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Senior Running Back Devven Ramos was named to the 3A 2012 AP 2nd Team All-State Football team. The unit is selected by sportswriters from around the state. To see below for the full list:
The 2012 Associated Press Class 3A all-state football team.Voting was organized by the Yakima Herald-Republic and done by sports writers around the state.
Player of Year — Myles Jack, Bellevue
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB Brett Rypien, so., Shadle Park; RB Ralph Kinne, sr., Shelton; RB Austin Joyner, so., Marysville-Pilchuck; RB John Nguyen, sr., Bellevue; WR Trent Riley, sr., Mount Si; WR Tanner Pauly, jr., Shadle Park; TE David Ajamu, sr., Shelton; OL Alex Emanuels, sr., Mercer Island; OL Kameron McKay, sr., Ferndale; OL Cody Moorhead, sr., Hazen; OL David Buchanan, O'Dea; OL Robert Gallucci, sr., Peninsula.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Darien Freeman, sr., Bellevue; DL Deion Fetui, so., Eastside Catholic; DL Griffin McLain, sr., Mount Si; DL Cole Madison, sr., Kennedy Catholic; LB Myles Jack, sr., Bellevue; LB Sean Constantine, sr., Bellevue; LB Cole Henderson, sr., Southridge; LB Kellen Matsuno, sr., Eastside Catholic; DB Budda Baker, jr., Bellevue; DB Tatum Taylor, sr., O'Dea; DB Sean Elledge, sr., Glacier Peak; DB Tru Hicks, sr., North Thurston.
FIRST TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
K Cameron Van Winkle, sr., Mount Si; P Brett Woods, sr., Timberline; all-purpose Jake Hoffman, sr., North Central.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB Trey Reynolds, sr., Eastside Catholic; RB Devven Ramos, sr., Kennewick; RB Myles Jack, sr., Bellevue; RB Alex Conley, sr., Ferndale; WR Joshua Eckwood, sr., Lincoln; WR Javan Williams, sr., Kamiakin; TE Nathan Hundeby, sr., University; OL Austin Carman, jr., Sunnyside; OL Leo Keilani, sr., Rainier Beach; OL Nick Hensley, jr., Glacier Peak; OL Levi Anderson, sr., University; OL Zack Nobmann, sr., Kennedy Catholic.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL Zach Blazevich, sr., Mount Si; DL Desmoun Thompson, sr., DL Kennedy Catholic; DL Jarius McDade, jr., O'Dea; DL Daniel Portillo, sr., Peninsula; LB Brandon Wetzel, sr., Timberline; LB Michael Cummings, sr., Meadowdale; LB Jordan Hoorn, sr., Marysville-Pilchuck; LB Austin Wheat, sr., Peninsula; DB Teré Calloway, sr., Seattle Prep; DB Blake Dukowitz, sr., Peninsula; DB Austin Flynn, sr., University; DB Clark Bryant, sr., Columbia River.
SECOND TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
K Sam Shea, sr., Peninsula; P Sam Shea, sr., Peninsula; all-purpose Budda Baker, jr., Bellevue.
RB Devante Downs, Mountlake Terrace; DL Cody Moorhead, Hazen; DB Austin Joyner, Marysville-Pilchuck.
Big plays, big moments, big-time performances.
If there is a word that best describes Devven Ramos’ senior football season at Kennewick, it is “big.”
Big performances? How about 303 yards and three touchdowns against Walla Walla, or 264 and four against Pasco?
Here’s perhaps the biggest: 208 yards and three TDs in a win over Shadle Park that opened the door to the Lions’ second consecutive state playoff berth. Ramos’ performance that night also included a halfback pass for a score and three two-point conversions. At linebacker, he recorded a sack that led to a swarm of defensive pressure on SP star quarterback Brett Rypien.
“That play in particular sticks out to me because it was the first time we got to (Rypien),” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “That changed the momentum a little bit.”
Big rewards? How about being named the first MVP of the new Mid-Columbia Conference, combining all seven Tri-City 3A and 4A schools plus Walla Walla?
And now, he’s MVP of the Tri-City Herald’s all-area team.
“It feels real good to get recognized, with all the hard work you put in,” Ramos said. “I’ve waited all four years in high school to get to play under the lights, in front of my family.”
Ramos is a big, physical runner, taking full advantage of his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame to run over tacklers — that is, when he is not just shucking them to the turf a la Marshawn Lynch, or using his speed to get the corner and take off down the sideline.
That combination of attributes — plus a pretty stiff offensive line — led to 1,780 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, 18 touchdowns all told and almost 2,300 all-purpose yards.
And there was that knack for long TD runs.
“When you have a kid like him who can break runs for 50, 60, 70 yards, that’s 50, 60, 70 yards you don’t have to run 10 more plays to get,” Templeton said. “That’s a lot more wiggle room not to make mistakes.
“When you have a kid like him, it just kind of raises the water level of everybody else on the team.”
Of course, Ramos had plenty of help from his teammates, and two of them were selected to the all-area first team: center Clayten Ayres and defensive end Jacob Meise. Ramos also was named first-team kick returner.
The toughest part of choosing the team was figuring out the running backs. There were enough deserving runners to run a full-house backfield with substitutions to spare.
Joining Ramos are Jonah Hoe of Walla Walla and Jalen DeVine of Hanford, with a nod going to second-teamer Kaden Diaz of Southridge.
Hoe finished the regular season as the MCC rushing leader with 1,828 yards and 17 touchdowns, ahead of Ramos’ 10-week numbers (an additional state playoff game was added to Ramos’ final total).
Ramos said there definitely was a competition among the league’s top runners, something he felt acutely when his offensive line checked the leaders each Monday.
“You always have that in the back of your mind,” he said. “You try not to be too focused on statistics, but you get into that race to see who is going to set the higher number.”
Othello’s David Garza was the choice at quarterback, one of four first-team selections from the Class 2A Huskies along with Derek Valdez at offensive line, Eric Garza at linebacker and Juston Lind at defensive back.
Kamiakin’s Javan Williams and Prosser’s Danny Raap were the choices at receiver, while the tight end was sacrificed for the extra running back.
Ayres and Valdez are joined on the offensive line by Chiawana’s Chandler Newell, Hanford’s Cody Kowalski and Pasco’s Zach Kreider. Royal dual-threat quarterback Alex Myrick is the all-purpose player and Walla Walla’s Dean Atkinson the kicker.
On defense, Meise is joined on the front line by Hanford’s Joe Douglas, Hermiston’s David Barnett and Richland’s Matt Chalmers. The linebackers are Garza, Cole Henderson of Southridge, Johnny Jansen of Kamiakin and Brady Dixon of Royal.
Williams also was selected at defensive back — the only player on first-team offense and defense — along with Lind, Jake Oram of Hanford and Tyler Morris of Liberty Christian. The punter is Zach Whitby of Richland.
Morris stands apart from the rest of the first team in two respects: He is the only Class 2B or 1B player on the squad, and he is the only one who finished the season hefting a state championship trophy.
His coach, Mike Olson, is the Herald’s coach of the year.
“It was really exciting,” Olson said of winning Liberty Christian’s first championship and accomplishing the feat with his son, Mike, playing quarterback and all his friends who grew up running around their future coach’s house. “It was all new to us. We hadn’t been to the playoffs before. Everything that we did was just really exciting. It wasn’t anything we had to worry about taking for granted.
“It just made it more special than it already was.”
TRI-CITY HERALD ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM
MVP — Devven Ramos, sr., Kennewick
Coach of the year — Mike Olson, Liberty Christian
QB — David Garza, sr., Othello
RB — Jonah Hoe, sr., Walla Walla
RB — Jalen DeVine, sr., Hanford
RB — Devven Ramos, sr., Kennewick
OL — Clayten Ayres, sr., Kennewick
OL — Cody Kowalski, sr., Hanford
OL — Zach Kreider, sr., Pasco
OL — Chandler Newell, sr., Chiawana
OL — Derek Valdez, sr., Othello
WR — Danny Raap, sr., Prosser
WR — Javan Williams, sr., Kamiakin
All-purpose — Alex Myrick, sr., Royal
Kick returner — Devven Ramos, sr., Kennewick
Placekicker — Dean Atkinson, sr., Walla Walla
DL — David Bennett, sr., Hermiston
DL — Matt Chalmers, sr., Richland
DL — Joe Douglas, sr., Hanford
DL — Jacob Meise, jr., Kennewick
LB — Brady Dixon, sr., Royal
LB — Cole Henderson, sr., Southridge
LB — Johnny Jansen, sr., Kamiakin
LB — Eric Garza, sr., Othello
DB — Juston Lind, sr., Othello
DB — Tyler Morris, sr., Liberty Christian
DB — Jake Oram, sr., Hanford
DB — Javan Williams, sr., Kamiakin
Punter — Zack Whitby, jr., Richland
QB — Ryan Fassler, sr., Prosser
RB — Kaden Diaz, sr., Southridge
RB — Bubba Frank, sr., Prosser
RB — Kody Bartlett, sr., River View
OL — Spencer Combs, sr., River View
OL — Reed Leffler, sr., Royal
OL — Kayden Maughn, jr., Chiawana
OL — Will Ramos, sr., Hanford
OL — Bubba Ruiz, jr., Othello
WR — Kaden Julian, sr., Kennewick
WR — Brenden Kelly, jr., Southridge
All-purpose — Bodie Simpson, sr., Kennewick
Kick returner — Brandon Larson, jr., Kamiakin
Placekicker — Conner Mertens, sr., Southridge
DL — Jake Batease, sr., Hermiston
DL — Kyle Hall, sr., River View
DL — Zach Kreider, sr., Pasco
DL — Derek Valdez, sr., Othello
LB — Trenten Anteau, sr., Hermiston
LB — Will Bishop, jr., Hanford
LB — Alex Weber, jr., Chiawana
LB — Briar Westerfield, sr., Tri-Cities Prep
DB — Martin Althair, jr., Kennewick
DB — Dalton Estes, sr., Waitsburg-Prescott
DB — Alex Myrick, sr., Royal
DB — Addison Spivey, sr., Southridge
Punter — T.J. Avery, sr., Chiawana
QB — Kylle Robertson, jr., Kamiakin
RB — Clifton Lozano, jr., Chiawana
RB — Luis Murillo, sr., Pasco
TE — Cody O’Toole, sr., Richland
OL — Urial Carmona, sr., Royal
OL — Stefan Davidson, sr., Connell
OL — Joe Douglas, sr., Hanford
OL — Kyle Hall, sr., River View
OL — Tim Koglin, sr., Liberty Christian
WR — Sterling Clark, sr., Prosser
WR — Josh Marshall, sr., River View
All-purpose — Luke Fazzari, sr., DeSales
Kick returner — Juston Lind, sr., Othello
Placekicker — Trino Flores, jr., Prosser
DL — Kent Christensen, sr., Royal
DL — Derek Gilbert, sr., Othello
DL — Logan Reardon, sr., Walla Walla
DL — Tyler Renollet, sr., Prosser
LB — Elijah Hoefer, jr., Prosser
LB — Brandon Peterson, sr., Liberty Christian
LB — Octavio Preciado, sr., Touchet
LB — Richie Valdez, sr., Othello
DB — Ryan Baumgart, sr., DeSales
DB — Alex Campbell, sr., Hermiston
DB — Hunter Chambers, jr., Richland
DB — Aaron Eggart, sr., Walla Walla
Punter — Braiden Whitby, soph., Connell
With their first three snaps Friday evening, the Kennewick Lions scored two touchdowns.
Their next three failed to net a first down, and that drop off turned into a free fall amid a 35-23 first-round state playoff loss to North Thurston.
Devven Ramos scored on a 68-yard run on the game’s first offensive play and Dylan Tennancour found Kaden Julian for a 3-yard score to spark the Lions (7-3-1) to a 16-0 lead and put a thrill in the Lampson Stadium faithful less than three minutes from the opening kickoff.
But the visiting Rams (9-2) from Lacey fought back in methodical, meticulous fashion with four scores of their own before the half to steal all the momentum. And instead they will be making the trip to Spokane next weekend for a quarterfinal matchup with University.
“That’s what happens when you fall asleep,” said Julian, adding that his team got a little too comfortable after the quick start. “Tough night.”
And a tough finish for a Kennewick team trying to reach the state quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. Instead, it ended in a Lampson locker room full of hugs and tears.
“You earn the right to cry,” said Lions coach Bill Templeton. “I can’t tell you how much I respect what they do. It’s a year-long commitment.”
One that looked to be extended another week after that quick-strike start.
Ramos was at his big-play best right from the start when he took his first handoff, swept left and ran through one arm tackle. The entire North Thurston defense was in pursuit, stringing the play out to the sideline. But the Rams reacted too much, and one little cut back into the defense and Ramos was on his way to his 18th touchdown of the season.
By contrast, North Thurston’s first offensive series was a muddled mess, with back-to-back motion penalties leading to a punt from the 32.
The snap sailed over the head of the punter, however, and Dashawn Johnson fell on it at the 4, a 28-yard loss for the Rams.
Two plays later, Julian beat the defensive back on a comeback to the pylon, and it looked like the Lions would roll.
“Incredible,” North Thurston coach Rocky Patchin said. “I told ’em after the game, I’ve never coached a team that was down that big, that quick, that came back and dominated.”
Dominate is exactly right.
The Rams countered with an 11-play, 60-yard drive, all of it on the ground and most of it by slashing runner Mo Manning running behind the guard-tackle tandem of Grant Williams (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) and Alex Rice (6-6, 317).
Manning capped the drive with a 5-yard TD, and a movement penalty on third-and-2 helped force Kennewick to punt after its next possession. That led to Brandon Belisario, a fire-plug of a back, breaking off a 47-yard score that pulled North Thurston within 16-14 with a minute left in the first half.
“We got out-physicalled, to (North Thurston’s) credit,” Templeton said. “Then we just made some uncharacteristic (mistakes).”
One of those mistakes — an errant toss on second-and-1 — created a turnover that turned into Manning’s second TD, a 15-yard run with two gorgeous cuts through the middle of the defense.
Another three-and-out for Kennewick, another short field for North Thurston, and Ryan Mets’ 23-yard TD toss to a wide open Josh Cahill had the visitors up 28-16, and there was still half the second quarter to play.
It was a stunning comeback.
“They did what they did well,” Julian said.
The Lions bounced back in the second half, first getting a stop after the Rams got the opening kickoff, then getting another big play as Tennancour hit Julian for a 55-yard TD strike to pull within 28-23.
But the Rams answered with one more scoring drive and then thwarted the Lions’ comeback attempts the rest of the way.
“That stop was big for us in the second half,” Julian said. “Then we hit that big play, but after that nothing seemed to work.”
The running game was bogged down, in particular by North Thurston tackle Jake Grantham chasing down plays. After Ramos’ first big run, the Lions gained just 83 yards on the ground the rest of the night not counting the 27 yards lost on five sacks of Tennancour.
Ramos finished with 132 on 14 carries plus 39 yards on four catches. Julian had 97 yards on five catches.
“These guys were very good leaders and obviously good athletes,” Templeton said of his departing seniors. “It’s a nice legacy for them.”
by Jerry Mercado
The Kennewick Lions Senior running back / line backer Devven Ramos (6'0"-205 ) was named the Mid Columbia Conference's first ever Most Valuable Player. This time last year Grant Woods was Kennewick's star running back and Ramos was still nursing a healing collar bone.
Before he had broken his collarbone, early in the 2011 season, he was Kennewick's starting running back. He wouldn't't be the same that year and there would be whispers of whether or not he could even stay healthy.
Coming into this year Ramos carried a lot of expectations individually. As a team I had them ranked in the top 10 in the State as well as one of the top 3 teams in the MCC.
After a slow start I would be scolded for my predictions that the Lions would finish towards the Top of the League. I was called biased, told I didn't know what I was talking about, and laughed at for doing so.
The Lions would stay in the hunt for the division crown and would need a win at the end of the regular season against cross town rival Kamiakin in order to do so.
That Friday night Devven Ramos and his Kennewick teammates would make history. It was the first time the Lions would beat Kamiakin since 2005. This was the first Kennewick team to win a division crown since 1991 and this was the first ever Mid Columbia Conference championship.
Last week Kennewick hosted GSL opponent Shadle Park and their high powered passing attack that features maybe the State's brightest young Sophomore star; QB Brett Rypien.
Ramos would shine on both sides of the ball. He would consistently pressure Rypien from his outside linebacker position in Kennewick's 3-4 defense and he would run for 208 yards and 3TDs. He would be shelved early in the 4th quarter and Kennewick would cruise to a victory over Shadle Park 38-20.
This last Thursday Devven Ramos was named the Mid Columbia Conference's 1st ever Most Valuable Player. He finished the season with 1,648 yards and 15 TDs. He also led the league in yards per carry with a 6.8 average.
Here is the interview and Q and A with Devven Ramos.
Me: "You were just named the MCC MVP. You are the very first in Mid Columbia Conference history. What is your reaction to this honor?"
Devven Ramos: "It is truly is an honor to to have received the MVP award. I know it wouldn't have been possible without all the heart that my team played with this year. It is a great feeling to be rewarded for all the hard work put in."
Me: "Injuries have been an issue in the past. Everyone always said Devven is going to be great if....Describe your mind set this year as opposed to last year when you had suffered injuries?"
Devven Ramos: "My mind set hasn't really changed too much. I've always been driven to win and do anything it takes to do so. It was unfortunate to have gone done last year to injuries but I have managed to heal and stay healthy enough to accomplish what I have this year."
Me: "What specifically did you work on this year in the offseason. Cause first thing I noticed in your practice before season started was the size of your neck. Nobody gets a neck like that unless they are putting up a lot of iron."
Devven Ramos: "Just a lot of presses and shrugs. It started from rehabbing my collarbone. It really helped improve the strength in my shoulders and neck."
Me: "Coming into this year the MCC was considered tough. You were going to earn your way to the conference crown. I had you guys towards the top of my rankings but in the early season it seemed like you guys were middle of the road. When do you feel like you hit your stride and when did you know you were the team to beat?"
Devven Ramos: "I feel like our loss to Richland help us make the proper adjustments and after that we really got our rhythm."
Me: "Throughout your career you have experienced some ups and downs, what has coach Bill Templeton meant to you and what has he said to make a difference in your high school career?"
Devven Ramos: "Having played for coach Templeton for 4 years really gave me an opportunity to learn a lot from him. He has a way of keeping the morale if us players up to give us the confidence to go out and play the way we do. I am thankful to have gotten all that I have in these past 4 years playing for him."
Me: "I am very active in the youth sports community and all I can hear players and parents talk about is the excitement of watching Devven Ramos. What message would you send to your young fans and any young players aspiring to follow in your footsteps?"
Devven Ramos: "Just to always try your hardest in anything you do. It may sound cliche but it really is true. If you are willing to sacrifice your time and put forth all your effort you will be rewarded for it."
Me: What was it like to come out with the victory versus not only rival Kamiakin, but also Shadle park?
Devven Ramos: "The two wins over Kamiakin and Shadle were ones hard earned. I can't be satisfied with those wins though. I have to always be focused and looking towards beating the next opponent"
Me: "You guys have won your first conference crown since 1991 and a lot of alum are very excited. What's it like to excite your fan base the way you have?"
Devven Ramos: "It is awesome to give all the Kennewick alum something to be proud of. Our team is continuing to work hard to keep all the positive momentum flowing."
Me: "What kind of interest are you receiving?"
Devven Ramos: "I am not currently being offered anything but I'm looking forward to getting my name out there and seeing how things turn out."
Kennewick will face North Thurston this Saturday at 4pm. You can watch live on the web on www.washingtonsportsnetwork.com
Jacob Meise doesn’t mind giving it up for the Kennewick football team, whatever “it” is.
Might be his hair — which was shoulder length to start the season after nine months of growing, then buzzed up after his helmet kept popping off.
Might be his head — when his helmet did pop off last week against Shadle Park, that was Meise diving into the pile, shorn locks visible to the world.
Might be his hand — which he didn’t hesitate to put back in the thick of battle when it got smashed up during a scrimmage before his freshman year.
It certainly will be effort, which the guy they call “Spider Monkey” gives all of, all the time as a starter at left offensive tackle, defensive end and all of the kick and punt teams.
“He’s a little bit crazy,” said Kennewick head coach Bill Templeton said of his standout junior. “He’s a funny kid, respectful, but a little bit crazy.”
“Oh yeah, that’s very accurate,” Meise (MY-zee) said after practice this week in preparation for today’s 4 p.m. first-round 3A state playoff game against North Thurston at Lampson Stadium.
“That’s how I like to play. I’m pretty aggressive in everything that I do.”
The name “Spider Monkey” came from his lanky build — 6-foot-3, 185 pounds — and his freakish athletic versatility. Meise can dunk a basketball, and he is a thrower and jumper on the track team.
He’s known for chasing down ball carriers sideline to sideline, end zone to end zone, and in the process has put up some big-time defensive stats this season: 79 tackles, 18 for loss including 11 sacks, two forced fumbles, one recovery and three batted-down passes. Those numbers were good enough to earn first-team all-league when the Mid-Columbia Conference team was announced Tuesday.
On offense, Meise is a second-team all-league tackle and part of a line that has plowed a wide road for big-load back Devven Ramos to wrack up 1,648 yards and 15 TDs, including games of 208, 264 and 303 yards.
Not bad for a guy who figured to be a two-way starter this year but expected his first varsity campaign to be mostly a stepping stone to next season.
His coach, on the other hand, had an inkling of something bigger.
“We kept hearing things about his exploits at the freshman level two years ago,” Templeton said. “How tough he was, how crazy, how ‘let’s do this thing’ he was.”
A lot of that stemmed from that smashed hand.
“His hand was swollen. It was bad,” remembered freshman coach Ty Cronenwett, adding that he turned to the sideline to call in a backup, only to have the kid complain that his hand was too hurt.
“I turned back around, and Meise is already out there in his three-point stance — on his bad hand. I knew at that point he was going to be a force.
“He’s never let off since then. He’s not only an extremely tough kid, he’s passionate.”
Meise admitted that his hand was killing him — “I thought it was broken” — but he knew his coaches were watching.
“It showed my toughness,” he said, “established my reputation.”
He didn’t hurt his rep any last week against Shadle Park, when his helmet came off and he stuck his nose into a pile. Meise took a shot to the noggin on that one — he has since been checked out and is cleared to play this week.
Asked about his “topless” exploits, Meise just shrugged.
“It’s what I had to do to make the tackle.”
Whatever it takes.
KENNEWICK, Wash. — For the first 17 plays of the game Friday, it certainly looked like the vaunted Shadle Park offense would have its way with Kennewick.
Once the Lions figured out the flow of the Highlanders’ no-huddle offense and started getting pressure, the game turned quickly. Kennewick used a bend-but-don’t-break defense and a monster game from running back Devven Ramos to defeat Shadle Park 38-20 in a Class 3A regional playoff game at Lampson Stadium.
“We found our rhythm,” Kennewick safety Bodie Simpson said. “We wanted to stop their big, explosive plays. We knew they would get some big plays, but we wanted to limit them.”
The Lions did just that, sacking Shadle Park quarterback Brett Rypien four times and intercepting him once. Rypien still threw for a whopping 410 yards, but the Highlanders struggled to put points on the board.
“They were definitely bringing a lot of pressure,” Rypien said. “You could tell after the first drive that we were a little rattled. We weren’t playing in our rhythm.”
Shadle Park turned the ball over on downs five times, including once when the Highlanders had first-and-goal at the 4.
A big part of that was the strong play of the defensive line for Kennewick, which did just enough to keep Rypien off balance.
“Once we got the tempo, we buckled down and got to our spots,” Ramos said of the defense. “Once we hit the quarterback a few times, he got rattled. The intensity of our defense and the quickness of our defense got to them.
“When we are all clicking, we are flowing.”
The Lions offense also got to the Highlanders, as Ramos had a monster night rushing for 208 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass on a halfback pass, and scored three two-point conversions.
To top it off, he added a sack of Rypien on defense.
“Every week he is putting it down when he is in the game,” Simpson said of Ramos. “No one seems to be able to tackle him.”
That was never more evident than in the third quarter when he scored on a 63-yard run to give Kennewick an important answer-back touchdown.
Shadle Park had just scored on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Rypien to Skyler Kelley to pull the Highlanders within 30-20 with 2:22 left in the third quarter.
On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Ramos went over the left tackle, breaking tackles down the left sideline, eventually spinning away from two more defenders and stiff-arming the last man to beat for a 63-yard touchdown.
The score seemed to take the air out of the Shadle Park sideline.
“I just do what I do,” he said. “Whatever I can do to help the team win.”
He added touchdown runs of 3 and 9 yards, and threw the 31-yard touchdown pass to Kaden Julian.
That trick play came on fourth-and-1. He took a pitch from a Dylan Tennancour, rolled right and threw a nice ball to a wide-open Julian.
It’s a play the team has been working on, and it worked to perfection.
Much like pretty much everything Friday.
Tennancour was an efficient 14-of-16 for 163 yards, and also scored on a 1-yard run. He added an interception on defense, while Simpson had nine receptions for 147 yards as he consistently abused the Shadle Park defense with his speed off the edge.
“We are happy with the win,” Ramos said, “but we’re looking forward to next week.”
There is a new king in the Tri-Cities, and it resides in east Kennewick.
The Kennewick football team ended Kamiakin’s throttlehold as the top Class 3A team in the area with a 27-14 victory Friday at Lampson Stadium to win a piece of the Mid-Columbia Conference crown.
“It was time to put an end to their reign,” Kennewick quarterback Dylan Tennancour said. “It feels amazing. I lost my voice from yelling so much.”
Kennewick (5-2 league, 6-2-1 overall) tied for the title with Kamiakin and Hanford but gets the No. 1 seed into the regional playoffs next week with a home game against Shadle Park of Spokane.
Kamiakin (5-2, 6-3) will hit the road to play University (Spokane) in the other regional playoff game, while Hanford is eliminated.
Tennancour was a major reason the Lions won the top seed, throwing for 176 yards and four touchdown passes. Three of the four came on play-action passes, as the Lions seemed to take the Braves by surprise with their passing game.
“I think they expected us to run the ball like we have the last couple of years,” Tennancour said. “We saw they were blitzing and stunting and bringing guys forward and we just started passing.”
And they didn’t stop.
Tennancour connected with wide receiver Kaden Julian on touchdown passes of 25, 50 and 35 yards. Slot receiver Bodie Simpson also hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass.
“We thought they’d be stuffing people in the box and thought we’d have the opportunity to throw,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “We knew the focus would be on Devven (Ramos). Kaden is an athlete, and we wanted to get him into space, and Dylan made some incredible throws.”
The Lions have not thrown much this season, instead riding Ramos to the second most rushing yards in the conference on the season.
And early on it looked as though Friday would be no different, as the Lions ran the ball on their first eight plays, until Tennancour connected with Julian down the middle on a 25-yard touchdown pass that the receiver caught just before sliding through the back of the end zone onto the concrete.
After a pair of punts, the Lions went back to work running the ball. Tennancour hit Simpson on a 26-yard gain on a play-action, and then threw a deep ball on third-and-2 that Tennancour ran under. He looked to be tackled inside the 5, but rolled over the defender into the end zone for a touchdown.
Kamiakin fumbled the ensuing kickoff and five plays later, a familiar scene unfolded as Tennancour got the Kamiakin defense to bite on the run again, and hit a streaking Julian for a third score and a 21-7 lead with 2 minutes left in the first half.
“It’s pretty satisfying to come out with a big passing game,” Julian said. “We expected to run the ball, but they were giving us man coverage and their safeties were biting on the run.
“It all just came together tonight.”
And what a time for it to come together.
The Lions not only won the league title, but they earned a spot in the regional playoffs in a must-win game. A loss would’ve meant a fourth-place finish in league and no playoff berth.
Instead, Kennewick took care of business.
“We talked about finding ways to win, whether it was for senior night or homecoming or whatever,” Julian said. “I wanted to win for the conference title. Being the first Mid-Columbia champs is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Early on it looked as though Kamiakin might be on its way to a third consecutive league title, driving the length of the field on its opening drive and scoring on a pass from Kylle Robertson to Brandon Larsen from 6-yards out.
But the Braves struggled to maintain drives throughout the night thanks to a strong defensive effort by Kennewick.
Kamiakin also was bitten by the injury bug. Already playing without receiver K Perrins, wideout Javan Williams — who leads the league in receiving yards and touchdowns — suffered an injury before halftime and had to be helped off the field. He did not return, further stunting an offense that was also missing running back Liam Ollila.
The Braves did attempt a rally in the fourth quarter, as Robertson scored on a 2-yard run to pull within 27-14. Kamiakin then forced a three-and-out to get the ball back, but the drive stalled and the Lions nearly wound out the clock.
“All the hard work over the summer paid off,” Tennancour said. “We needed a big win.”
Julian finished with four receptions for 110 yards, while Simpson had seven catches for 62 yards. Ramos rushed 27 times for 114 yards.
Robertson was 13-for-29 for 121 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Larsen had five receptions for 71 yards and the score.
Kamiakin 7 0 0 7 — 14
Kennewick 8 19 0 0 — 27
Kamiakin—Brandon Larsen 6 pass from Kylle Robertson (Connor Shymanski kick), 7:50
Kennewick—Kaden Julian 25 pass from Dylan Tennancour (Bodie Simpson pass from Tennancour), 4:26
Kennewick—Julian 50 pass from Tennancour (pass failed), 3:58
Kennewick—Julian 35 pass from Tennancour (Josh Kutzke kick), 2:10
Kennewick—Simpson 17 pass from Tennancour (kick failed), :35
Kamiakin—Robertson 2 run (Shymanski kick), 7:29
RUSHING—Kamiakin, Johnny Jansen 7-28, Robertston 10-22, Umid Ramizov 7-16. Kennewick, Ramos 27-114, Simpson 5-29, Jeremiah Sprague 2-4, Tennancour 4-(-33).
PASSING—Kamiakin, Robertson 13-29-1—121. Kennewick, Tennancour 12-15-1—176.
RECEIVING—Kamiakin, Larsen 5-71, Austin Gutierrez 2-22, Hunter Shauers 2-18, Javan Williams 2-12, Jansen 1-0, Ramizov 1-(-2). Kennewick, Simpson 7-62, Julian 4-110, Ramos 1-4.
SACKS—Kamiakin, Dylan Keech 2-31, Hayden Burris 1-6. Kennewick, Jacob Meise 1-11, Ramos 1-3.
INTERCEPTIONS—Kamiakin, Larsen 1-22. Kennewick, Martin Altahir 1-33.
FIRST DOWNS—Kamiakin 10, Kennewick 15. FUMBLES-LOST—Kamiakin 2-1, Kennewick 0-0. PENALTIES-YARDS—Kamiakin 4-50, Kennewick 7-50. PUNTING-AVG.—Kamiakin, 5-39.0; Kennewick, 6-30.0
You look at the career numbers put up by Kennewick running back Devven Ramos on Thursday night — 316 yards rushing and four total touchdowns — or the incredibly efficient night for Lions quarterback Dylan Tennancour (10-for-12, 220 yards and three TDs) and figure the game balls are going their way.
But the key to Kennewick’s 40-28 win over Walla Walla at Lampson Stadium lay elsewhere, with a group that rhymes with “shmoffensive line.”
“The line did an unbelievable job of opening holes, and I just had to be patient,” said Ramos, who scored on a 50-yard run to start the game and put the game away with a 51-yard stiff-arm clinic for a 19-point lead with 8:36 to play.
He also had two catches for 31 yards, accounting for 347 yards as Kennewick racked up 527 overall.
Devven Ramos scored on a 7-yard run with 22 seconds left to help the Kennewick Lions leap over the Sunnyside Grizzlies 18-13 on the road.
Sunnyside had scored on a 20-yard pass from Eddie Gonzalez to Joseph Contreras to go up 13-12, missing the two-point attempt with three minutes remaining, before the Lions marched down the field for the game winner.
“I was real proud,” Sunnyside coach Mark Marro said. “We had our starting quarterback out, and the backup quarterback (Gonzalez) did a great job for us. He threw for 75 yards, and we were able to put some strong defense together.
“We were missing three starters and two of them two-way starters. I was happy with how we played, obviously not happy with the outcome, but I was still happy.
Kennewick's Devven Ramos had been waiting his whole life for a game like this one.
The running back, who lost most of his junior season to a broken collarbone, ran for a career-high 169 yards and two touchdowns Friday.
He sliced and diced, juked and jumped, spun and cut back, helping lead the Lions to a dominating 23-7 Mid-Columbia Conference victory over host Chiawana at Edgar Brown Stadium.
"It's definitely a good welcome back game," Ramos said. "It was just power running and hitting the holes hard. The linemen did a great job."
Ramos helped the Lions control the game clock, and also provided most of the offense for a team with some banged up stars.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound back carried the ball 28 times, as he helped carry an offense that was missing wide receiver Bodie Simpson -- though Simpson did enter at receiver a few times in the second half.
"This is a real confident booster," Ramos said. "We know we're a good team. The win feels good, and we're all pretty happy."
Kennewick week 1 opponent Lake City (ID) lost their season opener on the road 35-28 vs Eagle Idaho. Lake City stats from the game can be found below.
Lake City, Shipley 13-111, Johnson 12-79, Jerry Louie-McGee 9-57, Gavin Rosteck 2-6, Robinson 4-4 Mitch Bevaqua 4-16, James Hicks 1-0.
Lake City, Bruce Shipley 6-9-0 74.
Lake City, Bevaqua 2-45, Johnson 1-5, Hocking 1-10, Louie-McGee 2-14
Lee: I did not see Lake City playing as well as it did in its road opener. That’s a very good sign. Kennewick will be in the wrong place at the wrong time Friday. LC is hungry to get off on the right foot at home. LC 34, Kennewick 19.
Dapper: Lake City will have its hands full. Kennewick brings back all-CBBN receivers Bodie Miller and Devven Rammos. The Timberwolves bring back a lot of experience. Don’t expect a blowout, but Lions may take it. Kennewick 30, LC 24
Collingwood: The experienced Timberwolves gave reloaded Eagle all it could handle last week. If LC’s option, spearheaded by QB Bruce Shipley, is effective again and its defense limits mistakes, it’ll win. LC 27, Kennewick 14.
It is perfectly natural for football players taking the field for the first time under those Friday night lights to get a major case of the nerves.
If the new crop of Kennewick Lions start feeling the pressure when they make the road trip to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, next week for the season opener with Lake City, they need look no further than a couple of their teammates for inspiration.
After all, they simply can't be feeling any bigger butterflies than what Devven Ramos experienced in his first varsity game.
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