first win streak of the year,” Templeton said. “We’ll enjoy it right now, then get back to work tomorrow. We’re Braves fans for the next 3 hours or so, and we’ll see what happens.”

As poor as the result turned out to be for the Bulldogs (0-9, 0-7), they started the game with a flurry.

Kennewick received the opening kickoff and drove into Pasco territory on just three plays, but Jose Moreno-Gudino stripped the ball on a run by Rodriguez, and Farias recovered to change possession. Pasco then drove 69 yards in 8 minutes, 30 seconds, with Kason Tate hitting on 5 of 5 passes for 56 yards and finding Brandon Scott on a 6-yard fade route to take a 7-0 lead.

“I feel after the first drive we kind of woke up,” said Kennewick defensive lineman and fullback Moses McAninch, who finished with two tackles for loss and three catches for 26 yards. “Playing Thursday at 5 ain’t the best feeling, but I feel like that woke us up a bit. We got the run in check, which forced them to rely on the pass more, screens and such.”

Tate struggled from there, completing just one of seven passes for 2 yards and a pick to close the half, and the Lions scored 28 unanswered points to take a three-touchdown lead into the locker room that would never be threatened.

Riel popped his third touchdown of the game in, from 4 yards out, with 11 minutes to play, which capped the scoring and turned out to be the only points of the second half.

Tate finished the game with 141 yards on 20 of 34 passing, but was intercepted by Tucker Newman, Emilio Ramos and Joey Garza.

Kennewick ekes past Southridge 12-7, still alive for postseason berth

Members of the Kennewick Lions football team knew how big their 12-7 Mid-Columbia Conference victory over Southridge was on Friday night.

That explains the revelry in the locker room afterward at Lampson Stadium, with players dancing, singing to music and generally howling at the moon.

“It’s the playoffs for us,” said Lions coach Bill Templeton.

Southridge entered Friday’s game with a 2-3 MCC record (3-4 overall), while Kennewick was 0-5 MCC (1-6 overall).

The Suns just needed a win over the Lions to clinch the MCC’s No. 2 Class 3A berth for the upcoming crossover playoff with the Greater Spokane League.

Didn’t happen.

The Lions still need to beat Pasco next Thursday at 5 p.m. — part of a rescheduled Thursday night doubleheader at Lampson Stadium, with Kamiakin hosting Southridge at 8 — but they have the inside track to the playoffs now.

The win didn’t come easy for Kennewick, which trailed 7-0 at intermission, thanks to a 9-yard Mason Perez TD run.

But it could have been much worse. The Lions fumbled the football away three times in the first half. But the Kennewick defensive unit stood tough. Southridge had the ball inside the red zone three times in the first half and failed to come away with a score of any kind.

“We chose to go with the wind in the third quarter,” said Southridge coach Aaron Sonichsen. “We thought we could put it in the end zone a few more times and put them away. But we didn’t get it done.”

The Lions defense continued to play well.

“Coach (Oliver) Browning (the Lions’ defensive coordinator) did a great job with the game plan,” said Templeton. “And the kids made plays.”

Starting with Cedric Riel. The Lions senior starred on both sides of the ball, rushing for 121 yards on 23 carries, and making nine tackles, breaking up a pass, and intercepting another pass.

“This is the best,” said Riel, looking around the locker room at his teammates celebrating. “This is my last season of football and it’s do or die. Offensively, we wanted to get run production.”

Kennewick got some when Riel scored in the third quarter on a 12-yard run, but the Lions couldn’t convert the extra-point kick to still trail 7-6.

It took a huge play by teammate Emilio Ramos to get Kennewick over the hump late in the game.

With just under 6 minutes to play, the Suns had the ball at their own 3 heading into a constant 20 mph headwind that sometimes gusted up to 30 mph.

Trying to be cautious, the Suns tried running the ball, handing it to Hayden Brimberry — who had a strong performance with 68 yards rushing.

But Ramos, playing linebacker, shot in from the outside as the defense strung the play out on a sweep.

“One of my teammates had him wrapped up, so I came up and just ripped at the ball,” said Ramos.

It came out at the 4. Ramos picked it up and rambled into the end zone for the go-ahead score.

“Ramos didn’t practice all week,” said Templeton. “He had some leg problems.”

That happened with 5:22 to play.

The Suns got one last shot with 1:31 to play. But they were back at their own 16.

Lions defensive lineman Moses McAninch sacked Perez back at the 8, then almost got Perez for a safety on an incomplete pass.

Suddenly, Perez settled down, moving the offense down the field with a calm demeanor — and into the wind. Key passes to Brimberry for 11 yards, and tosses of 11 and 15 yards to Peyton Monson, found the Suns at the Lions 15 with 1.4 seconds left.

Perez rolled out and fired to the right corner of the end zone, where Eric Stayrook was headed. The ball landed in a diving Stayrook’s hands amidst three Kennewick defensive backs. But when the Southridge senior came down, he couldn’t hold onto the football, and the Lions’ celebration began.

The Suns could still advance to the postseason if they can beat Kamiakin on Thursday and Kennewick loses to Pasco.

“Football is a microcosm of life,” said Sonnichsen. “How do you respond after this? And the way you respond says a lot about you.”

For Templeton and his Lions, they control their own destiny now.

“Our senior leadership came through,” said Templeton. “We can make a little noise.”

NOTES

Whoever comes out as the MCC No. 2 will travel to Spokane on Oct. 31 — a Tuesday — to play the GSL No. 2 team for a chance to play in the state regionals. ... A key play that worked in the second half for the Lions was faking the handoff to Riel on the Fly Sweep, then handing it off to fullback JJ Rodriguez on the dive. He finished with 61 yards rushing. ... Monson had six catches for 50 yards for the Suns. ... Lions LB Isaac Ruiz added 9 tackles (one for loss), while McAninch had 5 tackles (one for loss), a QB sack, and a hurry. ... Bond, playing LB for the Suns, had 7 tackles and a forced fumble. Monson and Eddie Korotkov had 5 tackles each.

Kennewick

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SCORING PLAYS

S – Mason Perez 9 run (Peyton Monson kick)

K – Cedric Riel 12 run (kick failed)

K – Emilio Ramos 4 fumble return (pass failed)

STATISTICS

RUSHING – Ken, Riel 23-121, JJ Rodriguez 13-61, Tim Gee 5-10, Talon LaFontaine 1-4, Isaac Ruiz 2-2, Tucker Newman 1-minus 11, Totals 45-187. Sou, Hayden Brimberry 19-68, Perez 8-21, Jaden Walter 1-2, Mason Bond 1-minus 2, Totals 29-89.

PASSING – Ken, Gee 2-6-0-16. Sou, Perez 17-38-1-132.

RECEIVING – Ken, T.LaFontaine 2-6. Sou, Monson 6-50, Logan Grigg 4-26, Brimberry 2-21, Calee Beal 3-19, Eric Stayrook 2-16.

FIRST DOWNS – Ken 11, Sou 15. FUMBLES-LOST – Ken 3-3, Sou 1-1. PENALTIES-YARDS – Ken 8-88, Sou 6-49.

 

Kennewick, Walla Walla seek 1st MCC win in doubleheader nightcap at Lampson

The only MCC game of the week featuring two teams without a league win figures to be a competitive one as the Kennewick High School football team hosts Walla Walla on Friday in the nightcap of a Lampson Stadium doubleheader.

The Lions (1-2, 0-1) got steamrolled by 2016 Class 4A state runner-up Richland last week, 48-7, but showed a flash of what they hope to do well this season, run the ball, when Cedric Riel burst through the line for a 97-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter for Kennewick’s only score of the game. The ground game figures to get a shot in the arm this week as junior running back AJ Templeton — who hurt his ankle in a Week 1 loss to Prosser — is expected to return to the Lions’ backfield Friday.

Walla Walla (0-3, 0-1) has struggled mightily on offense this season, ranking in the bottom two spots of the league in most offensive categories, and not getting its first touchdown of the season until Darin Ongers 65-yard rushing score against Hanford last week. When Walla Walla has had success this season, it’s been on the ground, but that could be tough to sustain against a Kennewick defense that is allowing an MCC-low 84.3 rushing yards per contest.

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