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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500 S Dayton St
Kennewick WA 99336
Phone: 509-585-3230
A.D.: Anna Harris
Principal: Ron King
Coach: Randy Affholter