Vince Cejka Athletic Award to Caleb Cope

Vince Cejka Athletic Award

This special athletic award was established by the Kennewick High School Athletic Department in 1961 in Honor of Vincent Cejka. Vince collapsed on the baseball practice field. He died in April of that year.

Vince Cejka was an outstanding sophomore athlete at Kennewick High School. He participated in football, basketball, and baseball. This award also recognizes qualities of leadership, personal dedication, school citizenship, and academic achievement, which Vince exemplified as a student athlete.

This award is presented three times per year to an outstanding sophomore athlete participating in football, basketball or baseball.

2013 Football Recipient: Caleb Cope

Lions take on Highlanders in GSL Crossover

Friday, Nov 8th @ 8pm the Kennewick Lions will travel to Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane for a winner to State play-in game.

The Lions defeated Shadle Park last year at home in the same crossover game.  Lets go Lions!

Norwood, Kennewick rout Pasco

Three weeks into the season, making a run to the playoffs was about the last thing on the mind of the Kennewick football players, and it had nothing to do with the postseason being six weeks away.

Outscored 124-17 in a trio of blowout losses, the Lions knew they needed more than just a few patches to shore up their team.

It was right about that time that they started feeding Dwight Norwood a steady diet of carries, and life has been pretty good since.

Norwood went ballistic Thursday night against the Pasco Bulldogs, rushing for 238 yards on a 39-carry night and reaching the end zone four times in the Lions’ 35-6 Mid-Columbia Conference rout.

More than just their second MCC win of the season, the victory puts Kennewick square in the driver’s seat for the playoffs.

“I always kept faith in our team and my teammates along the way,” said senior Jacob Meise, who helps plow the road for Norwood on the offensive line and makes life pretty hairy for opposing quarterbacks at defensive end.

The Lions (3-5, 2-4 MCC) are 3-2 since that rough start, including an MCC win over Hanford last week that has them in command of the 3A division’s third and final berth into the crossover games with the Greater Spokane League.

A loss by Hanford either today against Richland or next week against Southridge, or a win by Kennewick next week against Kamiakin will sew up a playoff berth and likely matchup with Shadle Park and star quarterback Brett Rypien on Nov. 8.

Norwood’s eye-popping numbers all were career highs for the junior running back, who had just 63 yards on 22 carries before going on a 649-yard tear these last five games.

“I give it up to the line,” said Norwood, who continuously carved into the secondary Thursday through a string of sealed gaps.

The game got off to a scary start as Pasco linebacker Kynen Tate was injured on a running play and remained imobilized on his stomach for more than 10 minutes. He was taken to a hospital, and Pasco’s coaches said he checked out fine after suffering what they feared at first to be a broken leg.

Neither team could get much going on offense until Pasco’s T.J. Faamauili broke off a 53-yard touchdown run with 2:53 left in the first quarter. The extra point was blocked, but the 6-0 lead looked like a sign of good things to come.

Instead, what came was heavy Kennewick pressure, a flood of black-and-orange following Faamauili all over the field and giving chase to quarterback Kolby Killoy, who completed just 1 of 12 throws in the first half.

“We just tried to stop them on the run, make sure our front seven beat their o-line,” said Meise, who lived up to his “Spidermonkey” nickname by batting down a couple passes.

As Kennewick’s defense took charge, so did its offensive line, which shares a few players with the other side of the ball.

Norwood zipped through lanes for 22 and 14 yards on a pair of toss sweeps, powering an 80-yard, 13-play drive that ended with his 10-yard TD run early in the second quarter. The drive was sustained by a fourth-down conversion from QB Matt Driver to receiver and brother Mark Driver.

Kennewick converted a mid-field start into a 2-yard score for Norwood on its next drive for a 14-6 lead. Pasco, which suffered its 18th straight loss, failed to take advantage of a series of Kennewick errors late in the half — a fumble that put the Bulldogs on the Kennewick 9, a muffed punt and a botched blocked field goal a la Leon Lett that gave Pasco another crack.

The Bulldogs came away with nothing, and got a steady diet of Norwood in the second half, who scored on runs of 3 and 24 yards in the third quarter.

“He came out of nowhere,” Meise said. “Dwight, that kid’s a beast.”

Matt Driver finished 11-for-13 for 121 yards and a TD for Kennewick. Faamausili finished with 75 yards on 11 carries for Pasco (0-6, 0-8). But the Bulldogs mustered just 155 yards of offense.

Pasco 6 0 0 0 — 6

Kennewick 0 14 14 7 — 35


P—T.J. Faamausili 53 run (kick blocked)

K—Dwight Norwood 10 run (Alvaro Licea kick)

K—Norwood 2 run (Licea kick)

K—Norwood 3 run (Licea kick)

K—Norwood 24 run (Licea kick)

K—Mark Driver 4 pass from Matt Driver (Licea kick)


RUSHING—P, Faamausili 11-75, Kaleb Ash 3-14, Kynen Tate 2-7, Kolby Killoy 5-(minus 19), Brady Ritala 2-6, Cole Kelley 4-5, Jeff Peteson 1-4. K, Norwood 39-238, Eric Moore 6-13, Matt Driver 5-(minus 33).

PASSING—P, Killoy 7-23-0—63. K, Matt Driver 11-13-0—121.

RECEIVING—P, Kendall Lee 2-8, Miguel Chavez 2-14, Ritala 1-24, Kelley 1-8, Faamausili 1-9. K, Tylan Tennancour 4-44, Cody Albertin 2-26, Mark Driver 2-20, Alex Ruby 1-20, Norwood 2-(minus 1).

Kennewick football runs pass Hanford

There was a lot of pregame talk in the Kennewick locker room about being a good teammate and stepping up and making plays.

Dwight Norwood was the first in a long line of Lions to heed the wishes of the coaches. Then it was Matthew Driver, followed by Dylan Tennancour. Then it was Alex Ruby. The list goes up and down the entire Kennewick roster.

A week after getting beat up by Richland, Kennewick took it shots at the other Richland school Friday night, in a surprisingly dominant 31-14 win over the Hanford Falcons at Fran Rish Stadium.

“I am proud of our guys,” said Lions coach Bill Templeton. “We came out and made plays tonight.”

The records for both teams indicated this should have been a close game.

Kennewick, coming off a 56-14 loss to Richland, was 0-4 in the Mid-Columbia Conference and its lone win of the season came against Sunnyside. Hanford, on the other hand, was 2-4 on the season with wins over Sunnyside and Pasco.

And when the final stats were totaled both teams were pretty equal. With the exception of one category: turnovers.

Hanford turned the ball over six times, including three costly ones in the first half as the Lions built a 31-0 lead less than five minutes into the second quarter.

“We knew we needed to get this game,” Norwood said. “We came out pretty hyped up; we knew we had to have this game.”

Norwood, as he has been all season, was a workhorse for Kennewick. The junior running back, who was slowed by a shin injury last week, used his hard-nosed, bruising style of running to get the Lions on the scoreboard early.

On the Lions first drive, he was the only Kennewick player to touch the ball aside from quarterback Driver. He accounted for all 59 yards on the drive that was capped by a one-handed, 8-yard touchdown catch.

Norwood finished the night with 28 carries for 129 yards.

Driver had a big first half as well. He completed six passes, three of them went for touchdowns. On the Lions second drive, he connected with Mark Driver for a 4-yard touchdown play as Kennewick led 14-0 with 1:28 left in the first quarter.

Then the Kennewick defense started to take over. Tennancour intercepted Aaron Enderlin, which set up a 28-yard field goal by Alvaro Licea. It was the first of three Tennancour interceptions in the game.

Two plays later, Cody Alberlin stripped quarterback Tucker Anderson, in the backfield and recovered the ball. Less than a minute later Matthew Driver hit a wide open Ruby for a 14-yard score. The barrage continued when Martin Allahir intercepted Anderson and returned it 40 yards for the score with 7:41 left in the first half a minute later.

“We made some plays early and that got our confidence going,” Templeton said.

It its six previous games this season Kennewick managed to score just 76 points. In less than 18 minutes it had scored 31, which was more than enough for its defense.

“We came out with more energy tonight and I think it showed,” Norwood said.

Kennewick rolls over Sunnyside 45-21

Dylan Tennancour-to-Brock Sittman proved a good combination for the Kennewick Lions on Thursday night as the duo hooked up for four touchdowns in a 45-21 nonleague win over the Sunnyside Grizzlies at Lampson Stadium.

Tennancour opened the night with a 51-yard scoring throw to Josh Albertin, then found Sittman for 13, 14, 10 and 28 yards.

The Lions led 31-0 as the first half was ending before Jesus Magallan returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to get Sunnyside on the board.

Magallan also scored on a 27-yard run to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Tennancour came into the game with just one TDpass in the Lions’ first three games, all losses.

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Chiawana Preview

Chiawana Riverhawks at Kennewick Lions

7 p.m. today, Lampson Stadium

Records: Chiawana 1-0, 1-0; Kennewick 0-1, 0-0

Last week: Chiawana 43, Hanford 7; Lake City, Idaho, 42, Kennewick 10

Players to watch: RB Clifton Lozano, sr. (15-145 rushing, 2 TD); QB Joey Zamora, sr. (14-30-0—236 and 2 TDs). RB Cody Albertin, sr. (12-49 rushing); DB Dylan Tennancour, sr. (2 interceptions).

Radio: KONA 610 AM

Notes: The Riverhawks opened the season with a dominating victory against the Falcons last week, holding Hanford to just nine rushing yards. ... Chiawana, which struggled at times last season, appears to be primed to have its best team since the school opened. ... On paper, the Riverhawks should cruise tonight, though Kennewick’s physical defensive line will be offer a good matchup. ... The Lions struggled mightily to move the ball in their season opener, finishing with just 93 yards of offense. Despite that they led 10-6 at halftime. ... A major question for Kennewick will be depth this season, as many of its best players start both ways. Last week saw QB Tennancour and OL/DL Jacob Meise going down with leg cramps throughout the second half. They need both players healthy to be successful.

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Kennewick loses football opener to Lake City

The 2013 campaign got off to a rough start for the Kennewick football team, as they fell 42-10 to Lake City, Idaho, on Friday at Lampson Stadium.

The Lions turned the ball over four times, were outscored 36-0 in the second half and lost quarterback Dylan Tennancour to injury.

Tennancour, who also starts at defensive back, struggled with cramping in his legs all night, as did two-way starter Jacob Meise.

The Lions (0-1) took a 10-6 lead at halftime, thanks to a 34-yard field goal by Alvaro Licea and a 2-yard run by Tennancour.

Kennewick forced four Lake City turnovers in the first half, but only converted them into the 10 points.

Tennancour intercepted two passes on defense. His first he returned 33 yards to the 7 for a first-and-goal situation.

But on the Lions’ first play, Tennancour was picked off by Lake City’s Cory Cook, who made a diving grab out of bounds at the 1.

Lake City’s Gavan Rosteck then fumbled and Kennewick recovered for a touchdown, but it was called back because of a face mask.

In the second half, it was all Timberwolves (1-1). Jerry Louie-McGee returned a punt 57 yards, setting up a 2-yard run by his brother Tucker Louie-McGee for a 13-10 lead.

On its ensuing possession, Kennewick had a bad snap on a punt attempt, which was recovered by Lake City at the 5. Hunter Damschen quickly punched it in for a 19-10 lead.

On the next Kennewick play, Dwight Norwood fumbled and Lake City again recovered. Tucker Louie-McGee then connected with Chris Baker for a 29-yard gain. Louie-McGee scored on the next play for a 26-10 lead.

Lake City continued to pour it on, as Harris Wester then sacked Tennancour in the end zone for a safety and a 28-10 lead.

It was a nightmare 3 minutes for Kennewick, which fumbled twice and gave up the safety, watching a 10-6 lead evaporate.

Tennancour finished 6-for-14 for 20 yards, while rushing seven times for 13 yards with the score. Cody Albertin rushed 12 times for 40 yards. Kennewick finished with just 78 yards of offense on the game and 10 first downs — four of which came by penalty.

Tucker Louie-McGee rushed 14 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns, while Damschen carried 14 times for 54 yards and a score.

Lake City, Idaho 6 0 22 14 — 42

Kennewick 3 7 0 0 — 10

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Varsity/Freshman Kick off Tonight, JV Tomorrow

The Lions kick off the 2013 campaign tonight starting with the Freshman game vs. Lake City (ID) at 3:30pm followed by the varsity at 7:00pm

The JV will travel to Couer D'alene Saturday the 7th for a 12 noon kickoff.

Head on out and support your Lions!


Calvert pulls his share of the load for Kennewick

When Robby Calvert isn’t playing football in the fall or wrestling in the winter, one of his favorite pasttimes is hunting with his grandfather, Bob.

They’re both good hunters — patient and aware of their surroundings.

One thing they aren’t is small. With Robby at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, and his grandpa at 5-11, 280, that’s over 500 pounds of twig-breaking potential.

“We are pretty big. We will go to one spot, scope it out a lot and stalk it,” said Robby, who bagged a three-point buck last year and a cow elk four years ago. “It’s a little hard getting up at 4 a.m. after games to go, but it’s something I like to do with my grandpa.”

Calvert has also found his niche on Kennewick’s offensive line, which was one of the biggest reasons the Lions captured the Mid-Columbia Conference championship last season. He expects another strong year with he and Jacob Meise anchoring the trenches.

“We should be able to get a good push inside,” Calvert said.

But the second-year starter has had to overcome quite a bit to get back to full health. His junior year was interrupted by two injuries that sidetracked his football and wrestling season.

Calvert, a guard, broke a bone in his ankle on Labor Day last season and missed three weeks. He tried to play through the pain, but eventually he decided it would be best to give it the rest it needed to come back.

“He broke that bone and still practiced the next day. We didn’t know it was broken until two days later,” said Andy Prein, Kennewick’s offensive line coach. “That really showed us how physical and mentally tough the kid is.”

He came back in time to face Walla Walla, and Calvert sure made a difference. Devven Ramos, the Lions running back, rushed for a career high 303 yards in a 40-28 Week 5 win over the Blue Devils.

Ramos went on to earn MCC Most Valuable Player, but he never forgot who got him there. Calvert enjoyed being the one who helped him.

“Just knowing you made the block that springs a guy for a touchdown is pretty cool,” Calvert said. “You put a guy on the ground and watch (the running back) go right by you as the crowd goes crazy.”

Calvert didn’t stop there. He and his five linemates helped the Lions rush for nearly 200 yards a game last season, good for third in the MCC.

“He battled injuries, but we plugged him in more and more, and he had a fine junior campaign,” Kennewick head coach Bill Templeton said. “He had a very good spring, so we’re excited to see how the next few months go. “He’s really become the player we were hoping he would.”

His teammates have noticed how much he’s grown into a leadership role since joining the Lions’ program.

“He’s grown a lot since his freshman year. He was bigger and slower back then, but now he’s more agile and a lot stronger than he was,” said center Jacob Meise, who has been Calvert’s teammate since seventh grade. “We’ve known each other a long time, so we know when to make audibles. If we see a stunt coming up, we can change the blocking scheme.”

While he isn’t known for monster bench-presses, Templeton has always been impressed by his natural strength. “He’s one of those farm boys, throwing hay bales across the field,” Templeton said. “He will just grab you and not let go.”

Calvert credits his father, Bob — a former lineman who coached him in youth football — for helping develop a healthy love of football, as well as some key fundamentals.

“We just did little drills and worked on my stance. He taught me how to long snap,” Calvert said. “He also taught me to never give up and pushed me to keep going.”

Calvert, who also throws the shot put and discus in the spring, hasn’t locked in on where he might play at the next level. He’s sent out some recruiting tapes to Eastern Oregon and Washington State, who both showed some interest.

If he does play in college, he’d like to get up to 280 but he knows that will take a lot more work. For now, he’s content with helping Kennewick win another league title.

“He’s definitely got the frame to work with,” Prein said. “He gets off the ball quickly, he pulls well and is very technically sound.”

He’s not sure when his next hunting trip with grandpa will be, but his next target will be right across from him when Kennewick takes on Lake City at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

2013 Summer Camp Registration

Summer Camp Registration LIVE!

Registration is now available for all Kennewick Summer Athletic Camps.  To see the current calendar and register for your camp click here


Ramos AP 2nd Team

Associated Press 3A all-state football team

Senior Running Back Devven Ramos was named to the 3A 2012 AP 2nd Team All-State Football team.  The unit is selected by sportswriters from around the state.  To see below for the full list:

The 2012 Associated Press Class 3A all-state football team.Voting was organized by the Yakima Herald-Republic and done by sports writers around the state.

Player of Year — Myles Jack, Bellevue


QB Brett Rypien, so., Shadle Park; RB Ralph Kinne, sr., Shelton; RB Austin Joyner, so., Marysville-Pilchuck; RB John Nguyen, sr., Bellevue; WR Trent Riley, sr., Mount Si; WR Tanner Pauly, jr., Shadle Park; TE David Ajamu, sr., Shelton; OL Alex Emanuels, sr., Mercer Island; OL Kameron McKay, sr., Ferndale; OL Cody Moorhead, sr., Hazen; OL David Buchanan, O'Dea; OL Robert Gallucci, sr., Peninsula.


DL Darien Freeman, sr., Bellevue; DL Deion Fetui, so., Eastside Catholic; DL Griffin McLain, sr., Mount Si; DL Cole Madison, sr., Kennedy Catholic; LB Myles Jack, sr., Bellevue; LB Sean Constantine, sr., Bellevue; LB Cole Henderson, sr., Southridge; LB Kellen Matsuno, sr., Eastside Catholic; DB Budda Baker, jr., Bellevue; DB Tatum Taylor, sr., O'Dea; DB Sean Elledge, sr., Glacier Peak; DB Tru Hicks, sr., North Thurston.


K Cameron Van Winkle, sr., Mount Si; P Brett Woods, sr., Timberline; all-purpose Jake Hoffman, sr., North Central.


QB Trey Reynolds, sr., Eastside Catholic; RB Devven Ramos, sr., Kennewick; RB Myles Jack, sr., Bellevue; RB Alex Conley, sr., Ferndale; WR Joshua Eckwood, sr., Lincoln; WR Javan Williams, sr., Kamiakin; TE Nathan Hundeby, sr., University; OL Austin Carman, jr., Sunnyside; OL Leo Keilani, sr., Rainier Beach; OL Nick Hensley, jr., Glacier Peak; OL Levi Anderson, sr., University; OL Zack Nobmann, sr., Kennedy Catholic.


DL Zach Blazevich, sr., Mount Si; DL Desmoun Thompson, sr., DL Kennedy Catholic; DL Jarius McDade, jr., O'Dea; DL Daniel Portillo, sr., Peninsula; LB Brandon Wetzel, sr., Timberline; LB Michael Cummings, sr., Meadowdale; LB Jordan Hoorn, sr., Marysville-Pilchuck; LB Austin Wheat, sr., Peninsula; DB Teré Calloway, sr., Seattle Prep; DB Blake Dukowitz, sr., Peninsula; DB Austin Flynn, sr., University; DB Clark Bryant, sr., Columbia River.


K Sam Shea, sr., Peninsula; P Sam Shea, sr., Peninsula; all-purpose Budda Baker, jr., Bellevue.


RB Devante Downs, Mountlake Terrace; DL Cody Moorhead, Hazen; DB Austin Joyner, Marysville-Pilchuck.



Kennewick's Ramos is All-Area football player of the year

Kennewick's Ramos is All-Area football player of the year

Big plays, big moments, big-time performances.

If there is a word that best describes Devven Ramos’ senior football season at Kennewick, it is “big.”

Big performances? How about 303 yards and three touchdowns against Walla Walla, or 264 and four against Pasco?

Here’s perhaps the biggest: 208 yards and three TDs in a win over Shadle Park that opened the door to the Lions’ second consecutive state playoff berth. Ramos’ performance that night also included a halfback pass for a score and three two-point conversions. At linebacker, he recorded a sack that led to a swarm of defensive pressure on SP star quarterback Brett Rypien.

“That play in particular sticks out to me because it was the first time we got to (Rypien),” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “That changed the momentum a little bit.”

Big rewards? How about being named the first MVP of the new Mid-Columbia Conference, combining all seven Tri-City 3A and 4A schools plus Walla Walla?

And now, he’s MVP of the Tri-City Herald’s all-area team.

“It feels real good to get recognized, with all the hard work you put in,” Ramos said. “I’ve waited all four years in high school to get to play under the lights, in front of my family.”

Ramos is a big, physical runner, taking full advantage of his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame to run over tacklers — that is, when he is not just shucking them to the turf a la Marshawn Lynch, or using his speed to get the corner and take off down the sideline.

That combination of attributes — plus a pretty stiff offensive line — led to 1,780 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, 18 touchdowns all told and almost 2,300 all-purpose yards.

And there was that knack for long TD runs.

“When you have a kid like him who can break runs for 50, 60, 70 yards, that’s 50, 60, 70 yards you don’t have to run 10 more plays to get,” Templeton said. “That’s a lot more wiggle room not to make mistakes.

“When you have a kid like him, it just kind of raises the water level of everybody else on the team.”

Of course, Ramos had plenty of help from his teammates, and two of them were selected to the all-area first team: center Clayten Ayres and defensive end Jacob Meise. Ramos also was named first-team kick returner.

The toughest part of choosing the team was figuring out the running backs. There were enough deserving runners to run a full-house backfield with substitutions to spare.

Joining Ramos are Jonah Hoe of Walla Walla and Jalen DeVine of Hanford, with a nod going to second-teamer Kaden Diaz of Southridge.

Hoe finished the regular season as the MCC rushing leader with 1,828 yards and 17 touchdowns, ahead of Ramos’ 10-week numbers (an additional state playoff game was added to Ramos’ final total).

Ramos said there definitely was a competition among the league’s top runners, something he felt acutely when his offensive line checked the leaders each Monday.

“You always have that in the back of your mind,” he said. “You try not to be too focused on statistics, but you get into that race to see who is going to set the higher number.”

Othello’s David Garza was the choice at quarterback, one of four first-team selections from the Class 2A Huskies along with Derek Valdez at offensive line, Eric Garza at linebacker and Juston Lind at defensive back.

Kamiakin’s Javan Williams and Prosser’s Danny Raap were the choices at receiver, while the tight end was sacrificed for the extra running back.

Ayres and Valdez are joined on the offensive line by Chiawana’s Chandler Newell, Hanford’s Cody Kowalski and Pasco’s Zach Kreider. Royal dual-threat quarterback Alex Myrick is the all-purpose player and Walla Walla’s Dean Atkinson the kicker.

On defense, Meise is joined on the front line by Hanford’s Joe Douglas, Hermiston’s David Barnett and Richland’s Matt Chalmers. The linebackers are Garza, Cole Henderson of Southridge, Johnny Jansen of Kamiakin and Brady Dixon of Royal.

Williams also was selected at defensive back — the only player on first-team offense and defense — along with Lind, Jake Oram of Hanford and Tyler Morris of Liberty Christian. The punter is Zach Whitby of Richland.

Morris stands apart from the rest of the first team in two respects: He is the only Class 2B or 1B player on the squad, and he is the only one who finished the season hefting a state championship trophy.

His coach, Mike Olson, is the Herald’s coach of the year.

“It was really exciting,” Olson said of winning Liberty Christian’s first championship and accomplishing the feat with his son, Mike, playing quarterback and all his friends who grew up running around their future coach’s house. “It was all new to us. We hadn’t been to the playoffs before. Everything that we did was just really exciting. It wasn’t anything we had to worry about taking for granted.

“It just made it more special than it already was.”


MVP — Devven Ramos, sr., Kennewick
Coach of the year — Mike Olson, Liberty Christian
First team

QB — David Garza, sr., Othello
RB — Jonah Hoe, sr., Walla Walla
RB — Jalen DeVine, sr., Hanford
RB — Devven Ramos, sr., Kennewick
OL — Clayten Ayres, sr., Kennewick
OL — Cody Kowalski, sr., Hanford
OL — Zach Kreider, sr., Pasco
OL — Chandler Newell, sr., Chiawana
OL — Derek Valdez, sr., Othello
WR — Danny Raap, sr., Prosser
WR — Javan Williams, sr., Kamiakin
All-purpose — Alex Myrick, sr., Royal
Kick returner — Devven Ramos, sr., Kennewick
Placekicker — Dean Atkinson, sr., Walla Walla
DL — David Bennett, sr., Hermiston
DL — Matt Chalmers, sr., Richland
DL — Joe Douglas, sr., Hanford
DL — Jacob Meise, jr., Kennewick
LB — Brady Dixon, sr., Royal
LB — Cole Henderson, sr., Southridge
LB — Johnny Jansen, sr., Kamiakin
LB — Eric Garza, sr., Othello
DB — Juston Lind, sr., Othello
DB — Tyler Morris, sr., Liberty Christian
DB — Jake Oram, sr., Hanford
DB — Javan Williams, sr., Kamiakin
Punter — Zack Whitby, jr., Richland

Second team

QB — Ryan Fassler, sr., Prosser
RB — Kaden Diaz, sr., Southridge
RB — Bubba Frank, sr., Prosser
RB — Kody Bartlett, sr., River View
OL — Spencer Combs, sr., River View
OL — Reed Leffler, sr., Royal
OL — Kayden Maughn, jr., Chiawana
OL — Will Ramos, sr., Hanford
OL — Bubba Ruiz, jr., Othello
WR — Kaden Julian, sr., Kennewick
WR — Brenden Kelly, jr., Southridge
All-purpose — Bodie Simpson, sr., Kennewick
Kick returner — Brandon Larson, jr., Kamiakin
Placekicker — Conner Mertens, sr., Southridge
DL — Jake Batease, sr., Hermiston
DL — Kyle Hall, sr., River View
DL — Zach Kreider, sr., Pasco
DL — Derek Valdez, sr., Othello
LB — Trenten Anteau, sr., Hermiston
LB — Will Bishop, jr., Hanford
LB — Alex Weber, jr., Chiawana
LB — Briar Westerfield, sr., Tri-Cities Prep
DB — Martin Althair, jr., Kennewick
DB — Dalton Estes, sr., Waitsburg-Prescott
DB — Alex Myrick, sr., Royal
DB — Addison Spivey, sr., Southridge
Punter — T.J. Avery, sr., Chiawana

Third team

QB — Kylle Robertson, jr., Kamiakin
RB — Clifton Lozano, jr., Chiawana
RB — Luis Murillo, sr., Pasco
TE — Cody O’Toole, sr., Richland
OL — Urial Carmona, sr., Royal
OL — Stefan Davidson, sr., Connell
OL — Joe Douglas, sr., Hanford
OL — Kyle Hall, sr., River View
OL — Tim Koglin, sr., Liberty Christian
WR — Sterling Clark, sr., Prosser
WR — Josh Marshall, sr., River View
All-purpose — Luke Fazzari, sr., DeSales
Kick returner — Juston Lind, sr., Othello
Placekicker — Trino Flores, jr., Prosser
DL — Kent Christensen, sr., Royal
DL — Derek Gilbert, sr., Othello
DL — Logan Reardon, sr., Walla Walla
DL — Tyler Renollet, sr., Prosser
LB — Elijah Hoefer, jr., Prosser
LB — Brandon Peterson, sr., Liberty Christian
LB — Octavio Preciado, sr., Touchet
LB — Richie Valdez, sr., Othello
DB — Ryan Baumgart, sr., DeSales
DB — Alex Campbell, sr., Hermiston
DB — Hunter Chambers, jr., Richland
DB — Aaron Eggart, sr., Walla Walla
Punter — Braiden Whitby, soph., Connell

Big start can't carry Kennewick to playoff win

Big start can't carry Kennewick to playoff win

With their first three snaps Friday evening, the Kennewick Lions scored two touchdowns.

Their next three failed to net a first down, and that drop off turned into a free fall amid a 35-23 first-round state playoff loss to North Thurston.

Devven Ramos scored on a 68-yard run on the game’s first offensive play and Dylan Tennancour found Kaden Julian for a 3-yard score to spark the Lions (7-3-1) to a 16-0 lead and put a thrill in the Lampson Stadium faithful less than three minutes from the opening kickoff.

But the visiting Rams (9-2) from Lacey fought back in methodical, meticulous fashion with four scores of their own before the half to steal all the momentum. And instead they will be making the trip to Spokane next weekend for a quarterfinal matchup with University.

“That’s what happens when you fall asleep,” said Julian, adding that his team got a little too comfortable after the quick start. “Tough night.”

And a tough finish for a Kennewick team trying to reach the state quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. Instead, it ended in a Lampson locker room full of hugs and tears.

“You earn the right to cry,” said Lions coach Bill Templeton. “I can’t tell you how much I respect what they do. It’s a year-long commitment.”

One that looked to be extended another week after that quick-strike start.

Ramos was at his big-play best right from the start when he took his first handoff, swept left and ran through one arm tackle. The entire North Thurston defense was in pursuit, stringing the play out to the sideline. But the Rams reacted too much, and one little cut back into the defense and Ramos was on his way to his 18th touchdown of the season.

By contrast, North Thurston’s first offensive series was a muddled mess, with back-to-back motion penalties leading to a punt from the 32.

The snap sailed over the head of the punter, however, and Dashawn Johnson fell on it at the 4, a 28-yard loss for the Rams.

Two plays later, Julian beat the defensive back on a comeback to the pylon, and it looked like the Lions would roll.

“Incredible,” North Thurston coach Rocky Patchin said. “I told ’em after the game, I’ve never coached a team that was down that big, that quick, that came back and dominated.”

Dominate is exactly right.

The Rams countered with an 11-play, 60-yard drive, all of it on the ground and most of it by slashing runner Mo Manning running behind the guard-tackle tandem of Grant Williams (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) and Alex Rice (6-6, 317).

Manning capped the drive with a 5-yard TD, and a movement penalty on third-and-2 helped force Kennewick to punt after its next possession. That led to Brandon Belisario, a fire-plug of a back, breaking off a 47-yard score that pulled North Thurston within 16-14 with a minute left in the first half.

“We got out-physicalled, to (North Thurston’s) credit,” Templeton said. “Then we just made some uncharacteristic (mistakes).”

One of those mistakes — an errant toss on second-and-1 — created a turnover that turned into Manning’s second TD, a 15-yard run with two gorgeous cuts through the middle of the defense.

Another three-and-out for Kennewick, another short field for North Thurston, and Ryan Mets’ 23-yard TD toss to a wide open Josh Cahill had the visitors up 28-16, and there was still half the second quarter to play.

It was a stunning comeback.

“They did what they did well,” Julian said.

The Lions bounced back in the second half, first getting a stop after the Rams got the opening kickoff, then getting another big play as Tennancour hit Julian for a 55-yard TD strike to pull within 28-23.

But the Rams answered with one more scoring drive and then thwarted the Lions’ comeback attempts the rest of the way.

“That stop was big for us in the second half,” Julian said. “Then we hit that big play, but after that nothing seemed to work.”

The running game was bogged down, in particular by North Thurston tackle Jake Grantham chasing down plays. After Ramos’ first big run, the Lions gained just 83 yards on the ground the rest of the night not counting the 27 yards lost on five sacks of Tennancour.

Ramos finished with 132 on 14 carries plus 39 yards on four catches. Julian had 97 yards on five catches.

“These guys were very good leaders and obviously good athletes,” Templeton said of his departing seniors. “It’s a nice legacy for them.”

Ramos A Senior Leader For Kennewick With Purpose

Devven Ramos A Senior Leader For Kennewick With Purpose

by Jerry Mercado

The Kennewick Lions Senior running back / line backer Devven Ramos (6'0"-205 ) was named the Mid Columbia Conference's first ever Most Valuable Player. This time last year Grant Woods was Kennewick's star running back and Ramos was still nursing a healing collar bone.

Before he had broken his collarbone, early in the 2011 season, he was Kennewick's starting running back. He wouldn't't be the same that year and there would be whispers of whether or not he could even stay healthy.

Coming into this year Ramos carried a lot of expectations individually. As a team I had them ranked in the top 10 in the State as well as one of the top 3 teams in the MCC.

After a slow start I would be scolded for my predictions that the Lions would finish towards the Top of the League. I was called biased, told I didn't know what I was talking about, and laughed at for doing so.

The Lions would stay in the hunt for the division crown and would need a win at the end of the regular season against cross town rival Kamiakin in order to do so.

That Friday night Devven Ramos and his Kennewick teammates would make history. It was the first time the Lions would beat Kamiakin since 2005. This was the first Kennewick team to win a division crown since 1991 and this was the first ever Mid Columbia Conference championship.

Last week Kennewick hosted GSL opponent Shadle Park and their high powered passing attack that features maybe the State's brightest young Sophomore star; QB Brett Rypien.

Ramos would shine on both sides of the ball. He would consistently pressure Rypien from his outside linebacker position in Kennewick's 3-4 defense and he would run for 208 yards and 3TDs. He would be shelved early in the 4th quarter and Kennewick would cruise to a victory over Shadle Park 38-20.

This last Thursday Devven Ramos was named the Mid Columbia Conference's 1st ever Most Valuable Player. He finished the season with 1,648 yards and 15 TDs. He also led the league in yards per carry with a 6.8 average.

Here is the interview and Q and A with Devven Ramos.

Me: "You were just named the MCC MVP. You are the very first in Mid Columbia Conference history. What is your reaction to this honor?"

Devven Ramos: "It is truly is an honor to to have received the MVP award. I know it wouldn't have been possible without all the heart that my team played with this year. It is a great feeling to be rewarded for all the hard work put in."

Me: "Injuries have been an issue in the past. Everyone always said Devven is going to be great if....Describe your mind set this year as opposed to last year when you had suffered injuries?"

Devven Ramos: "My mind set hasn't really changed too much. I've always been driven to win and do anything it takes to do so. It was unfortunate to have gone done last year to injuries but I have managed to heal and stay healthy enough to accomplish what I have this year."

Me: "What specifically did you work on this year in the offseason. Cause first thing I noticed in your practice before season started was the size of your neck. Nobody gets a neck like that unless they are putting up a lot of iron."

Devven Ramos: "Just a lot of presses and shrugs. It started from rehabbing my collarbone. It really helped improve the strength in my shoulders and neck."

Me: "Coming into this year the MCC was considered tough. You were going to earn your way to the conference crown. I had you guys towards the top of my rankings but in the early season it seemed like you guys were middle of the road. When do you feel like you hit your stride and when did you know you were the team to beat?"

Devven Ramos: "I feel like our loss to Richland help us make the proper adjustments and after that we really got our rhythm."

Me: "Throughout your career you have experienced some ups and downs, what has coach Bill Templeton meant to you and what has he said to make a difference in your high school career?"

Devven Ramos: "Having played for coach Templeton for 4 years really gave me an opportunity to learn a lot from him. He has a way of keeping the morale if us players up to give us the confidence to go out and play the way we do. I am thankful to have gotten all that I have in these past 4 years playing for him."

Me: "I am very active in the youth sports community and all I can hear players and parents talk about is the excitement of watching Devven Ramos. What message would you send to your young fans and any young players aspiring to follow in your footsteps?"

Devven Ramos: "Just to always try your hardest in anything you do. It may sound cliche but it really is true. If you are willing to sacrifice your time and put forth all your effort you will be rewarded for it."

Me: What was it like to come out with the victory versus not only rival Kamiakin, but also Shadle park?

Devven Ramos: "The two wins over Kamiakin and Shadle were ones hard earned. I can't be satisfied with those wins though. I have to always be focused and looking towards beating the next opponent"

Me: "You guys have won your first conference crown since 1991 and a lot of alum are very excited. What's it like to excite your fan base the way you have?"

Devven Ramos: "It is awesome to give all the Kennewick alum something to be proud of. Our team is continuing to work hard to keep all the positive momentum flowing."

Me: "What kind of interest are you receiving?"

Devven Ramos: "I am not currently being offered anything but I'm looking forward to getting my name out there and seeing how things turn out."

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Spider Monkey: Meise key player for Lions

Jacob Meise doesn’t mind giving it up for the Kennewick football team, whatever “it” is.

Might be his hair — which was shoulder length to start the season after nine months of growing, then buzzed up after his helmet kept popping off.

Might be his head — when his helmet did pop off last week against Shadle Park, that was Meise diving into the pile, shorn locks visible to the world.

Might be his hand — which he didn’t hesitate to put back in the thick of battle when it got smashed up during a scrimmage before his freshman year.Jacob Meise Feature

It certainly will be effort, which the guy they call “Spider Monkey” gives all of, all the time as a starter at left offensive tackle, defensive end and all of the kick and punt teams.

“He’s a little bit crazy,” said Kennewick head coach Bill Templeton said of his standout junior. “He’s a funny kid, respectful, but a little bit crazy.”

“Oh yeah, that’s very accurate,” Meise (MY-zee) said after practice this week in preparation for today’s 4 p.m. first-round 3A state playoff game against North Thurston at Lampson Stadium.

“That’s how I like to play. I’m pretty aggressive in everything that I do.”

The name “Spider Monkey” came from his lanky build — 6-foot-3, 185 pounds — and his freakish athletic versatility. Meise can dunk a basketball, and he is a thrower and jumper on the track team.

He’s known for chasing down ball carriers sideline to sideline, end zone to end zone, and in the process has put up some big-time defensive stats this season: 79 tackles, 18 for loss including 11 sacks, two forced fumbles, one recovery and three batted-down passes. Those numbers were good enough to earn first-team all-league when the Mid-Columbia Conference team was announced Tuesday.

On offense, Meise is a second-team all-league tackle and part of a line that has plowed a wide road for big-load back Devven Ramos to wrack up 1,648 yards and 15 TDs, including games of 208, 264 and 303 yards.

Not bad for a guy who figured to be a two-way starter this year but expected his first varsity campaign to be mostly a stepping stone to next season.

His coach, on the other hand, had an inkling of something bigger.

“We kept hearing things about his exploits at the freshman level two years ago,” Templeton said. “How tough he was, how crazy, how ‘let’s do this thing’ he was.”

A lot of that stemmed from that smashed hand.

“His hand was swollen. It was bad,” remembered freshman coach Ty Cronenwett, adding that he turned to the sideline to call in a backup, only to have the kid complain that his hand was too hurt.

“I turned back around, and Meise is already out there in his three-point stance — on his bad hand. I knew at that point he was going to be a force.

“He’s never let off since then. He’s not only an extremely tough kid, he’s passionate.”

Meise admitted that his hand was killing him — “I thought it was broken” — but he knew his coaches were watching.

“It showed my toughness,” he said, “established my reputation.”

He didn’t hurt his rep any last week against Shadle Park, when his helmet came off and he stuck his nose into a pile. Meise took a shot to the noggin on that one — he has since been checked out and is cleared to play this week.

Asked about his “topless” exploits, Meise just shrugged.

“It’s what I had to do to make the tackle.”

Whatever it takes.

Saturday 11/10 Gametime Change to 4PM!

Game time Now 4PM

Saturdays State Football game vs North Thurston has been pushed back to 4pm per Kennewick Athletic Director Ronny Coleman.

North Thurston requested the change from 1pm to 4pm to ease travel conditions for their team and fans.  Expect a packed Tri City house at Lampson as Kennewick is the only Tir City team remaining in the playoffs.

Lions Heading To State!

Ramos roars in Kennewick's 38-20 win over Shadle

KENNEWICK, Wash. — For the first 17 plays of the game Friday, it certainly looked like the vaunted Shadle Park offense would have its way with Kennewick.

Once the Lions figured out the flow of the Highlanders’ no-huddle offense and started getting pressure, the game turned quickly. Kennewick used a bend-but-don’t-break defense and a monster game from running back Devven Ramos to defeat Shadle Park 38-20 in a Class 3A regional playoff game at Lampson Stadium.

“We found our rhythm,” Kennewick safety Bodie Simpson said. “We wanted to stop their big, explosive plays. We knew they would get some big plays, but we wanted to limit them.”

The Lions did just that, sacking Shadle Park quarterback Brett Rypien four times and intercepting him once. Rypien still threw for a whopping 410 yards, but the Highlanders struggled to put points on the board.

“They were definitely bringing a lot of pressure,” Rypien said. “You could tell after the first drive that we were a little rattled. We weren’t playing in our rhythm.”

Shadle Park turned the ball over on downs five times, including once when the Highlanders had first-and-goal at the 4.

A big part of that was the strong play of the defensive line for Kennewick, which did just enough to keep Rypien off balance.

“Once we got the tempo, we buckled down and got to our spots,” Ramos said of the defense. “Once we hit the quarterback a few times, he got rattled. The intensity of our defense and the quickness of our defense got to them.

“When we are all clicking, we are flowing.”

The Lions offense also got to the Highlanders, as Ramos had a monster night rushing for 208 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass on a halfback pass, and scored three two-point conversions.

To top it off, he added a sack of Rypien on defense.

“Every week he is putting it down when he is in the game,” Simpson said of Ramos. “No one seems to be able to tackle him.”

That was never more evident than in the third quarter when he scored on a 63-yard run to give Kennewick an important answer-back touchdown.

Shadle Park had just scored on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Rypien to Skyler Kelley to pull the Highlanders within 30-20 with 2:22 left in the third quarter.

On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Ramos went over the left tackle, breaking tackles down the left sideline, eventually spinning away from two more defenders and stiff-arming the last man to beat for a 63-yard touchdown.

The score seemed to take the air out of the Shadle Park sideline.

“I just do what I do,” he said. “Whatever I can do to help the team win.”

He added touchdown runs of 3 and 9 yards, and threw the 31-yard touchdown pass to Kaden Julian.

That trick play came on fourth-and-1. He took a pitch from a Dylan Tennancour, rolled right and threw a nice ball to a wide-open Julian.

It’s a play the team has been working on, and it worked to perfection.

Much like pretty much everything Friday.

Tennancour was an efficient 14-of-16 for 163 yards, and also scored on a 1-yard run. He added an interception on defense, while Simpson had nine receptions for 147 yards as he consistently abused the Shadle Park defense with his speed off the edge.

“We are happy with the win,” Ramos said, “but we’re looking forward to next week.”

Lions Roar Over Kamiakin

Kennewick tops Kamiakin 27-14, claims MCC No. 1

There is a new king in the Tri-Cities, and it resides in east Kennewick.

The Kennewick football team ended Kamiakin’s throttlehold as the top Class 3A team in the area with a 27-14 victory Friday at Lampson Stadium to win a piece of the Mid-Columbia Conference crown.

“It was time to put an end to their reign,” Kennewick quarterback Dylan Tennancour said. “It feels amazing. I lost my voice from yelling so much.”

Kennewick (5-2 league, 6-2-1 overall) tied for the title with Kamiakin and Hanford but gets the No. 1 seed into the regional playoffs next week with a home game against Shadle Park of Spokane.

Kamiakin (5-2, 6-3) will hit the road to play University (Spokane) in the other regional playoff game, while Hanford is eliminated.

Tennancour was a major reason the Lions won the top seed, throwing for 176 yards and four touchdown passes. Three of the four came on play-action passes, as the Lions seemed to take the Braves by surprise with their passing game.

“I think they expected us to run the ball like we have the last couple of years,” Tennancour said. “We saw they were blitzing and stunting and bringing guys forward and we just started passing.”

And they didn’t stop.

Tennancour connected with wide receiver Kaden Julian on touchdown passes of 25, 50 and 35 yards. Slot receiver Bodie Simpson also hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass.

“We thought they’d be stuffing people in the box and thought we’d have the opportunity to throw,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “We knew the focus would be on Devven (Ramos). Kaden is an athlete, and we wanted to get him into space, and Dylan made some incredible throws.”

The Lions have not thrown much this season, instead riding Ramos to the second most rushing yards in the conference on the season.

And early on it looked as though Friday would be no different, as the Lions ran the ball on their first eight plays, until Tennancour connected with Julian down the middle on a 25-yard touchdown pass that the receiver caught just before sliding through the back of the end zone onto the concrete.

After a pair of punts, the Lions went back to work running the ball. Tennancour hit Simpson on a 26-yard gain on a play-action, and then threw a deep ball on third-and-2 that Tennancour ran under. He looked to be tackled inside the 5, but rolled over the defender into the end zone for a touchdown.

Kamiakin fumbled the ensuing kickoff and five plays later, a familiar scene unfolded as Tennancour got the Kamiakin defense to bite on the run again, and hit a streaking Julian for a third score and a 21-7 lead with 2 minutes left in the first half.

“It’s pretty satisfying to come out with a big passing game,” Julian said. “We expected to run the ball, but they were giving us man coverage and their safeties were biting on the run.

“It all just came together tonight.”

And what a time for it to come together.

The Lions not only won the league title, but they earned a spot in the regional playoffs in a must-win game. A loss would’ve meant a fourth-place finish in league and no playoff berth.

Instead, Kennewick took care of business.

“We talked about finding ways to win, whether it was for senior night or homecoming or whatever,” Julian said. “I wanted to win for the conference title. Being the first Mid-Columbia champs is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Early on it looked as though Kamiakin might be on its way to a third consecutive league title, driving the length of the field on its opening drive and scoring on a pass from Kylle Robertson to Brandon Larsen from 6-yards out.

But the Braves struggled to maintain drives throughout the night thanks to a strong defensive effort by Kennewick.

Kamiakin also was bitten by the injury bug. Already playing without receiver K Perrins, wideout Javan Williams — who leads the league in receiving yards and touchdowns — suffered an injury before halftime and had to be helped off the field. He did not return, further stunting an offense that was also missing running back Liam Ollila.

The Braves did attempt a rally in the fourth quarter, as Robertson scored on a 2-yard run to pull within 27-14. Kamiakin then forced a three-and-out to get the ball back, but the drive stalled and the Lions nearly wound out the clock.

“All the hard work over the summer paid off,” Tennancour said. “We needed a big win.”

Julian finished with four receptions for 110 yards, while Simpson had seven catches for 62 yards. Ramos rushed 27 times for 114 yards.

Robertson was 13-for-29 for 121 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Larsen had five receptions for 71 yards and the score.

Kamiakin 7 0 0 7 — 14
Kennewick 8 19 0 0 — 27

First quarter
Kamiakin—Brandon Larsen 6 pass from Kylle Robertson (Connor Shymanski kick), 7:50
Kennewick—Kaden Julian 25 pass from Dylan Tennancour (Bodie Simpson pass from Tennancour), 4:26
Second quarter
Kennewick—Julian 50 pass from Tennancour (pass failed), 3:58
Kennewick—Julian 35 pass from Tennancour (Josh Kutzke kick), 2:10
Kennewick—Simpson 17 pass from Tennancour (kick failed), :35
Fourth quarter
Kamiakin—Robertson 2 run (Shymanski kick), 7:29
RUSHING—Kamiakin, Johnny Jansen 7-28, Robertston 10-22, Umid Ramizov 7-16. Kennewick, Ramos 27-114, Simpson 5-29, Jeremiah Sprague 2-4, Tennancour 4-(-33).
PASSING—Kamiakin, Robertson 13-29-1—121. Kennewick, Tennancour 12-15-1—176.
RECEIVING—Kamiakin, Larsen 5-71, Austin Gutierrez 2-22, Hunter Shauers 2-18, Javan Williams 2-12, Jansen 1-0, Ramizov 1-(-2). Kennewick, Simpson 7-62, Julian 4-110, Ramos 1-4.
SACKS—Kamiakin, Dylan Keech 2-31, Hayden Burris 1-6. Kennewick, Jacob Meise 1-11, Ramos 1-3.
INTERCEPTIONS—Kamiakin, Larsen 1-22. Kennewick, Martin Altahir 1-33.
FIRST DOWNS—Kamiakin 10, Kennewick 15. FUMBLES-LOST—Kamiakin 2-1, Kennewick 0-0. PENALTIES-YARDS—Kamiakin 4-50, Kennewick 7-50. PUNTING-AVG.—Kamiakin, 5-39.0; Kennewick, 6-30.0

Ramos leads Lions to victory

Ramos leads Lions to victory

You look at the career numbers put up by Kennewick running back Devven Ramos on Thursday night — 316 yards rushing and four total touchdowns — or the incredibly efficient night for Lions quarterback Dylan Tennancour (10-for-12, 220 yards and three TDs) and figure the game balls are going their way.

But the key to Kennewick’s 40-28 win over Walla Walla at Lampson Stadium lay elsewhere, with a group that rhymes with “shmoffensive line.”

“The line did an unbelievable job of opening holes, and I just had to be patient,” said Ramos, who scored on a 50-yard run to start the game and put the game away with a 51-yard stiff-arm clinic for a 19-point lead with 8:36 to play.

He also had two catches for 31 yards, accounting for 347 yards as Kennewick racked up 527 overall.

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Lions Take Out Griz

Lions Defeat Griz

Devven Ramos scored on a 7-yard run with 22 seconds left to help the Kennewick Lions leap over the Sunnyside Grizzlies 18-13 on the road.

Sunnyside had scored on a 20-yard pass from Eddie Gonzalez to Joseph Contreras to go up 13-12, missing the two-point attempt with three minutes remaining, before the Lions marched down the field for the game winner.

“I was real proud,” Sunnyside coach Mark Marro said. “We had our starting quarterback out, and the backup quarterback (Gonzalez) did a great job for us. He threw for 75 yards, and we were able to put some strong defense together.

“We were missing three starters and two of them two-way starters. I was happy with how we played, obviously not happy with the outcome, but I was still happy.

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