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Riverhawks Go To 2-0 With Win Over West Valley

CHIAWANA 42, WEST VALLEY 20:Andrew Vargas ran for six touchdowns as the Riverhawks cruised to a nonleague win over the Rams in Yakima.

Vargas’ first touchdown was 40 yards, followed by scoring runs of 27, 53, 85, 4 and 2 yards.

“I had a good game,” said Vargas, who also had a quarterback sack. “We struggled a bit in the first quarter, but the line starting opening up things up a little. It helps to have speed and power behind it. It was pretty fun.”

Chiawana kicker Ryan Lowry did his part, making good on all six PATs.

The Riverhawks (2-0) will host Kamiakin this Friday in their Mid-Columbia Conference opener.

“Kamiakin will be a great challenge for us,” Vargas said. “That game will determine how our season will go. Richland too.”







West Valley







Chi — Andrew Vargas 40 run (Ryan Lowry kick)

Chi — Vargas 27 run (Lowry kick)

WV — Kevin Waltman 1 run (kick blocked)

Chi — Vargas 53 run (Lowry kick)

Chi — Vargas 85 run (Lowry kick)

Chi — Vargas 4 run (Lowry kick)

WV — Cody Allen 77 pass from Brandon Battle (pass failed)

Chi — Vargas 2 run (Lowry kick)

WV — Allen 22 pass from Battle (David Lindgren pass from Battle)


Monster day by Vargas leads Chiawana past Kamiakin

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“I think our offensive line got off the ball really well, especially in the first half,” Graff said. “The defensive line did a really good job. (Assistant coach Don) Hogue had a really good plan, and we kept them from running around and hurting us.”

The Braves — who outscored opponents 85-0 in their two nonconference games — trailed the Riverhawks 35-7 with almost a full quarter left to play.

Senior linebacker Caleb Weber anchored the Chiawana defense that held the dynamic Kamiakin rushing attack to just 54 yards on 28 carries. Borisch was able to hit on a few deep passes and ended up going 13-for-29 for 175 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions.

“To be honest, right after the first drive, we were just pumped up and ready to go,” Weber said. “We were almost expecting a little bit more push from them, a little bit more fight back. We started whooping up on ’em, and right after that, when we started to pin them, we knew we could drive them into the ground.”

While Vargas was the offensive hero for the Riverhawks, senior quarterback Troy Simpkins opened the game’s scoring with a 24-yard touchdown pass to senior wide out Hayden Carrasco on the Riverhawks’ first drive. Vargas set up the score with a 30-yard rush to get Chiawana deep into Kamaikin territory.

The next two scores came from Vargas, the Riverhawks’ workhorse who punched in runs of 7 and 37 yards to put Chiawana up 21-0 in the second quarter. Vargas ended the first half with 216 yards on 22 carries.

Kamiakin recorded the final score of the first half on a 27-yard bullet pass from Borisch to senior Darreon Moore, but the momentum would be with the Riverhawks the rest of the way.

Chiawana will host Hanford (2-1, 0-1) next week in its second MCC contest. Kamiakin will hope to recover from the loss against the winless Pasco Bulldogs.

Stifling defense, balanced offense lead Chiawana to blowout win over Hanford

“It was fun,” Simpkins said. “I mean, I’ll do whatever the team needs me to do to get the win. But if we’re gonna pass the ball, we’ve got guys out on the outside that can make plays, so I’ll get the ball to them.”

Chiawana’s senior running back Andrew Vargas — who entered the game leading the league in rushing yards (982) and touchdowns (13) — didn’t come near the 417-yard, four-touchdown performance from last week but still had a fine game, dashing for 167 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, which allowed Chiawana to hold on to the ball for more than 31 minutes.

Senior linebacker Caleb Weber came unblocked off the right edge on Hanford’s first play of the game from scrimmage to hit Falcons quarterback Garrett Horner and force an interception to Hayden Carrasco. The Riverhawks took advantage of the good field position by going 37 yards in four plays and cashing in on a short touchdown run by Vargas.

But the Falcons wouldn’t go away quietly in the early going, as they capitalized on some good field position of their own — queued up by a bad snap on a Chiawana punt — to answer back with a 24-yard touchdown strike from Horner to wide out Joe Gauthier midway through the first quarter.

Gauthier was by far Hanford’s top offensive weapon, as he also scored on a 76-yard catch-and-run late in the fourth quarter. He finished the night with three catches for 99 yards.

The Falcons did a nice job of keeping Vargas in check in the first half, as a 43-yard scamper — which would have been a 69-yard touchdown if not for a block-in-the-back penalty — was the only time the Chiawana workhorse was able to get loose.














C — Andrew Vargas 3 run (Ryan Lowry kick)

H — Joe Gauthier 24 pass from Garrett Horner (Woody Page kick)

C — Troy Simpkins 1 run (kick failed)

C — Hayden Carrasco 10 pass from Simpkins (Josiah Richardson run)

C — Trent Simpkins 66 punt return (Lowry kick)

C — Vargas 9 run (Lowry kick)

C — AJ Vongphachanh 35 fumble return (Lowry kick)

C — Josiah Richardson 30 pass from Troy Simpkins (Lowry kick)

H — Gauthier 76 pass from Horner (Page kick)


RUSHING — H, Tayvonne Miller 12-27; Drezdyn O’Daol 1-12; Horner 7-(minus 42). C, Vargas 26-167; Ethan Garcia 7-25; Enoch Vargas 2-17; Troy Simpkins 2-6.

PASSING — H, Horner 10-15-130-2. C, Troy Simpkins 11-15-137.

RECEIVING — H, Gauthier 3-99; Thomas Kitchens 1-20; Tayvonne Miller 2-7; Brady White 3-5. C, Josiah Richardson 3-45; Michael Sanchez 1-27; Trent Simpkins 4-24; Hayden Carrasco 2-24; Brayde Hiria 1-17.


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