Weinmann shines in Prosser’s victory over Kennewick

Though the game was marred by some typical Week 1 troubles — penalties, missed assignments, miscommunications — the Prosser High School football team saw exactly what it wanted in its 22-14 win Friday night over Kennewick at Lampson Stadium: a stellar performance from first-year starting quarterback Will Weinmann.

In the absence of 2017 graduate Tanner Bolt, the junior Weinmann completed 16 of 20 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown to lead the Mustangs to victory.
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Kennewick's Cedric Riel (38) runs out on the field holding Kennewick High School's flag at the start of a football game against Prosser. Prosser defeated Kennewick 22-14. Noelle Haro-Gomez Tri-City Herald

“There were the first series jitters, but it was good to get off to a fast start, get some points,” Weinmann said. “Also got to give a lot of credit to the O-Line, pushing ahead, and it helped us carry the momentum into the second half.”

The QB’s first start even drew praise from the opposing sideline.

“Their quarterback was very, very good, very efficient,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “That’s what Prosser does, they dink and dunk, and then they hit you over the top with a nice fade route. And he threw the fade very well today.”

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article170948352.html#storylink=cpy


einmann certainly didn’t have to do it all on his own. Senior running back JR Coleman, who was a contributor as a sophomore on the 2015 state championship team but was injured last season, carried it 24 times for 71 yards and scored a 2-yard touchdown to cap the Mustangs’ game-opening, 66-yard drive.

“We’re gonna rely on JR and his senior leadership, he’s been a tremendous back his whole career,” Prosser coach Corey Ingvalson said. “He probably got a few more carries than he was used to, as far as our offense goes, but he can handle that based on what the defense was giving us.”
Prosser's running back JR Coleman (25), center, drives the ball in for a touch down during a boys football game against Kennwick on Friday at Neil F. Lampson Stadium.

Kennewick had some changes to deal with in the offensive backfield as well with 2016 quarterback AJ Templeton moving to running back and Tim Gee taking over as QB1 in his stead.

Templeton had his two biggest runs of the night called back because of holding, but he still gained 34 yards on 15 touches. He did however leave the game with a right ankle injury late in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Linemen Austin Schoffstall and Braxton Brower also sustained injuries, both around halftime, that prevented them from returning to action.
Kennewick running back Atticus Templeton (4) stiff arms a Prosser defender on Friday at Lampson Stadium. Prosser defeated Kennewick 22-14.

Gee, a junior, struggled in the first half, completing just one pass — a 2-yard check down to running back Isaac Ruiz — on four attempts. But he settled in after halftime, finishing with 89 yards on 7-of-13 passing with a 1-yard rushing touchdown on the first drive of the second half, and a 12-yard TD pass to Emilio Ramos late in the fourth quarter.

“He especially had a good second half, and he did some nice things in the first half too,” Templeton said. “We’d get something going, and then shoot ourselves in the foot with a penalty or something like that.”

With its lead cut down to 8-6, Prosser answered Kennewick’s second-half-opening touchdown drive with one of its own, spanning 67 yards and ending with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Weinmann to Tyler Durbin. A pass from Weinmann to Coleman gave the Mustangs the 2-point conversion and a 16-6 lead with about a minute to go in the third.

The Mustangs added insurance when a fourth-quarter drive was extended by a muffed punt, eventually capitalizing with a 2-yard TD run by Kord Tuttle to stretch their lead to 22-6 with about 4 minutes remaining.

But the Lions still had some life, as Gee helped engineer a 61-yard drive that finished with his touchdown strike to Ramos. He then hit Zenon Thornton on the 2-point conversion to make it 22-14 and pull Kennewick within a possession with 2 minutes to go.

After Prosser recovered the onside kick, Kennewick stuffed Coleman on consecutive runs to force 3rd-and-long with plenty of time left. That was when Weinmann threw a jump ball up to wide out Will Thompson, and the junior brought it down for a 34-yard gain to put the game on ice.

“I’ve got faith in my wide receivers to make the catch and get us that first down to seal the game,” Weinmann said. “Which is good, you can count on them. (Thompson) has got great hands, and he’s put in a lot of work this summer to get better with his feet and hands, which is what you want as a quarterback.”

Prosser opened the season with a 28-7 win over Kennewick last year, and Ingvalson felt good about knocking off the Class 3A foe once again.

“Honestly, I’m ecstatic,” he said. “Our offseason was tremendous as far as commitment and guys working and being committed to each other. And for them to have this win and have it pay off here, it means a lot. Especially when we’re trying to keep that momentum going.”

Freshmen - Fall Details Here!

Freshman players and Parents see below for the fall schedule!

Things kickoff tonight 8/15 with a Parent Meeting from 8:30-9:15 in the KEHS Auditorium

Players - Lifting from 9:30-11:00p, then walk to Lampson Stadium at 11:45p for the Midnight Madness Football Kickoff Practice (Helmets Only) from Midnight to 1am.



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Fall Practice Starts Soon!

First Practice August 16th at Midnight!

  1. First Practice: Wednesday, August 16 at Midnight! (12:01AM Wednesday Morning)
  2. Parent Meeting: Tuesday, August 15th. 8:30-9:15 PM Kennewick Auditorium
  3. August Practice Calendar - HERE
  4. Please check Parent Portal to see if you are cleared and your physical is up-to-date.  (If you were cleared for Spring/Summer Football, you are cleared for Fall.  However, please double check to make sure all is in order.)
  5. If you need to get cleared for the Fall Football Season, you can also go to the Parent Portal and register. (Be sure your physical is valid.) LINK


Football Camp!!!

Football Camp starts this week!  Let's get better as a team.  Check out the schedule below:

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Online Sports Clearance!!

On-Line Sports Clearance Directions!

Sports Clearance is now online!!!  See below for directions:


Parents must log into Power School at KSD.org – Parents – Power School

***if you have not created an account for your student you will need to obtain the access ID and password, please call Ms. Gonzales at 222-6581 or Ms. Thoreson at 222-5314


On left hand side under "Lunch Balance" click the SPORTS CLEARANCE tab


Complete the following:

*Sports Clearance Form

*Emergency Information Form

**If there is a required field that does not apply to your student please type none or n/a


Read the following forms - Check "yes" you have read & approve - type parent name/student name at the bottom – submit

*Concussion Form

*Sudden Cardiac Arrest Form

*Anti-Hazing Form

*Training Rules Form

*Blank physical can be printed out. Completed physicals must be turned into the Athletics Office prior to try outs.


Please read and sign the "Sport Specific Form" for the sport your student would like to participate in.


2017 Summer Spirit Pack

Spirit Pack Orders Available from 4/27 to 5/14


Order your Kennewick Lions spirit pack wear including:

  • Pullover Sweatshirt
  • Long Sleeve Tee
  • Short Sleeve Tee
  • Pro-Tec 5-pad Girdle

To order:


enter acess code: lions7P7C

**No orders will be accepted after deadline**


For more information see the documents below:

pdfOrder Form


pdfOrdering Details



2016 All Conference Team Announced!


Congratulations to all the KHS Lions that were selected to the 2016 MCC Football All Conference Team.  Those selected include Senior Brendan Villasenor (1st Team OL), Keyshawn Owens (1st Team Kick Returner), Andrew Fridley (2nd Team Linebacker), Ronny Loomis (2nd Team Running Back), Blake Loftus (2nd Team Wide Receiver), Austin Albertin (Honrable Mention DB), and Junior Moses McAninch (Honarable Mention Defensive Line).

For the full 2016 list click here.

Kennewick cruises to 46-6 win over Pasco - TC Herald Article

Kennewick running back Ronny Loomis (11) follows his blockers downfield for a chunk of yardage during Friday night’s game against Pasco at Edgar Brown Stadium. Pasco defender Chris Pruneda (72) pursues the play. Check out a gallery at www.tricityherald.com.


AJ Templeton threw for 132 yards and four touchdowns — two going to Blake Loftus for 9 and 10 yards — and Kennewick rolled over Pasco 46-6 on Friday at Edgar Brown Stadium in an MCC matchup of teams denied playoff berths.

Ronny Loomis ran for 189 yards and a score on just 12 carries. Kennewick (3-6, 2-5) ran the ball 38 times for 374 yards and outgained the Bulldogs 506-191 overall.

Deondre Hendrix ran for 104 yards and a touchdown for Pasco (0-9, 0-7), which stuck the first points on the scoreboard but couldn’t find the end zone again.















P—Deondre Hendrix 9 run (kick fail)

K—Blake Loftus 9 pass from AJ Templeton (Emilio Ramos kick)

K—Keyshawn Owens 10 pass from Templeton (Easton Scantlin pass from Tucker Newman)

K—Tucker Newman 13 pass from Templeton (Ramos kick)

K—Ronny Loomis 4 run (Ramos kick)

K—Isaac Ruiz 17 run (Ramos kick)

K—Loftus 10 pass from Templeton (Ramos kick)

K—FG Ramos 30


RUSHING — K, Loomis 12-189, Owens 4-76, Templeton 5-34, James Bambock 6-23, Ruiz 3-20, Loftus 1-13, Cedric Riel 3-11, Jacob Schuldheisz 2-0. P, Hendrix 16-104, Keaton Stewart 11-32, Efrain Farias 6-10, Devin Cantu 3-(minus 4).

PASSING — K, Templeton 7-9-1—132. P, Stewart 8-18-1—56.

RECEIVING — K, Newman 2-60, Loftus 2-19, Loomis 1-26, Owens 1-10, Isaiah Thornton 1-17. P, Izmael Mercado 4-28, Farias 2-15, Jacob Sandoval 1-7, Ryan Calveard 1-6.



  1. NO PRACTICE MEMORIAL DAY - Our 1st Calendar stated that there was practice, that is incorrect. Please enjoy the holiday.
  2. I’m expecting New Large Helmets on Tuesday. Those of you who need a large helmet and haven’t gotten one, yet.  We plan to give you your helmet at that time.
  3. For other gear issues: I will be in the equipment room Memorial Day, from 6-7 PM. Please come up the side steps of the East Gym to get in.
  1. There are still a few of you without physicals.  You need to get those updated before you can participate in a practice.
  2. Reminder: MANDATORY PARENT MEETING with our AD, Ronny Coleman, this coming Thursday (June 2nd) in the Lion’s Den at 6:00 PM.
  3. Practice #1 – Tuesday, May 31st after school.  ALL LEVELS will meet on the fields at 6th and Dayton (formerly known as the “Freshmen Fields.” Helmets, shorts, cleats, practice jerseys.

Excited to see you all,

Coach Templeton

Coach T Update - 5-23-16

Parents/Players –

Have some things I’d like to share:

  1. We are checking out gear to upper classmen today and tomorrow from 2:30-4:00. 
  1. Frosh gear check out will be Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30-4:30 (please show up by 4:15)
  1. I’ve attached some “quick notes” that might help you with some logistics. - See Below

Have a great day,

Coach T.


Kennewick Football

Spring 2016

“Quick Notes”

1)  Practice #1 – Tuesday, May 31

    1. Helmets Only
    2. Black shorts and practice jerseys
    3. Players who can’t make afternoon practice due to baseball practices – 6:15-7:00 AM – Lampson

2)  Players need (3) days of helmet practices and (4) days of full pads to participate in camp Scrimmages

        ***When we go to full pads, players will wear

        Wear black shorts over their girdles and volleyball

        Knee pads (must buy on own.)

3)  Mandatory Parent Meeting with Athletic Director    

For: Any player attending camp.

Thursday, June 2. 6 PM. Lions’ Den

4)  $5 Physicals June 11, 8-11 AM

       Vista Care Center, 521 Young St

2016 Spring Kimmel Clothing Order Due 5/27


All-New 2016 Spring Clothing!

Order is now available online.

Check out the all new KHS football design for 2016!

**UPDATED - Items for 2016 can be ordered by May 27th, 2016 and will be delivered to Coach Templeton after the final order date.

For details on ordering goto: http://kimmel.itemorder.com and enter Sale Code: QUP8E


Items available in this year's new design include:

  • Gildan hooded Sweatshirt
  • Sport-Tek Short Sleeve Tee
  • Sport-Tek Long Sleeve Tee
  • Nike Short Sleeve Hot Jacket
  • Nike 1/2 Zip Pullover
  • Gildan Open Bottom Sweatpant

Equipment items available at this time include:

  • Russell Integrated Girdle*
  • Shock Doctor Gel Max Mouthguard**
  • ASO Ankle Brace*

*Reccomended** Required



Orders will be compiled and delivered to the school approx. 3-4 weeks after the site closes. 

Order deadline is 5/27/16 at 11:59 pm. 

All Sales Are Final. 

No Returns or Exchanges.

Mid-Columbia high schools strike Super Bowl gold

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.

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.

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