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

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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

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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

 

ABSOLUTELY NO LATE ORDERS ACCEPTED

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

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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

CLASS 3A

Player of the year — Harley Kirsch, sr., Eastside Catholic.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

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.

Defense

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.

HONORABLE MENTION

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.

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SCORING PLAYS

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)

STATISTICS

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

 

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SCORING PLAYS

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)

STATISTICS

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.

Chiawana holds off Kennewick in MCC football

Kennewick grinds out 14-3 win over Southridge

Physical Play, Stout Defense Leads Lions to Victory

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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.

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SCORING PLAYS

K — Ronny Loomis 4 run (Emilio Ramos kick)

S — FG 37 Hunter Spiva

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

STATISTICS

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

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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.

Appreciatively,

Coach Templeton

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