Kennewick Gets 1st Victory

Rousing night for Ramos as Kennewick dominates Chiawana

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."

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Week 1 Opponent - Lake City (ID)

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

Week 1 - How Idaho Sees It

Kennewick (0-0) at Lake City (0-1)

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.

Lions Duo Should Produce

Kennewick football duo expects to produce lion's share of offense

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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High School Fall Sports Registration

High School Fall Sports Registration is on Monday, August 13. Students need to bring payment for all fees and a completed athletic registration packet. Click Here for Athletic Registration Forms.

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Show Your Spirit WIth a 2012 Fan Jersey!

Brand new for the 2012 season are customizable replica fan jerseys!

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Kennewick Football has teamed up with Washington Sports Network to bring the fans cloaser to the action and allow parents, alumni, students, and fans to support Lions Football by showing their TRUE colors with a replica football jersey!

Orders will be placed in 2 weeks and should be delivered by Oct 12th


  • Official Lions Fan Jersey


  • Mesh body with dazzle sleeves & shoulders
  • Screen print name & numbers
  • Rib-knit v-neck collar
  • Team color stripes
  • Personalized player name on back
  • Custom number on front & back.

    This limited time offer is available for ordering online only!  Check back in a couple of weeks for full details.  Don't be left out!

    FB Camp Will Get Wristbands not Shirts

    Though we asked for shirt sizes initially for the FB Camp - we are going to go with daily wristbands w/ inspirational saying on them.

    Discount Cleats!

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    Spring/Summer Calendar 2012!

    The Spring and Summer Calendar is now available via the Calendar link above or you can click here.

    Let's get ready for a great season in the Fall!

    Game DVD's Now available

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    Lions Fall in Semis

    Kamiakin back in semis after tripping Kennewick 22-14

    By Kevin Anthony, Tri-City Herald

    KENNEWICK -- On offense, on defense -- there might be a whisker's difference between the Kamiakin Braves and Kennewick Lions.

    On special teams, though, there is a vast gulf. At least there was Saturday.

    Two blocked punts and a fumbled return led to a Braves' scoring burst late in the first half, and another muffed punt return opened the door to a clinching score in Kamiakin's 22-14 win over the Lions in a 3A state quarterfinal at Lampson Stadium.

    Zach Umemoto ran for 118 yards on 30 tough carries for Kamiakin, and Drew Oord scored a pair of touchdowns, including an 8-yard return of his own punt block.

    That play proved a key turning point in the game.

    "It's a game of momentum," said Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin, who has guided the Braves to back-to-back semifinal appearances in his three years.

    Kamiakin (12-0) will face a familiar foe next Saturday back at Lampson when unbeaten and top-ranked Bellevue (12-0) comes to town (time TBD). The Wolverines have won eight of the last 10 3A state titles and three in a row, including last year's 38-0 rout of Kamiakin in the championship game.

    "Everybody's excited," said Oord, a starter on last year's team. "We knew we have to practice hard this week to get ready for them. But for now, we want to redeem ourselves and show that we belong with them."

    It was no surprise that points were at a premium with two dominating defenses on the field, and it was Kennewick (10-2) that struck first.

    After threatening on their first drive but coming up empty from inside the 10, the Lions hit the big plays late in the first quarter.

    Grant Woods, who broke off a 47-yard run on the first drive, bounced outside for 46 more to move Kennewick to the 26. From there, Brock Schuh went up strong to win a jump ball at the goal line for a 26-yard scoring pass from Bryce Leavitt and a 7-0 lead.

    After Kamiakin stalled at midfield on its next possession, the Braves forced a three-and-out, thanks to a sack and another stop from Kevin Graeger.

    Devven Ramos was back near the Lions' 10 to punt, but Oord crashed through the middle and stuffed the kick. The ball took a lollipop hop right into Oord's arms, and it was an easy score.

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    Kennewick routs Southridge

    Kennewick routs Southridge

    By Jack Millikin, Tri-City Herald

    KENNEWICK -- Grant Woods was in eighth grade when the Kennewick football team last won a state playoff game.

    He's hoping the Lions' latest win, a 39-6 victory over Southridge in the first round of the 3A state playoffs, will leave as big an impression on future Kennewick players as the 2007 team did on him.

    "To be a part of the team doing it now is awesome," Woods said. "There's got to be some eighth graders out there watching."

    The senior running back gave them something to cheer about Saturday at Lampson Stadium, rushing 26 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and taking a screen pass 65 yards for another score to help lift Kennewick into the 3A quarterfinals next Saturday against Kamiakin.

    That's the same Braves team that beat them 14-6 back in Week 4, still the Lions' ony loss.

    "That's pretty neat. We get a quarterfinal rematch," Woods said. "It's going to be a big game."

    Before the Lions even thought about that game, however, they had to take care of business against a Southridge squad loaded with weapons.

    The Lions got to it quickly, as quarterback Bryce Leavitt threw a simple screen pass to Woods just a minute and 20 seconds into the game and watched the CBBN 3A scoring leader cruise down the left sideline for a 65-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

    The Suns answered back with a 12-play drive that ended with a 46-yard field goal by Chandler Mertens that cut the lead to 7-3.

    That's when Leavitt and Woods, behind a punishing front five, started to take over. The two combined for 282 yards and three scores on the ground, but Leavitt set the tone with a mad scramble on third and 1 from the Kennewick 40-yard line. The 6-foot-4 senior zig-zagged back and forth across the field until, before it was over, he had a 41-yard gain.

    That set up a 1-yard sneak by Leavitt that pushed the lead to 13-3.

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    Love goes a long way for Templeton family

    Love goes a long way for Templeton family

    Two weeks ago, Kennewick football coach Bill Templeton was grateful for the gift of technology as he watched via internet from a hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as his Lions recorded their third shutout of the year against the Pasco Bulldogs 35-0.

    What brought him to that faraway place was the gift of love.

    A trip that long is never easy, but the Templetons are looking forward to a profoundly adventurous journey of adding to their already rich family of four (they had two children before the adoption: Hannah and Atticus). Templeton and his wife Kelli Jo were there to put the final touches on their adoption of two Ethiopian boys.

    "Ten or fifteen years ago, I was listening to a sermon on the radio. It talked about King David and his best friend Jonathan's son. When Jonathan passed away, David adopted his son," Templeton said.

    "The sermon was about how adoption is a beautiful metaphor for how God adopts us into His family."

    The process began almost two years ago in February at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Portland, where Templeton and his wife met the two boys — seven-year-old Gezahegne and four-year-old Endale — for the first time. They spent some time with each other and decided to push ahead with the adoption.

    It's an expensive process — Templeton had heard it could be as much as $50,000 to adopt both boys — and it takes a lot of patience ("It's been a long journey," he said). However, he credited the generosity of friends, the church and the local community for their many levels of support.

    "Most of it is plane tickets," Templeton said. "It ended up being closer to about $35,000."

    Two years later, Bill and Kelli Jo couldn't be happier with their decision.

    "We've been blessed," Tempoleton said.

    It sounds like the boys are starting to adapt to their new home and city. For starters, they've both taken 'American' names. Gezahegne, now 9, is now called Silas. His brother Endale, now 6, is known as Jonathan.

    "They probably know about 40 or 50 English words each," Bill said. "Their first experience with American football was our playoff win over Mt. Spokane."

    Templeton loves telling his Kennewick players that it's not where you start, it's where you finish. A win Saturday against Kamiakin puts the Lions in the state semifinals for the first time since 1992.

    But by graciously allowing Silas and Jonathan into their lives, the Templetons have shown others the true meaning of family and how, sometimes, long journeys are worth every single step.

    Kennewick #9 In Final ST Poll

    Kennewick climbs one spot to #9 in the final Seattle Times state football pollFrom here on out things will be settled on the field in the 3A Stte Tournament.

    Class 3A

    1. Bellevue 10-0
    2. Lakes (Lakewood) 10-0
    3. O'Dea (Seattle) 10-0
    4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) 10-0
    5. Meadowdale (Lynnwood) 10-0
    6. Camas 9-1
    7. Seattle Prep 9-1
    8. Mercer Island 8-2
    9. Kennewick 9-1
    10. Mount Si (Snoqualmie) 7-3

    Kennewick defense dominates Mt. Spokane

    KENNEWICK -- The moment the referee ruled the ball a fumble, the Kennewick defenders told Grant Woods not to worry they'd get the ball back.

    The Lions did just that all Friday night long, dominating Mt. Spokane 27-0 in a Class 3A regional football playoff game at Lampson Stadium.

    Woods fumbled inside the 15-yard line early in the third quarter and the Wildcats took the next two plays 35 yards. But the Lions defense stiffened and forced a punt.

    "That was a big stop," Kennewick's Brock Schuh said. "We knew we'd get the ball back. We told Grant not to worry about it and that we'd get it back."

    After the punt, the Lions went 76 yards on seven plays highlighted by Reggie Clinton's catch-and-run 51-yard gain. Bryce Leavitt scored from 2 yards out for a 20-0 lead.

    "It was only 13-0 at the half, but I felt we controlled things," Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. "I felt like if we could punch it in, it would go a long way toward winning the game."

    The victory puts the Lions into the state playoffs for the first time since 2007. Kennewick will face Southridge in the first round next weekend.

    Lions Break Into Sea. Times Top 10

    Class 3A

    1. Bellevue (9-0) beat Liberty 38-0
    2. Lakes (Lakewood) (9-0) beat Bonney Lake 62-14
    3. O'Dea (Seattle) (9-0) beat Franklin 56-0
    4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (9-0) beat Eastmont 41-17
    5. Meadowdale (Lynnwood) (9-0) beat No. 8 Oak Harbor 34-17 Thursday
    6. Camas (8-1) beat Kelso 55-0
    7. Peninsula (Gig Harbor) (8-1) beat Enumclaw 48-6 Thursday
    8. Seattle Prep (8-1) beat West Seattle 42-0
    9. Mercer Island (7-2) beat Lake Washington 52-7
    10. Kennewick (8-1) beat Pasco 35-0 Thursday

    Kennewick shuts out Pasco 35-0

    Kennewick shuts out Pasco 35-0

    By Kevin Anthony, Tri-City Herald

    KENNEWICK — On the first brisk night of the season, it took the Kennewick Lions a few series to get warmed up. But once they did, they never cooled off.

    Grant Woods ran for 198 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and the Lions defense pitched its third shutout of the season in a 35-0 rout of the Pasco Bulldogs on Thursday night at Lampson Stadium.

    The win sends the 10th-ranked Lions (8-1, 6-1 CBBN 3A) into the postseason with just a single loss. Kennewick will entertain the No. 2 seed from the Greater Spokane League -- the winner of tonight's North Central-Mount Spokane game -- at 5:30 p.m. next Friday at Lampson ahead of Kamiakin's game against the CBBN No. 4, either Hanford or Eastmont.

    Pasco (0-9, 0-7) kept the wraps on Woods during Kennewick's first two series, limiting him to 9 yards on his first six carries. But on the first play of the Lions' third possession, the speedy senior charged through a lane opened by Garrett Wilz and Clayten Ayres and raced 44 yards for the score.

    The carry sent the CBBN 3A rushing leader over 1,000 yards, but he said that was the last thing on his mind.

    "I was just thinking we need the score," said Woods, who sits with 1,168 yards and 14 rushing TDs. "They shut us down the first two drives."

    It was just the start of a big night for the Kennewick offense, and a long one for the Bulldogs.

    Woods scored on a 10-yard on the next possession and added 48- and 7-yard scores in the second half. Bryce Leavitt hit Brock Schuh in stride on a seam route for a 31-yard score at the end of the first half for a 21-0 lead.

    The Lions went on to roll up 364 total yards, 286 on the ground.

    "The line does a good job, and Grant runs hard," said two-way lineman Jarod Gonzales. "He doesn't stop. He fights for those extra yards."

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    Senior Night Live!

    The 2011 Regular Season finale will be live on the internet this Thursday at 7:15pm on starting at 7:15pm vs the Pasco Bulldogs.

    The Lions wrap up the regular season on Thursday and then look to a week 10 Greater Spokane League crossover game vs the #3 seed.

    Head Coach Bill Templeton may be tuning into the game as well from the other side of the globe.  Coach Templeton and his wife Kelli are in Africa finalizing the adoption of 2 boys from Ethiopia. "If the place we are staying has internet I'll be tuning in for sure!" said Coach Templeton as he left the Tri Cities on Sunday.  Coach Templeton and new family members should be back in time for Sunday Film review.

    Kennewick Manhandles Southridge

    Kennewick manhandles Southridge 35-7

    By Kevin Anthony, Tri-City Herald

    KENNEWICK Postseason seeding and a home playoff game on the line, a raucous homecoming crowd to entertain and a heated rival on the other sideline.

    The Kennewick Lions picked a perfect game to put forth one of their best efforts.

    Grant Woods piled up 162 of Kennewick's 298 yards on the ground, Bryce Leavitt threw for two scores and ran for another, and the Lions' defense turned away two threats in the first half and then turned out the lights in a 35-7 win over the Southridge Suns in a key CBBN 3A contest Friday at Lampson Stadium.

    "It was a big game, and we knew we had to step to them," said linebacker Shaun Smith, who turned in three big plays to help deny points to the Suns after they reached the Kennewick 14 and 3.

    The victory locks up the league's No. 2 seed for 10th-ranked Kennewick (7-1, 5-1), which finishes the regular season with Pasco next week and then will entertain the Greater Spokane League's No. 2 seed in the regional playoffs.

    The loss for Southridge (5-3, 4-2) sends them to the third seed and on the road for regionals against University. But more than that, it exposed the fact that one of the most gifted teams in the area is not ready to stand up to the most physical teams in the league.

    And Kennewick has proven they can punch and take a punch.

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    TNT Ranks Lions #9 Statewide

    CLASS 3A as of 10/9
    1. Bellevue (6-0)
    2. Lakes (6-0)
    3. O’Dea (6-0)
    4. Kamiakin (6-0)
    5. Camas (5-1)
    6. Meadowdale (6-0)
    7. Peninsula (5-1)
    8. Oak Harbor (6-0)
    9. Kennewick (5-1)
    10. Seattle Prep (6-0)
    Next: Auburn Mountainview (5-1), Bonney Lake (4-2), Capital (3-3), Eastside Catholic (3-3), Kennedy Catholic (5-1), Lincoln (3-3), Mercer Island (4-2), Mount Si (4-2), Mountain View (4-2)

    Win Over Falcons Runs Record to 5-1

    Kennewick rallies past Hanford

    By Bruce Blizard, Special to the Tri-City Herald

    RICHLAND -- Sports fans love statistics, but numbers alone usually do not tell the whole story of a football game.

    Then there are those occasions when they do.

    Hanford played what may have been its best half of the season, capitalizing on a blocked punt and a pass interception to take a 16-7 halftime lead over a heavily-favored Kennewick team at Fran Rish Stadium.

    Then, the Falcons succumbed to those undeniable statistics.

    Kennewick held the Falcons to just eight yards in the third quarter and just 38 yards for the entire second half on the way to 28-16 win. The victory allows Kennewick to stay just a game back of Kamiakin in the Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference 3A standings.

    As they have done at least a couple of times this season, Hanford outplayed a favored opponent in the first half.

    Kennewick had run 19 plays in the first quarter -- compared to just three for Hanford -- when the Falcons forced the Lions to punt from midfield. The punt was blocked, and Hanford recovered the ball on the Kennewick 45. Falcons quarterback Austin Forsyth connected Jake Oram on a 45-yard touchdown pass on the first play from that spot. The extra point attempt was wide.

    Grant Woods set up Kennewick's first score by returning the ensuing kickoff 45 yards to the Hanford 49. Woods gave his team a 7-6 lead from 13 yards out nine plays later, with 11:51 left in the second quarter.

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