Chiawana holds off Kennewick in MCC football

Kennewick grinds out 14-3 win over Southridge

Physical Play, Stout Defense Leads Lions to Victory


By Tri City Herald

The Kennewick Lions used tough defense and scored just enough points Friday night to beat the host Southridge Suns 14-3 in a Mid-Columbia Conference football game at Lampson Stadium.

With the victory, the Lions raise their MCC record to 2-3, tying them with Hanford for the No. 2 playoff seed.

Two weeks remain in the regular season.

Hanford plays at Walla Walla next Friday, while Kennewick hosts Chiawana.

Then, on Oct. 30, Kennewick visits Hanford.

The Lions took the lead from the outset, when Ronny Loomis scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter.

Southridge answered in the second quarter, when Hunter Spiva kicked a 37-yard field goal to cut the Lions’ lead to 7-3.

The Suns had their chances inside the red zone, but Kennewick’s defense held tough.

The Lions added another TD in the fourth quarter, as Isaac Ruiz scored on an 8-yard pass from Dillon Plew.

Ruiz finished with 65 rushing yards.

Southridge, which dropped to 1-4 in MCC play, got 92 rushing yards from Zayid Al-Ghani.














K — Ronny Loomis 4 run (Emilio Ramos kick)

S — FG 37 Hunter Spiva

K — Isaac Ruiz 8 pass from Dillon Plew (Ramos kick)


RUSHING — K, Ruiz 15-65, Loomis 10-45, Plew 5-19, Ramond Gutierrez 6-16, Blake Loftus 1-5. S, Zayid Al-Ghani 18-92, Derrick Gillespie 6-36, Mason Martin 6-27, Samuel Kori 7-25, Jordan Walter 4-15, Noah Weber 1-7, Gavin Willingham 1-1

PASSING — K, Plew 9-12-0-87. S, Martin 2-11-0-12.

RECEIVING — K, Devyn Edward 2-47, Gutierrez 3-26, Loftus 3-11, Garrett Dixon 1-3. S, Kori 1-8, Gillespie 1-4.

Richland spoils Kennewick homecoming, 35-7

Courtesty Tri City Herald

It didn’t take Richland long to ruin Kennewick’s homecoming.

The Bombers allowed only one first-half first down, led 28-0 at the break and the final score was the only thing left in question.

Richland cruised to a 35-7 Mid-Columbia Conference victory Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

“We wanted to start fast,” Richland coach Mike Neidhold said. “The Richland-Kennewick game can go any way. We wanted to get up quick.”

The Bombers took Neidhold’s words to heart as Lakota Wills rumbled 42 yards on Richland’s third offensive play to give the Bombers a 7-0 lead before the game was 2 minutes old.

On their next offensive possession, the Bombers built the lead to 14-0 when Paxton Stevens hit Alex Chapman for a 39-yard touchdown with 5:17 left in the first quarter.

“We wanted to get after Kennewick,” Wills said. “(Neidhold) asked me what week it was and I said ‘Kennewick week.’ He told me he better not see me wearing any orange all week.”

Wills finished with 89 yards on just eight carries and scored two touchdowns. Wills also blocked a punt that Richland’s Brad Anderson recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. Wills didn’t play a down on either offense or defense in the second half.

“He’s a workhorse,” Neidhold said. “We shut him down at halftime.”

Wills welcomed the rest.

“That last touchdown I got hit in the head and was a little dinged,” Wills said.

Kennewick didn’t record a first down in the game until under a minute to go before halftime and had only 5 yards of total offense in the first half.

Richland’s third scoring drive saw the Bombers convert three times on fourth down, the biggest one coming when punter Ryan Wolski took off around the left end and ran for 22 yards on a fake punt. The final fourth down conversion came when Wills barely got into the end zone on a 1-yard plunge.

Kennewick went three and out before Wills broke free and smothered Lion punter Dillon Plew’s punt and it bounced into the end zone for a score, making it 28-0 with 1:21 before halftime.

Linebackers Wills and Brecken Galliher were instrumental in Richland defensive effort in the first half.

Kennewick’s only touchdown came when Robbie Loomis picked off a Stevens pass that bounced off the chest of the intended receiver, and Loomis grabbed it out of the air and cruised in for a 10-yard touchdown return.

Richland’s final score came when Stevens ran it in from the 6 with 11:20 left in the game.

Richland raised its record to 5-1 overall , 3-0 in MCC play, while Kennewick drops to 2-4, 1-3 in MCC play.

Kamiakin beats Kennewick 27-13 in hard-fought MCC rivalry game

Kennewick defeats Walla Walla 39-36 in MCC opener

Kennewick High School running back Ronnie Loomis (11) pushes past Walla Walla defender Sam Hoe on Thursday night at Lampson Stadium in the Mid-Columbia Conference opener for both teams.

Lions Down Cadets to go 1-1


KENNEWICK 40, EISENHOWER 6: Isaac Ruiz rushed for 115 yards and scored three touchdowns, and Ronnie Loomis added 108 yards rushing and another score, as visiting Kennewick belted Eisenhower in a nonleague game at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima.

Dillon Plew added 116 yards passing with a 46-yard scoring strike to Andrew Townsend for the Lions, who bounced back from a first-week loss to Ellensburg.


Prep football preview: Revamped Lions ready for action

Prep football preview: Revamped Lions ready for action

Posted by Annie Fowler on August 30, 2015

Ground game, defense key for Kennewick

Dillon Plew has never played quarterback, but the Kennewick senior has made it his mission to learn the position to be able to lead the Lions in their team-first approach to the season.

“I’m just jumping in and doing what Temp (coach Bill Templeton) wants me to do,” said the 6-foot-4, 185-pound former wide receiver. “It helps the team, and I’m taking on a leadership role.”

A three-sport athlete, Plew found out after basketball season that the Lions would need him to move under center.

“He told me I was going to play quarterback, and I started learning the plays,” Plew said. “I’m doing the best I can.”

With Matt Driver missing the season with back issues, Templeton knew Plew was his man.

“We are fortunate to have an athlete like Dillon to step in and do the job,” Templeton said. “We are excited about our seniors who have taken big strides athletically and in terms of leadership.”

The Lions finished 4-5 last season and last went to the playoffs in 2012. Templeton said the team has a renewed focus this season, and he believes if they can establish their run game and be a good tackling team that they will have success.

The backfield features Ronny Loomis (jr., 6-2, 185), Raymond Gutierrez (sr., 5-11, 175) and Isaac Ruiz (so., 5-9, 175).

“It’s a three-headed beast,” Templeton said. “If someone shows more initiative, we will go with that.”

Loomis is a three-sport athlete with quite an impressive rèsumè. He competed at the 3A state wrestling tournament in February and ran the 400 meters at the state track meet in May.

No matter if it’s three, two or one, the running backs and Plew have the comfort of a stout offensive line in front of them — led by junior three-year starter Brandon Villasenor (6-1, 306) — to pave the way.

“We have good size on the O-line,” Templeton said. “But they are also good competitors and they work hard.”

Large and in charge

Villasenor anchors the O- and D-lines and will have help along the front lines from seniors DJ Dyer (6-4, 290), Rogelio Guizar (6-2, 230) and junior Dion Kutzke (6-1, 300).

Dyer has drawn interest from several college programs, including Washington, Washington State and Portland State.

“We have a lot of experience, we are big and we are good athletes,” Villasenor said. “We are pretty deep, so for guys like me who play on both sides of the ball, that’s great. I don’t have the best cardio, so when the coaches see I need a break, there is someone to step in. If not, you have to toughen up.”

Experience matters

The Lions have a slew of experience returning. Along with Plew, Villasenor and his linemates, Jared Grey (jr., 5-8, 165) is a returning all-conference defensive back. Garrett Dixon (sr., 6-1, 200) lines up at fullback/linebacker, Devyn Edwards (sr., 6-0, 175) is back at wide receiver and Andrew Townsend (sr., 6-0, 205) has moved from fullback to tight end.

“When you have that experience and they take their roles seriously and do the extra work, that makes a coach more confident going into the season,” Templeton said.

On tap

The Lions open the season at Ellensburg, followed by a game at Eisenhower before hosting Walla Walla on Sept. 17. They play defending 3A Mid-Columbia Conference champion Kamiakin on Sept. 25.

“We have the mentality that we are not overly prepared for one game, but prepared for every game,” Villasenor said. “We all put our clothes on the same way. It’s all who wants it more.”

That includes the teams that struggled last season. Pasco and Hanford have new coaches, and Southridge implemented a new offense.

“You can’t look past anyone,” Plew said. “You never know what a new coach can bring to a team.”

Kennewick Lions Preseason [VIDEO]

Video from Tri-City Herald Article:

Published on Aug 21, 2015

Kennewick High football coach Bill Templeton gives an overview about the 2015 team and the upcoming football season.(Video/Jack Millikin)


IMPORTANT!! - 8/17 Clearance Night

Parents/Players –

Tomorrow (Monday, August 17th) is FALL CLEARANCE NIGHT.  Clearance last from 5-8 PM in the Kennewick High Main Building (you will see everybody.)   There are traditionally long lines so you may want to show up early or wait until 7 PMish to arrive.  Also, to help speed up the process, your son can pick up necessary paperwork in the Activities Office tomorrow after morning workouts (8-9:30 AM)

PLEASE NOTE: 1) The paperwork you filled out in the Spring for Spring Football and Summer Conditioning DOES NOT APPLY to the Fall.

  1.               2) To be eligible to participate in the first game, your son needs a minimum of (12) DAYS of practice.  We have a total of (13) for Freshmen and (14) for Varsity prior to    

     the  1st game - attendance is crucial.

  1.                              3) We will hand out both a Freshmen and a JV/Varsity Pre-season calendar tomorrow night at the Clearance.

Finally, we are excited to get the 2015 Campaign started and are grateful for the opportunity to work with your student athlete.


Coach Templeton

Summer Letter 2015

Lion Nation:

We started our 2015 campaign the Monday after our 2014 season ended last November. We met with each of the Upper Classmen and discussed personal and team goals – in the classroom, the weight room, and on the field. We as coaches have evaluated our program, critiqued our performance, and created a plan to better build a championship program in terms of Character Development, Relationship Building, and Results Achievement. Ultimately, it's our players' attitudes, efforts, and performances that will determine if we achieve our goals in 2015. Players and Parents... we need your buy in.

Players: It's been said that players are made in the off-season (Bigger, Stronger, Faster,) and Teams are made in-season. To be the best team we can be in the fall, you need to develop into the best player you can be over the next two months. We are the sum of our parts... and each part is crucial. Make a commitment to the summer and you are making a commitment to our fall. Show up and work hard.

Parents: Please commit to encouraging your son to attend and engage in the rigor of Spring Football and Summer Strength and Conditioning. Football is not a contact sport – it is a collision sport. Your son's body needs to be ready for the pure physicality of the game. Our summer program will assist in injury prevention and will make your son the most explosive football player he can be. Furthermore, we strongly believe that weight room participation is a crucial element in developing character, relationships, and results. We greatly appreciate your support.

With Great Excitement and Enthusiasm,

Coach Templeton and the entire Lion FB Staff

Information on Camp Week - Please Read 6/9/15

Good Morning Parents and Players –

  1. It was a hot one yesterday – good job fighting through it.  I think we are in for another high temperature practice today.  We will continue to give multiple water breaks, etc. Players – please hydrate during the day.
  2. Players need (7) practices to be eligible to scrimmage next Monday at FB camp (they can still practice with team in the morning.)  If your athlete will not have (7) practices by Saturday (we have practice today and Saturday morning which count toward the 7,) I will be upstairs in the wt. room tomorrow (Wed.) and Thursday from 1:30-3:00 for those who need to make up.  Please wear helmet and shoulder pads.  We will run around and catch some footballs for about 20 minutes.
  3. $5 Physicals: Saturday, June 13 8am-11am Trios 521 N. Young St. Kenn
  4. Spring Fundraiser:  Details in attachment.  Basically, we will be collecting emails and cell #’s and asking those individuals to sponsor our program. We will be running our fundraiser through “Snap Raise.”
  5. FB Camp Itinerary: See attachment, but some highlights:
    1. Starts next Monday (June 15th) – JV/Varsity meet a 9:00 AM  / Frosh Start practice on 6th and Dayton Field at 11:00 AM.
    2. Frosh will stay at KHS through the afternoon and will ride bus out to Hanford HS for Scrimmages. (Players will need ride home from Hanford / Parents encouraged to come watch scrimmages – 6:00-7:30 – they sometimes start a little early so you may want to show up at 5:30.)
    3. JV/Varsity – After you break from KHS at 2:15, you will need to be at HHS by 3:45 – you will be working with college coaches starting at 4:00.
    4. M-W is basically the same each day, however, our entire program will be going to Hermiston Thursday morning and will return around 1:30. Camp will be over for the day at that time.
    5. Camp scrimmages are Friday, Please look at schedule.

Have a great day,

Coach Templeton



pdf2015 Football Camp Itinerary

pdf2015 Spring Football Fundraiser

From Coach T - 6/1/15

Parents / Players –

We start practice today after school.

Incoming 8th Graders – Hustle over from middle school.  Meet at the field on 6th and Dayton. Helmets only.

10th-12th – 3-5 In Lampson. Helmets only.

Clarification on MORNING PRACTICES: We set these up mainly for baseball players who have after school practice conflicts.  There was NO PRACTICE this morning – I apologize to any that may have come this morning.  We have been making announcements at school and tried to relay that info a gear checkout, but I think there were some folks missed. Again, I apologize. 

PHANTOM AA BASEBALL PLAYERS – both Tomorrow (Tues) and Wednesday, we will have Morning Practice in Lampson because you have baseball right after school. You need “X” amount of practice to be able to participate in football camp so we will get those in Tuesday and Wednesday.

Have a great day,

Coach T.

Summer Football Information!

A Couple Things:

1) We are close to starting and we are excited to get to work!
2) If your son has not received his gear –  I will open up the equipment room (by wt. room area) on Sunday 3/31 from 3-4:30 PM. Football packets must be completed before your son receives gear (Packets available at equipment room.)
3) A.M. Practices – Early Morning Practices are only for Phantom AA baseball players. There is NO morning practice this Monday, but there are A.M. Practices on Tuesday/Wednesday. Future A.M. Practices to be announced at later time.
4) Frosh – Practice starts this Monday on the (Frosh Field – 6th & Dayton) from 3-5 PM – we understand coming from the Middle Schools might delay you. Just get here as fast as you can. You will wear shorts, cleats, white practice jersey (probably want a t-shirt underneath, and your helmet.
5) JV/Varsity – Lunch Meeting next Monday and Tuesday.

  • Monday – 10th graders w/ Slagle 11th/12th Graders with Templeton
  • Tuesday – 10th graders w/ Templeton 11th/12th Graders with Slagle

6) JV/Varsity – 1st Practice – Monday 3-5 in Lampson (be there at least 15 minutes early.)

Let's Go!

Coach Templeton


Kellen Moore Camp June 26th/27th


Great opportunity.  Kellen Moore (Former Prosser, Boise St. and Current Detroit Lions QB) is having a two day skill camp.  Go to: . for more information.  This is an opportunity to work with Professional and College Players and Coaches.  This is a great opportunity. More info below:

Date: June 26th and 27th

Location: Richland High School

930 Long Ave Richland, WA 99352

Participants: QB/RB/WR/TE (7th-12th grade)

Cost: $75 Pre-Registered (Limited to 250 participants)

Follow us on Twitter for more updates and information: @KellenMooreQB

“I am excited for the opportunity to provide student-athletes with a fundamental development football camp in Eastern Washington. It is our goal to surround the campers with the best players and coaches from around the northwest.”

— Kellen Moore

What you get:

Each Player will receive a camp gift package including a camp t-shirt, Detroit Lions equipment, a football manual (to be used in the classroom session), and many more things to come!

Camp Giveaways:

  • Signed Kellen Moore Football
  • Signed Matthew Stafford Football
  • Signed Calvin Johnson Football
  • More to come...

What to bring:

This is a non-contact camp so all you need is proper athletic clothes, cleats, and a football if you want as a quarterback! 

Ed Troxel Scholarship Golf Tournament

Parents and Community Members: I’m forwarding an email from Rob Ellsworth regarding the Ed Troxel Scholarship Golf Tournament.  Coach Troxel was our beloved Kennewick High Football Coach during the 1980’s.  His tradition of excellence lives on through his Scholarship program supporting KSD students.  This year’s event is May 2nd. Please consider your involvement.


Bill Templeton, Head Football Coach – Kennewick High School

Dear Kennewick Football Families,

Beginning this year, the Ed Troxel Foundation is not only supporting KSD student scholarships, but also our football programs.  On May 2nd at Canyon Lakes, we will be a key player in the Ed Troxel Golf Tradition.  Our program is guaranteed $3000 from this event, but we need our Lion family to support and participate, so the Troxel Foundation can continue this with us and grow it even further.

Please visit to either register to participate in golfing &/or be a hole sponsor.

Thanks and Go Lions!

Rob Ellsworth | CCIM

Managing Broker

Windermere Real Estate | Tri.Cities

2014 All Conference Selections

2014 Mid Columbia Conference All-League Selections

1st Team4 aroyyo5 kutzke34 vallier

Mike Vallier - 12 - LB

Josh Kutzke - 12 - ST

Anthony Arroyo - 12 - P


2nd Team28 norwood

DJ Dyer - 11 - OL

Dwight Norwood - 12 - RB


Honorable Mention13 sittman5 kutzke61 loomis

Jared Gray - 10 - DB

Alex Loomis - 12 - DL

Josh Kutzke - 12 - TE

Brock Sittman - 12 - WR

Football Banquet on 11/19

Parents and Players:

I wanted to invite all Players 9th -12th to our Football Awards Program next Wednesday evening (November, 19th.)

Starts at 7:15 so basketball players can hurry over when their practice ends at 7:00.


We had a good year and our boys played hard and developed.  We are excited for the future.

We are asking each family to bring a dessert.  The football program will supply plates, forks, and napkins.  We’ll also have water.

Hope to see you Wednesday,

Kennewick clinches MCC 3A No. 2 seed with win

The Kennewick Lions needed a win or a Southridge loss to clinch a spot in the District 5/ 8 regional crossover playoffs and give themselves a chance to reach state for the third time in the last four seasons.

They got both Friday night, stomping Hanford 56-14 in a Mid-Columbia Conference game at Lampson Stadium at the same time Richland was handing the Suns a 14-3 loss.

With the win, the Lions (4-5) earn the right to travel to Spokane to meet Greater Spokane League champion Mt. Spokane (7-2) on Friday.

The Falcons had no answer defensively for Kennewick running back Dwight Norwood, who rushed 21 times for 231 yards and three touchdowns. The Lions ran for six scores on the day, and Josh Kutzke, who took over for injured starter Matt Driver, passed for two more.

Hanford quarterback Desmond Samples found Kendall Watson for a 38-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter to cut Kennewick’s lead to 14-7, but the Lions scored the next 42 points to pull away.

Kennewick beats Southridge 32-9

Special to the Tri-City Herald October 17, 2014

Bill Templeton has done a lot of mish-mashing with his lineups this season. Just when the Kennewick Lions appear to get some traction and put out the lineup Templeton penciled in to start the season, they seem to get bitten by the injury bug.

Case in point: Last week against Richland. The Lions were without their top running back, Dwight Norwood, and one of their best two-way players, Michael Vallier, in a loss to the Bombers.

Those two were back Friday night, and so was Kennewick’s running game.

Norwood rushed for three touchdowns, and Vallier had some key runs as the Lions ran away from Southridge 32-9 on Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

“I thought our offensive line did a nice job tonight,” Templeton said. “We talked all week about what (they) can do as individuals to make us better and make this team better.”

With the win, Kennewick (3-4, 2-3 Mid-Columbia Conference) takes control of the conference’s second playoff spot. The Lions are at Chiawana next Friday night.

“That’s always the goal,” Vallier said. “This is great as a senior to go out with a win over Southridge.”

Norwood, who was injured two weeks ago in a win over Pasco, did not play last week in the Lions’ 44-7 loss to the Bombers. He made his return to the backfield known right away Friday night.

Norwood ran the ball 31 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns. He had four runs of 20 yards or more, including a 52-yard touchdown run that all but put the game away.

Norwood got free, eluding several Suns defenders at the line of scrimmage and breaking loose down the left sideline to give the Lions a 29-0 lead with 5:55 to play in the third quarter.

Southridge (1-6, 1-4) did not go away and put some pressure on the Lions late in the third quarter and into the fourth. After a Kennewick turnover, Andrew Stayrook burst down the sideline to get Southridge on the board with 1:53 remaining in the third quarter to make the score 29-7. It was Southridge’s first offensive touchdown in two games. The Suns’ lone score last week against Walla Walla came on an interception return.

On Kennewick’s next possession, quarterback Matthew Driver fumbled the ball in the end zone for a safety to get the Suns within 29-9, and the Suns suddenly had some life.

But the momentum was short-lived as a fumble ended the Suns’ next drive.

“They play hard, and they didn’t give up,” Templeton said.

The Suns’ offense, which ranks last in the MCC at a little more than 155 yards per game, again struggled. The Suns had just 29 yards of total offense in the first half, and they finished the game with 177.

Most of those yards came off the arm of Jair Ealy-Thomas, who entered late in the second quarter to provide a spark to the Suns. Ealy-Thomas, after a hot start, finished 7-of-22 passing for 104 yards.

“We wanted to stop the run,” Vallier said. “That’s always our main focus.

“We just have to keep getting better.”

Kennewick rumbles past Pasco 48-20

Matthew Driver chuckled when asked about the amount of passes he threw Friday night.

It was exactly two. The Kennewick junior quarterback was 1-for-2 for 9 yards and a touchdown.

The lack of the passing game was just a product of the Lions’ game plan.

“It would have been nice to throw a little more, but we knew our running game was going to have a big night,” he said.

And he was right. The Lions ran up and down the field on Pasco, amassing more than 400 yards on the ground in a 48-20 victory over the Bulldogs at Lampson Stadium.

“We wanted to control the ball tonight,” Lions coach Bill Templeton said. “We knew their offense was explosive, and we did a good job of keeping them off the field.”

Kennewick used a big second quarter to pull away from Pasco for its first Mid-Columbia Conference victory of the season.

Dwight Norwood had three first-half touchdown runs, the final one a 15-yard sprint around the right side to put Kennewick ahead 26-7 with 5:34 to go before halftime.

Norwood, who entered the game third in the conference in rushing yards, carried the ball 14 times for 132 yards and the three scores, all in the first half. He did not play in the second half after suffering an arm injury.

That opened the door for Raymond Gutierrez to lead the running attack. Gutierrez finished the night with 22 carries for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

All totaled, the Lions had 57 carries for 402 yards and six rushing touchdowns.

“We did a good job of blocking on the edge,” Templeton said.

Driver, who spent almost the entire night handing the ball off, did make the most of his only throw in the second half, hitting Michael Vallier for a 9-yard touchdown reception.

“This week was all about executing,” Driver said. “The coaches put us in the right spots, it’s just up to us to execute.”

Kennewick (2-3, 1-2) travels to play Richland (1-4, 1-2) next week.

“I think this win was good for us,” Templeton said. “Richland is a good team, and they will be ready.”

Pasco, which fell behind early, appeared to be one or two big plays away from getting back in the game late in the second quarter and then early in the third.

However, some key dropped passes and a turnover stifled the pass-heavy offense.

Kolby Killoy, the conference’s leading passer, was 19-of-36 passing for 234 yards and a touchdown. However, he was just 3-for-8 in the second half for 28 yards and a touchdown.

“This is a good win for us right now,” Templeton said.

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