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 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.