Kennewick gets crafty in 20-7 win

Kennewick gets crafty in 20-7 win vs. Sunnyside

KENNEWICK — A trick play isn’t an everyday thing. You use it when you need it, sometimes in the most dire of consequences.

The Kennewick Lions needed it — twice, in fact — Thursday night to pull out a 20-7 CBBN 3A win over the Sunnyside Grizzlies at Lampson Stadium.

“You always want to save those, but I felt we were stuck in the mud,” Lions coach Bill Templeton said after his team improved to 4-1 and 2-1 in the CBBN 3A.

Less than a week ago, Kennewick lost a 14-6 heartbreaker to Kamiakin on the same field, and the Lions knew a win would help close that wound.

“I’m very proud of the kids. Last Friday was crazy,” Templeton said. “One of our words for the week was perseverance. We were mentally tough, and we battled through some things.”

Kennewick fought through a rough first quarter, going three-and-out on its first two drives and then wasted a 39-yard run by Grant Woods on the next drive, which ended with a punt from the Sunnyside 35.

But Woods came up with another big run of 48 yards to set up Kennewick’s first score. With 3:14 left in the half, Lions quarterback Bryce Leavitt handed off to Woods, who then flipped it back to Kaden Julian on a reverse. Julian stopped and hit Troy Fulton in the front of the end zone for a 6-0 lead.

Sunnyside scored on its next drive, which was set up with a 50-yard quarterback scramble by Eduardo Salmeron that put the Grizzlies at the Lions’ 22-yard line. Israel Manzo scored four plays later on an 8-yard run, and Sunnyside pulled ahead 7-6 with just 44 seconds left before halftime.

But Woods turned savior again, hauling in a 45-yard pass from Leavitt down the left sideline to put Kennewick back in scoring position with 18 seconds left. Woods accounted for seven first downs — six by rushing, one by receiving — and finished with 223 yards rushing on 25 carries.

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Hard Fought Game ends In Loss

KENNEWICK -- There is smash-mouth football, and then there is "Pow! In your face, a fist to the teeth" football.

And somewhere on the other side of that, is Kennewick and Kamiakin football.

Zach Umemoto ran for 134 yards and crashed into the end zone two times, and Kamiakin's defense was at its blitzing best as the Braves took a physical, 14-6 decision off the rival Lions on Friday night before a packed house at Lampson Stadium.

A crowd near the 6,800 capacity watched a punishing game between two ranked, unbeaten teams -- even the coaches were limping after this one -- as Kamiakin (4-0, 2-0) remained on top of the CBBN 3A.

And this win came thanks to a ground-pounding attack that Umemotored on a late drive to put the game away.

"Unbelievable," said Joe Hunt, a member of the offensive line that cleared the way as well as an all-over-the-field defensive end and key special teams player. "This has got to be right up there next to the state championship game last year."

The Braves, state runners-up last year, couldn't pull free of Kennewick (3-1, 1-1) until Umemoto's 1-yard plunge with 1:48 to play.

The 10-play, 62-yard drive was all Umemoto, who was a gut punch to a defense that had traded blow-for-blow with the Braves.

"Those guys are pretty big, pretty strong," said Lions running back/corner Grant Woods, who came into the game averaging 11.2 yards per carry but was held to 22 on 10 touches. "We're smaller, but we have speed. But props to Umemoto."

East Kennewick > Eastmont

Eastmont no match for Kennewick

Saturday, September 17, 2011

KENNEWICK — Nobody saw this one coming.

Eastmont, down but not out after a pair of fairly competitive losses against Class 4A opponents to start the season, was whitewashed in its Big Nine 3A opener Friday night, a demoralizing 41-0 loss to Kennewick at Lampson Stadium.

While Kennewick (3-0) came into the game with momentum, its previous lopsided victories came against Prosser and Hermiston, both smaller schools.

Eastmont fared no better than either of the Lions’ previous opponents, allowing three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters and managing just 57 yards of offense before the half.

“They executed at a very high level, and right now we’re so thin in a lot of spots,” said Eastmont coach Doug McGill, whose team played without safety Trenton Osborn (agitated hip flexor) and lineman Kyle Brooks (shoulder). “Their defense was as advertised. They’re quick to the ball, quick to react, and it meant for a frustrating difficult night on both sides of the ball.”

Kennewick quarterback Bryce Leavitt torched the Wildcats through the air, racking up 208 yards and four touchdowns on 8 for 9 passing — all in the first half.

Grant Woods was just as effective on the ground for the Lions, piling up 103 yards and a score on six carries — also all in the first half.

Woods gave the Lions a jolt from the outset. He carried the ball on their first two plays from scrimmage, resulting in a 50-yard rush followed by an eight-yard scamper to the end zone.

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Lions 3-0

Kennewick rolls in big win over Eastmont

By Kevin Anthony, Tri-City Herald

KENNEWICK -- The Kennewick Lions turned one of sports' oldest axioms on its head Friday night, proving that a bad practice makes perfect.

A sloppy effort midweek had coach Bill Templeton spitting fire, which in turn fired up the Lions and led to a 41-0 rout of the Eastmont Wildcats in the CBBN 3A opener for both teams at Lampson Stadium.

"If you've ever seen Coach Templeton mad ... I tell you what," said Kennewick receiver Reggie Clinton, who had two big catches and two nice punt returns in a perfect first half of football for the Lions.

Kennewick (3-0) did all of its scoring in the first half, converting all six possessions into touchdowns. Quarterback Bryce Leavitt was 8-for-9 for 208 yards and four touchdowns: 50 and 22 yards to Chase Reining, 40 yards to Clinton and 10 to Brock Schuh.

Garrett Woods and Bodie Simpson each ran for a score, Woods racking up 103 yards on six carries as the Lions outgained Eastmont (0-3) 351-69 in the first two quarters.

"You see that scoreboard -- that shows it all right there," Clinton said. "That's hard work and dedication right there."

"Did you see that first play?" he asked, referring to Woods' 50-yard sprint through a gaping hole. "That doesn't happen if Ivan Diaz doesn't do his job, if Jarrod Howell doesn't do his job, Garrett Wilz, Jarod Gonzales, T.J. Fields."

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Kennewick roar past Pendleton 53-6

KENNEWICK -- It is no easy task figuring out the MVP of Kennewick's 53-6 drubbing of the Pendleton Buckaroos in the Lions' season opener Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

Is it Grant Woods, who ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns on nine first-half carries and provided some serious "stick 'em" from his cornerback spot?

Is it big-play 'backer Devven Ramos, who returned a fumble 50 yards for a defensive score and rumbled 57 yards for an offensive one?

The offensive line, which sealed off the running lanes for big gains; the defense, which picked off three passes, got the fumble and added three sacks and two more tackles for loss?

Or maybe it was the running clock, which made the second half fly by.

Heck, after a game like this, there are enough game balls for all.

"It felt awesome," said Woods, who scored on runs of 13, 3 and 5 yards and also broke off a 54-yard scamper that came up short of the end zone.

"I've had butterflies the entire time since third hour when we had a pep assembly."

Lions in TCH!

Taking the reins: Leavitt looks to step for KeHS

By Katie Dorsey, Tri-City Herald

KENNEWICK -- In the dead of night, Bryce Leavitt might dream of juking out a defender on the football field or basketball court.

But the Kennewick High School senior probably isn't catching any "z's." He likely is wide awake, working under the moonlight to make those dreams a reality.

Leavitt, who aspires to play college basketball, likes to practice his shot at night. But after some noise complaints, his parents decided he couldn't play past 10 p.m.

That hasn't stopped the self-proclaimed gym rat from getting out there anyway.

"When I want to shoot, I go out and shoot really quietly," he said.

Leavitt averaged 16.7 points last season in leading the Kennewick boys basketball team to the CBBN 3A district playoffs, and his work ethic has carried over into football, while preparing for his new job as the Lions' starting quarterback.

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Templeton Nears 2nd Most Wins

Head Coach Bill Templeton (KeHS '87) is 2 wins shy of taking over 2nd place on Kennewick's all-time winningest coaches list.

Templeton's 39 career wins is just shy of Ted Homme's 40.  The top spot is held by legendary coach Ed Troxel whom coach Templeton played for.


1.  Ed Troxel  106-33
2.  Ted Homme 40-27
3.  Bill Templeton 39-49
4.  George Karamatic 26-18
5.  Mel Thompson 20-13

Football Game next Week!

Season opener next Friday!

Kennewick Lions (0-0) vs. Pendleton Buckaroos (0-0)
7:00PM @ Pendleton

Football Practice Just A Week Away!

Excitement is in the air as the Kennewick Lions begin fall football practice on Wednesday 8/17!

Word is getting out about the level of talent the Lions posess this year including Bryce Leavitt, Devven Ramos, Grant Woods, and Bodie Simpson just to name a few.

Look for the full roster and more as fall practices get underway counting down to the season opener 9/2 on the road vs. Pendleton!

2011 Football Camp

2011 Football Camp

Ages: 3rd - 8th Grades (entering Fall quarter 2011)
Dates: July 18th, 19th, 20th
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Lampson Stadium - Kennewick

Staff: Bill Templeton, Head Football Coach at Kennewick High, Craig Beverlin, former head coach of Kamiakin High School; and Tom Moore, former head coach of Prosser High School

Fee: $50/Child OR $75/Family

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Summer Camp Info & Forms!

Required Forms and Summer Athletic Development Forms are available.  Head over to the the Downloads Page for more information

Big Game Looms

Cross-town rivals square off with playoff berth on the line

By Jack Millikin, Herald staff writer

For the last 14 years, the Kennewick Lions and Southridge Suns have put pride and sweat on the line in their cross-town football rivalry.

This year the stakes are a little higher, however, as both teams remain in the fight for one of the four 3A regional playoff spots on Friday, Nov. 5.

The Suns (3-4, 3-2 CBBN 3A) will take on the Lions (5-2, 3-2) at 7:30 p.m. today at Lampson Stadium.

A win for Southridge clinches a regional berth, but a Kennewick win -- along with a Pasco win -- means a Week 9 showdown against the Bulldogs at Edgar Brown Stadium for the final playoff spot.

"First, it's Kennewick versus Southridge. Playoffs aside, it means a lot to both sides," Lions coach Bill Templeton said. "We both want to go out and perform well."

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Kennewick Over Sunnyside

Kennewick 34, Sunnyside 7

By the Herald staff

SUNNYSIDE -- Kennewick Lions quarterback Drew Loftus had a career night against the Grizzlies to earn their first CBBN 3A league victory of the season.

Loftus rushed 11 times for 235 yards and five touchdowns.

He also threw for 150 yards.

Loftus scored on runs of 63, 45, 38, 9 and 1 yards for the Lions (2-2, 1-2).

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Kennewick tops Hermiston

Kennewick tops Hermiston 27-20

By Brandon Jones, Special to the Herald

KENNEWICK -- Kennewick quarterback Drew Loftus had 173 yards and two touchdowns through the air, as the Lions hung on to defeat the Hermiston Bulldogs 27-20 in a nonleague game at Lampson Stadium on Friday.

The Lions offense set the tone on the first drive of the game as they marched over 70 yards on 10 plays to go up 7-0.

Loftus rolled out to the left after a bad snap and put a 20-yard pass on the money to Devven Ramos in the end zone -- the first of many big plays he would make on this night.

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2010 Freshmen

2010 Freshmen

2010 Freshmen Class –

Kennewick Football wants you!  Statistics show that kids who are involved in school activities have a more successful high school experience than those who don’t.  Our program pursues excellence and will help you do the same.  The student-athletes in your class have the potential to do great things here at KeHS.  To best fulfill this potential, there are things we must do. These include, but aren’t restricted to the following:

1) Achieve (At Least) a 2.0 GPA this spring and beyond.

2) Participate in Spring Football

3) Attend FB Camp - Fundraisers available

4) Attend Athletic Development Camp

5) Take “Cross-Training” or “Strength and Conditioning” next Fall

(Zero Hour (6:30 AM) is best for 9th Grade Schedules)

Make requests to your KeHS Counselor when you register for classes


Thank you, Bill Templeton – Head Coach, Kennewick High School

Kennewick looking to ride rushing attack to victory

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No Practice Saturday 9/3

Parents / Players:

Due to Prosser cancelling our JV game with them on Monday, there will be NO JV Practice tomorrow (Sat.) morning.  JV and Varsity will practice in Lampson on Monday at 4:00 PM,

Thank you,

Coach Templeton

Defense keys Prosser’s 28-7 win over Kennewick

Offense and Defense Shine Under the Space Needle

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Result:                  1Q          2Q          3Q          4Q          FINAL

Kennewick          7              13           9              7              37

Cleveland            0              6              0              0              6




1st Quarter

8:57 – KHS  AJ Templeton to Blake Loftus 39-yard Pass (Emilio Ramos Kick)


2nd Quarter

10:54 – CHS Chris Sheckles 6-yard run (conversion failed)

7:36 – KHS Templeton to Loftus 20-yard Pass (Kick Failed)

5:05 – KHS Kyle Benton Punt Block recovered for TD ( Andrew Fridley 2pt conversion good)


3rd Quarter

7:50 – KHS Templeton 1-yard Run (Ramos Kick)

2:36 – KHS Safety


4th Quarter

10:35 – KHS Templeton to Austin Albertin 9-yard Pass (Ramos Kick)




On a sunny Seattle day at the base of the Space Needle, the Kennewick Lions overmatched the Cleveland Eagles 37-6.  The Lions offense got on track early behind the arm of Sophomore QB AJ Templeton.  In the first quarter Templeton hooked up with senior receiver Blake Loftus for a 39-yard TD pass.  The same pair would connect later on a 20-yard TD score to put the Lions up for good.  Templeton finished 12-20 for 195-yards and 3TD, Loftus had 8 catches on the day for 149-yards and 2TD.  The Lions defense proved a stout test for the Eagles, limiting their run-heavy offense to 105-yards on 35 carries.  Austin Albertin had an interception for the lions.  Junior Kyle Benton blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a score.

Walla Walla v Kennewick Preview - Union Bulliten

Walla Walla High School’s football team will go after its third straight win Friday, when the Blue Devils host Kennewick in a Mid-Columbia Conference matchup at Borleske Stadium.

The Blue Devils (2-1 overall, 1-0 in the league) entered this season with the ambition to win at least three quarters of their games, and a victory Friday would get them back on track as they begin the middle third of their schedule.

“There’s a very nice sense of confidence right now and a true workman-like attitude,” Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said. “We are focusing on this next three-game stretch, and our goal is to finish it 3-0. But the most important game on the entire schedule is Kennewick.”

Wa-Hi looks to build off a thrilling, 50-48, victory last week at Hanford. The Blue Devils mounted several big leads, but the Falcons threatened to come all the way back until Wa-Hi made a decisive defensive stand in the closing minutes.

“What sticks out in my mind after the win is that we had to truly play 48 minutes to win the game,” Hisaw said. “We didn’t play well for the entire game, but we played every minute and had to really buckle down at key moments to get a win.

“I loved our kids’ attitude and resiliency on the field and sideline.” 

As the season unfolds with a new chapter or episode each week, the Hanford game could very well be remembered as pivotal.

“They never got down or negative,” Hisaw said of his team. “They just kept playing, and you could feel their confidence. We will take a lot from this game in terms of situational pressure we were in. You can’t simulate being ahead by two points, having to play defense from darn near midfield, with 4-6 minutes to play. Nor when you get the ball back after making a fourth-down stand, and having to get a first down to seal the win.

“Our kids were terrific under pressure.”

The Blue Devils suffered a few injuries at Hanford. Senior Miguel Baza and junior Mason Knowles have practiced this week and will be active Friday, but senior lineman Adam Boggs will remain sidelined — a tough loss for Wa-Hi’s inexperienced line.

“(Boggs is) a huge hole to fill,” Hisaw said. “He’s been so great for us on both the offensive and defensive lines.”

The Blue Devils face another big challenge in the well-tested Kennewick team. The Lions started the season by battling Prosser (last year’s Class 2A state champions), crushed Cleveland the following week, and then faced unbeaten Richland, losing the first and third games.

The Lions are prepared.

“Kennewick is coming in at 1-2, but it’s very, very misleading,” Hisaw said. “They lost to Prosser, No. 1-ranked in the 2A, and then Richland, No. 3 ranked in 4A. They are always very physical up front on both sides of the ball, and play extremely hard. They have more youth than they did last year, but they are also very athletic. They are in a different defense than we’ve seen all year as well, and they’ve changed their offense a bit.”

Kennewick quarterback A.J. Templeton has thrown for 361 yards and three touchdowns on 31-of-62 passing. 

Receiver Blake Loftus has totaled 204 yards on 14 catches. 

The Lions’ production thus far may seem paltry compared to the Blue Devils’ high-octane offense, but Hisaw warned that counting Kennewick out will only set the stage for an upset.

“We will have to tackle much better than we did last week, and we have to stop the run better,” Hisaw said. “They will be coming in here after beating us last year, knowing that they can compete with us because they have in the past. 

“If we don’t match or exceed their physicality on Friday night, it will be a long one for us.”

Templeton, Kennewick knock off Walla Walla in OT

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