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.”


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.














S – Mason Perez 9 run (Peyton Monson kick)

K – Cedric Riel 12 run (kick failed)

K – Emilio Ramos 4 fumble return (pass failed)


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.

Weinmann shines in Prosser’s victory over Kennewick

Though the game was marred by some typical Week 1 troubles — penalties, missed assignments, miscommunications — the Prosser High School football team saw exactly what it wanted in its 22-14 win Friday night over Kennewick at Lampson Stadium: a stellar performance from first-year starting quarterback Will Weinmann.

In the absence of 2017 graduate Tanner Bolt, the junior Weinmann completed 16 of 20 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown to lead the Mustangs to victory.
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Kennewick's Cedric Riel (38) runs out on the field holding Kennewick High School's flag at the start of a football game against Prosser. Prosser defeated Kennewick 22-14. Noelle Haro-Gomez Tri-City Herald

“There were the first series jitters, but it was good to get off to a fast start, get some points,” Weinmann said. “Also got to give a lot of credit to the O-Line, pushing ahead, and it helped us carry the momentum into the second half.”

The QB’s first start even drew praise from the opposing sideline.

“Their quarterback was very, very good, very efficient,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “That’s what Prosser does, they dink and dunk, and then they hit you over the top with a nice fade route. And he threw the fade very well today.”

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einmann certainly didn’t have to do it all on his own. Senior running back JR Coleman, who was a contributor as a sophomore on the 2015 state championship team but was injured last season, carried it 24 times for 71 yards and scored a 2-yard touchdown to cap the Mustangs’ game-opening, 66-yard drive.

“We’re gonna rely on JR and his senior leadership, he’s been a tremendous back his whole career,” Prosser coach Corey Ingvalson said. “He probably got a few more carries than he was used to, as far as our offense goes, but he can handle that based on what the defense was giving us.”
Prosser's running back JR Coleman (25), center, drives the ball in for a touch down during a boys football game against Kennwick on Friday at Neil F. Lampson Stadium.

Kennewick had some changes to deal with in the offensive backfield as well with 2016 quarterback AJ Templeton moving to running back and Tim Gee taking over as QB1 in his stead.

Templeton had his two biggest runs of the night called back because of holding, but he still gained 34 yards on 15 touches. He did however leave the game with a right ankle injury late in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Linemen Austin Schoffstall and Braxton Brower also sustained injuries, both around halftime, that prevented them from returning to action.
Kennewick running back Atticus Templeton (4) stiff arms a Prosser defender on Friday at Lampson Stadium. Prosser defeated Kennewick 22-14.

Gee, a junior, struggled in the first half, completing just one pass — a 2-yard check down to running back Isaac Ruiz — on four attempts. But he settled in after halftime, finishing with 89 yards on 7-of-13 passing with a 1-yard rushing touchdown on the first drive of the second half, and a 12-yard TD pass to Emilio Ramos late in the fourth quarter.

“He especially had a good second half, and he did some nice things in the first half too,” Templeton said. “We’d get something going, and then shoot ourselves in the foot with a penalty or something like that.”

With its lead cut down to 8-6, Prosser answered Kennewick’s second-half-opening touchdown drive with one of its own, spanning 67 yards and ending with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Weinmann to Tyler Durbin. A pass from Weinmann to Coleman gave the Mustangs the 2-point conversion and a 16-6 lead with about a minute to go in the third.

The Mustangs added insurance when a fourth-quarter drive was extended by a muffed punt, eventually capitalizing with a 2-yard TD run by Kord Tuttle to stretch their lead to 22-6 with about 4 minutes remaining.

But the Lions still had some life, as Gee helped engineer a 61-yard drive that finished with his touchdown strike to Ramos. He then hit Zenon Thornton on the 2-point conversion to make it 22-14 and pull Kennewick within a possession with 2 minutes to go.

After Prosser recovered the onside kick, Kennewick stuffed Coleman on consecutive runs to force 3rd-and-long with plenty of time left. That was when Weinmann threw a jump ball up to wide out Will Thompson, and the junior brought it down for a 34-yard gain to put the game on ice.

“I’ve got faith in my wide receivers to make the catch and get us that first down to seal the game,” Weinmann said. “Which is good, you can count on them. (Thompson) has got great hands, and he’s put in a lot of work this summer to get better with his feet and hands, which is what you want as a quarterback.”

Prosser opened the season with a 28-7 win over Kennewick last year, and Ingvalson felt good about knocking off the Class 3A foe once again.

“Honestly, I’m ecstatic,” he said. “Our offseason was tremendous as far as commitment and guys working and being committed to each other. And for them to have this win and have it pay off here, it means a lot. Especially when we’re trying to keep that momentum going.”

Freshmen - Fall Details Here!

Freshman players and Parents see below for the fall schedule!

Things kickoff tonight 8/15 with a Parent Meeting from 8:30-9:15 in the KEHS Auditorium

Players - Lifting from 9:30-11:00p, then walk to Lampson Stadium at 11:45p for the Midnight Madness Football Kickoff Practice (Helmets Only) from Midnight to 1am.



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Fall Practice Starts Soon!

First Practice August 16th at Midnight!

  1. First Practice: Wednesday, August 16 at Midnight! (12:01AM Wednesday Morning)
  2. Parent Meeting: Tuesday, August 15th. 8:30-9:15 PM Kennewick Auditorium
  3. August Practice Calendar - HERE
  4. Please check Parent Portal to see if you are cleared and your physical is up-to-date.  (If you were cleared for Spring/Summer Football, you are cleared for Fall.  However, please double check to make sure all is in order.)
  5. If you need to get cleared for the Fall Football Season, you can also go to the Parent Portal and register. (Be sure your physical is valid.) LINK


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