DJ Dyer Selected 2015 All-State by Associated Press


D.J. Dyer of Kennewick was named to the first team on The Associated Press 2015 all-state football team.  Dyer has an offer from Idaho State to play football next year.  DJ is the 22nd Kennewick player to garner 1st team all-state accolades, the last was Drew Loftus in 2010.


Full 2015 List Below


Player of the year — Harley Kirsch, sr., Eastside Catholic.



Quarterback — Harley Kirsch, sr., Eastside Catholic.

Running backs — Connor Wedington, jr., Sumner; Dionte Simon, sr., Lincoln.

Wide receivers — Clinton Allen Jr., sr., Bishop Blanchet; Matt Laris, sr., Eastside Catholic.

Tight end — Cale Lindsay, jr., Lakes.

All-purpose — Brandon Wellington, sr., Eastside Catholic.

Offensive line — Maxwell Nauer, sr., Lakes; Kameron Smith, sr., Lincoln; Caleb Davis, jr., Bonney Lake; Korbin Sorenson, sr., Kamiakin; D.J. Dyer, sr., Kennewick.

Kicker — Van Soderberg, sr., Capital.


Defensive line — Maxwell Nauer, sr., Lakes; A.J. Ruffin, sr., Wilson; Omar Dyles, sr., Bellevue; Doug Russell, jr., O’Dea.

Linebackers — Josh Riley, sr., Sumner; Oshea Trujillo, sr., Blanchet; Dalton Dixon, sr., Mt. Spokane; Sam Schuler, sr., Enumclaw.

Defensive backs — Kendal Yaegle, sr., Central Kitsap; Salvon Ahmed, jr., Juanita; Isaiah Gilchrist, sr., Bellevue; Darreon Moore, jr. Kamiakin.

Punter — Race Porter, sr., O’Dea.


Running backs — Ercle Terrell, sr., Bellevue; Andrew Bostic, jr., Lakes.

Wide receiver — Chris Hunter, sr., Lakes.

Offensive line — Chase Gyllenhammer, sr., Mt. Spokane; Nick Bartel, Sr., Ferndale.

Defensive line — Austin Crawford, sr., Kamiakin; Marquis Deweert, sr., Bellevue; Komisi Siolo, sr., Peninsula; Chris Hunter, sr., Lakes; Jacob Reitmeier, sr., Columbia River; Caleb Davis, jr., Bonney Lake

Linebackers — Elijah McMillon, sr., Lakes; Iain Black, sr., Glacier Peak; Jason Day, jr., Bonney Lake.

Defensive backs — Connor Wedington, jr., Sumner; Gresch Jensen, sr. Auburn Mountainview.

Punter — Van Soderberg, Sr., Capital.

Kennewick’s magical run comes to an end - Tri City Herald

The Kennewick Lions’ magical run through the football postseason came to an end Saturday with a 35-6 loss at the hands of Lakes.

The state 3A quarterfinal loss in Lakewood ended a four-week run that saw the Lions having to beat Hanford in the final regular-season game to qualify for the playoffs; a big 34-32 regional road win in Spokane against then 8-2 Mt. Spokane; and a 20-13 first-round state tournament victory last weekend against Wilson of Tacoma.

For Kennewick coach Bill Templeton, he said his Lions have been feeling good this past month.

“We really had a lot of fun,” said Templeton.

The loss to Lakes ends Kennewick’s record at 6-6. The Lancers, who advance to play defending state champion Eastside Catholic next weekend in the semifinals, beat Kamiakin 53-34 last weekend at Lampson Stadium in the first round of state.

The Lancers were forced to punt early in the game.

“We came out and tried to play our game, but realized that they were a better team than we expected,” said senior running back Yisrael Stephens. “We came back and stopped them on defense. Our defense wouldn’t let them [score].”

Forcing the Lions’ Dillon Plew to throw an incomplete pass on 4th-and-5, the Lancers got the ball and the offense returned to the form that averages 47.5 points a game.

Andrew Bostic became the workhorse and carried the ball for several first downs. Then quarterback Jaiave Magalei tossed the ball to Chris Hunter for a 59 yard touchdown to go up 7-0.

Bostic ran the ball in from 15 yards out to make it 14-0 in the first, before Kennewick answered on the ensuing kickoff.

Kennewick’s lone touchdown came on an 86-yard kickoff return by Raymond Gutierrez, who had come on strong the last month for the Lions at running back.

That was it though. Lakes’ defense recovered one fumble and picked off three passes.

“First, they have some outstanding players and played well,” said Templeton. “We were in the Red Zone five times and didn’t score.”

Plew agreed.

“They’re big, they’re physical, and they’re fast,” Plew said. “We’d have to play a perfect game to beat them.”

The Lancers defense was aggressive, said Plew.

“They were disguising their blitzes really well,” he said. “They looked like they’d be in Cover 2 or man and at the last second they’d come up with blitzes. They did really good at disguising the blitzes.”

Kennewick trailed 28-6 at the half, but the Lions defensively fought back.

“Our defense shut them out in the second half until we threw an interception and they brought it back 40-plus yards to our 10,” said Templeton.

On the next play, Stephens scored on a 10-yard run for a 35-6 lead.

Templeton liked his defense’s play.

“We held (Magalei) in check for a good portion of the game,” said Templeton.

He felt the Lions had held standout Hunter in check too. So did Plew.

“We really stepped up defensively in the second half,” added Plew. “We forced them into six punts, and they turned the ball over on downs another time.”

Gutierrez finished with 100 yards rushing on 14 carries, while Plew threw for 181 yards on 17-for-34 passing.














L — Chris Hunter 60 pass from Jaiave Magalei (Kevin Lee kick)

L —Andrew Bostic 15 run (Lee kick)

K — Raymond Gutierrez 86 kickoff return (kick failed)

L — Israel Stephens 4 run (Lee kick)

L — J.Magalei 1 run (Lee kick)

L — Stephens 10 run (Lee kick)


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All Conference 2015

The 2015 All Conference Teams were announced the other day and a number of Kennewick Lions were among those selected.  Leading off the pack was Senior DJ Dyer who garnered Offensive Lineman of the year.

Dyer ('16) a 6-4 285lb Earth-mover was a 2nd team selection in 2014.  DJ was the anchor of a stellar line that helped give the 2015 Lions one of the more potent running attacks in the MCC.  Dyer is getting several college looks and is sure to play on Saturdays next fall.


Dyer was the only Lion selected among the first team

Devyn Edward, Rogelio Guizar, Andrew Fridley, Brenden Villasenor and Blake Loftus all were selected to the 2nd Team All Conference.

Devyn Edward ('16) was selected as 2nd Team Defensive Back and was one of Kennewick's "Lock-down" corners, with 3 interceptions on the year.  Devyn was also one of the Lions go-to receivers with 15 receptions for 218-yards and 2TDs

Rogelio Guizar ('16) was selected as 2nd Team Linebacker, Rogelio was a stalwart workhorse in the middle of the defense for the Lions.  His play was key to the sucess of the defense this year.

Andrew Fridley ('17) was selected as 2nd Team Linebacker. Fridley, a junior was all over the field for the Lions finding himself in the mix of the action defensively, Andrew will be a key piece of the puzzle for 2016.

Brenden Villasenor ('17) was selected as 2nd Team Offensive Line.  Brenden is just a Junior but has seen varsity action since his Freshman year.  Brenden was another key piece of the Lions run game and will be another key cog in the ongoing sucess of the Lions.

Blake Loftus ('17) was selected as 2nd Team Wide Reciever.  Loftus was the 2nd leading receiver in the MCC with 42 receptions, 460-yards, and  3-TD.  The speedy Loftus, just a Junior, is yet another athletic Lion with another year to play.

Congratulations to all the all-conference selections for 2015, see below for the full list.


pdf2015 MCC All Conference Team


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.

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