Kennewick rolls over Kamiakin - Tri City Herald

Two weeks ago, after getting shellacked by Chiawana 37-0, Kennewick Coach Randy Affholter said his team needed to get back to the basics, like learning how to practice the right way.

Somewhere along the way, the Lions bought in. It showed on Friday night, as Kennewick trounced visiting Kamiakin 42-18 in a Mid-Columbia Conference football game at Lampson Stadium.

“We started coming out and getting better in practice,” said Affholter, whose team improves to 3-1 in MCC play.

“Tonight, our goal was to control the football as much as possible.”

They certainly did.

The Lions held the ball for 30 minutes and 15 seconds; the Braves for just 17:45.

What that did was force Kamiakin out of running the ball with star tailback Tuna Altahir (he had 12 carries for 37 yards rushing) and into a passing game – that, while it clicked last week in a 55-41 win over Hanford, could not find a rhythm against the Lions.

Kennewick’s defense harassed Kamiakin sophomore QB Henry Mercado from the outset, putting pressure on him so he couldn’t get comfortable in the pocket and was forced to throw on the run.

The Lions’ D had five pass breakups, a pass batted down, a cover, two QB sacks, two more tackles for losses, and a forced fumble.

Kennewick led from the outset, when quarterback Blaine Chavez found a wide open Bryson Knapik for a 9-yard touchdown.

Chavez finished with three TD passes (one each to Knapik, Simeon Howard and Max Mayer), and he scored another.

But it was the Lions’ rushing game that did a lot of damage. Sophomore running back Myles Mayovsky carried the ball 30 times for 178 yards and scored two touchdowns.

And while Mayovsky did a yeoman’s job, it was that big Lions offensive line – tackles Baiden McElroy and Baylor McElroy, guards Ethan Mabbitt and Austin Schoffstall, and center Alex Fouts – that controlled the line of scrimmage.

At times, Mayovsky wouldn’t get touched by a Kamiakin defender until he was 4 yards downfield.

“Up front, our guys just moved the line,” said Chavez.

Kaleb Stevenson, Kennewick’s standout linebacker who also got to carry the football a few times, agreed.

“We just fell forward,” he said.

Even Kamiakin Coach Scott Biglin was impressed with Kennewick’s line play.

“They just pushed up front,” Biglin said. “They did a great job.”

His Braves fall to 2-1 in MCC play, 3-1 overall.

Now they have to get ready to play a surging Pasco team (3-0 MCC, 3-1 overall) next week.

“I told our guys after the game ‘That’s life. You just got punched in the mouth. How do you respond?’” Biglin said. “Kennewick did everything we thought they would. They’re a good football team.”

Affholter called it a great response from the Chiawana loss, and it might have been the perfect practice week for every one of his Lions.

“Our Scout team did a great job at practice preparing us (for Kamiakin),” said Affholter.

Chavez said Kennewick is now ready to roll after that Week 2 stumble.

“We figured out our culture,” he said. “We overcame adversity.”

NOTES

The contest certainly wasn’t a clean one. Officials tossed penalty flags 37 times for a total of 313 yards. The Lions were flagged 21 times for 185 yards. The Braves had 16 penalties for 128. … Chavez finished with 207 yards passing. Junior Elijah Tanner was Chavez’s favorite target, catching 4 passes for 94 yards. … DL Jagger Child’s led Kennewick with 5 tackles (one for loss), and a pass batted down. Stevenson also had five tackles. … Because they were out on the field so long, Kamiakin’s defensive players had some bigger numbers. Altahir had 7 tackles and a pass breakup from his safety position. DB Aidan Leonard added 7 tackles and cover, while LB Kale Crawford had 6 tackles (one for loss) and a QB sack. … Kennewick travels to Davis in a non-league affair next Friday. Pasco visits Kamiakin next Friday.

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

https://www.bsnteamsports.com/

Enter Code: 19FBLIONS

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