Next Up: Kennewick at Lakes 11/21 - 1PM

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Kennewick (6-5) vs. Lakes (9-2)

Where, when: Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood, 1 p.m. Saturday

Weather: 50 degrees, mostly cloudy, 20 percent chance of rain

Last state appearance: Kennewick 2012 (lost to North Thurston 35-23 in Class 3A first round); Lakes 2013 (lost to Meadowdale 24-0 in Class 3A first round).

State playoff history (before 2015): Kennewick 16-16 (best finish: 1983 AAA championship, lost to Bellevue 17-14); Lakes 24-21 in 22 appearances (best finish: 1997 Class 3A championship, beat Ferndale 21-17).

Top players: Kennewick — QB Dillon Plew (117-208-4-1,375, 15 TDs); RB Ronny Loomis (113-572, 7 TDs); RB Isaac Ruiz (105-539, 4 TDs); WR Blake Loftus (42-460, 3 TDs); DB Jared Gray (4 INTs); OL/DL D.J. Dyer; DL Brendon Villasenior. Lakes — QB Jaiave Magalei (133-204-7-2,310, 21 TDs); RB Andrew Bostic (158-1,171, 9 TDs); RB Yisrael Stephens (69-619, 7 TDs); WR/LB Christopher Hunter (43-874, 6 TDs); WR Dedrian Milligan (25-439, 3 TDs); LB Elijah McMillon 11 TFL.

Quick fact: This will be the first recorded meeting between the two schools.

Up next: Winner will play host to Eastside Catholic/Bonney Lake winner.

Kennewick beats Wilson to earn quarterfinal trip

Courtesy Tri City Herald

The Lions advanced to the Class 3A state quarterfinals with a 20-13 win over Wilson on Saturday at Lampson Stadium, getting 268 rushing yards and two touchdowns from running backs Ronny Loomis and Raymond Gutierrez.

Loomis, one of the Mid-Columbia’s top returning sprinters, broke through a wall of potential tacklers early in the second quarter, busting out for a 69-yard touchdown run to give Kennewick a 7-0 lead.

“(Wilson defender) had me by my jersey, and one of my linemen took him off me. That broke me free,” said Loomis, who finished with 127 yards on just eight carries. “I felt the momentum going forward. I had faith in my linemen, and everybody else helped out.”

That gave the Lions some confidence early on that carried them through to their next score, a 1-yard touchdown run by Dillon Plew that was set up when Andrew Fridley recovered a muffed punt inside the Wilson red zone. Four plays later it was 14-0 Lions.


“We always talk about how it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We got some things ironed out and we’re enjoying the ride right now,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “Wilson did a nice job against us. Our spread wasn’t working, so we went to more of a power game. (Lineman) D.J. Dyer and company did a nice job keeping their legs driving.”

Raymond Gutierrez added a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown, breaking out for 31 yards to make it 20-0. He finished with 141 yards on 27 carries.

Devyn Edward, a senior, had a strong day, too. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound defensive back was responsible for covering the Rams’ mammoth tight end A.J. Ruffin, a 6-4, 280-pound senior with the capability to take over a game at any moment. But Edward helped shut the big guy down, holding him to just two catches for 37 yards on the day.

“We went through some tough times since last season. Our coaches told us the only people who can beat us is ourselves,” Edward said. “We go out every day and grind. I have to give it up to our offensive and defensive lines, and everybody who did their jobs. Our running backs went beast mode. They were just balling everywhere.”

Edwards also intercepted a pass from Wilson quarterback Alex Motonaga just before the half, ending a Rams drive inside Kennewick territory.

“We just played good assignment football. We wanted to make sure Devyn stayed with Ruffin as soon as possible, especially when he wa split out,” Templeton said. “Overall, we did a nice job of doing our jobs tonight.’

Wilson made a late comeback, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull within 20-13, but Kennewick survived a failed onside kick attempt and ran out the clock to end the game.

“That last drive showed their will to win,” Rams coach Don Clegg said. “We needed to set up one more drive, but we self destructed. Sometimes teams don’t necessarily win a game as much as another team loses a game. Tonight we lost it.”















K — Ronny Loomis 69 run (Emilio Ramos kick)

K — Dillon Plew 1 run (Ramos kick)

K — Raymond Gutierrez 31 run (kick fail)

W — Xavier Martin-Jones 7 pass from Alex Motonaga (pass fail)

W — Motonaga 2 run (Alek Greenleaf kick)


RUSHING — W, X.Martin-Jones 1-4, Motonaga 12-68, Elijah Jones 11-21, Sean Domek 1-(minus 5), Jordan Robbins 1-4, team 1-(minus 17). K, Plew 7-(minus 32), Gutierrez 27-141, Loomis 8-127, Isaac Ruiz 7-13, Blake Loftus 1-(minus 3).

PASSING — W, Motonaga 10-22-1-151. K, Plew 8-13-0-66, Gutierrez 1-1-0-12.

RECEIVING — W, X.Martin-Jones 6-59, E.Jones 1-10, A.J. Ruffin 2-37, Charles Summers 1-45. K, Gutierrez 2-21, A.J. Templeton 3-29, Edward 1-8, Keyshawn Owens 1-6, Andrew Townsend 1-2, Plew 1-12.

Plew a can-do quarterback for Kennewick Lions

Courtesty Tri City Herald

Kennewick edges Mt. Spokane

Kennewick tops Hanford 47-28 to secure postseason berth

The Kennewick Lions are playoff bound.

Kennewick’s Ronny Loomis (11) celebrates his touchdown run in the end zone with teammate Blake Loftus during their game Friday against Hanford at Fran Rish Stadium in Richland.

Kennewick (4-5, 3-4 Mid-Columbia Conference) advances to the Class 3A regionals and will play Mount Spokane next Friday night for a berth into the state playoffs. The Lions earn the second seed thanks to winning two of their final three regular-season games.

Hanford, meanwhile, watches a promising start to its first season under coach Brett Jay fizzle down the stretch, losing its final four games to finish 4-5 overall and 2-5 in league play. The Falcons will play a nonleague crossover game at home next Friday night.

Staying the Course

It appeared about a month ago, the Lions’ playoff hopes were derailed with a 36-35 loss at Pasco. The Bulldogs scored on the final play of regulation and then converted a 2-point conversion to pull out the win. That win turned out to be the Bulldogs’ only regular-season victory.

The following week, Kennewick was beat up by league champion Richland.

But the Lions had enough down the stretch to get back to a do-or-die game in the final regular-season game. Kennewick beat Southridge 14-3 two weeks ago for its second league win. Then after Kennewick and Hanford lost last week, it was a one-game playoff on the season’s final weekend.

Starting Fast

Hanford has been a notorious slow starting team this season. However, that was not the case Friday night.

The Falcons scored two touchdowns within seconds of each other midway through the first quarter to grab a 14-7 lead. The only problem this night was Kennewick started faster. Trailing by seven, the Lions scored 16 straight points to lead 23-14 at the end of the first quarter.

After a safety got it to 14-9, Ronny Loomis scored on a 24-yard run with 1:41 left in the first quarter to give the Lions a 16-14 advantage.

Kennewick squeezed another touchdown in before the end of the first half when Raymond Gutierrez shed the Hanford defense on his way to a 33-yard scoring run.

Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers

The Hanford Falcons had six of them: three interceptions and three lost fumbles. And to only have six was fortunate. The Falcons fumbled the ball seven times in the game, but were fortunate to recover four of those.

Despite all of the turnovers, Kennewick only converted two of the six turnovers into touchdowns.