Chiawana football team still No. 3 in AP state poll

For the third week in a row, the Chiawana High School football team is ranked third in The Associated Press Class 4A state poll.

In the latest poll, released Wednesday, the Riverhawks (8-1 overall) received 112 points, 23 behind first-place Bothell (9-0) and 18 behind No. 2 Camas (9-0). Chiawana closed out an undefeated Mid-Columbia Conference schedule with last week’s 83-7 romp over Pasco in the Gravel Pit Bowl.

Chiawana routs Pasco 83-7

Chiawana finished the Mid-Columbia Conference portion of its schedule unbeaten on Friday night, beating crosstown rival Pasco 83-7 in the annual Gravel Pit game.

The Riverhawks, who also finished atop the MCC and have earned the MCC’s 4A top seed, will host the Greater Spokane League’s No. 2 team next Friday in a regional playoff game.

Chiawana jumped out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead, as quarterback Logan Ellsworth hit Christian Penny on a 20-yard scoring pass play. Then Ellsworth added a 13-yard TD run.

Dre Dorton then stepped up, scoring on a 48-yard run, then a 17-yard interception return.

Ellsworth and Dorton combined later on a 32-yard scoring pass, and the QB also added a 20-yard TD run.

Austin Urlacher carried the football 11 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

Riverhawks beat Lions 21-7, stay perfect in MCC

By Jack Millikin -  Tri City Herald

The Chiawana Riverhawks, ranked No. 3 in the latest Class 4A Washington prep football poll, were challenged for the second consecutive game, pulling out a 21-7 Mid-Columbia Conference win over the Kennewick Lions on Friday at Edgar Brown Stadium.

Chiawana clinched at least a share of the MCC title and the top 4A berth. Asked if this was a win the Riverhawks could be proud of, Chiawana defensive lineman Christian Penny didn’t hesitate.

“No, sir. I’m actually embarrassed,” he said after recording three sacks, another tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. “I don’t think we were ready. We came out a little cocky.”

The defending state champions rode Austin Urlacher hard, giving him 38 carries. The senior running back responded with 202 yards and three touchdowns, showing off his tools in front of a home crowd that included his cousin — former Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher — and former Pasco and University of Oregon basketball coach Don Monson. But the appearance of Chiawana player Mac Graff, who injured his back in a hunting accident three weeks ago, was enough to inspire his teammates to a strong start.

Not long after Graff led his team onto the field, the Riverhawks recovered a fumble on Kennewick’s first play from scrimmage and punched in their first score of the night — a 6-yard dive by Urlacher — to make it 7-0. They held the Lions to a three-and-out and then mounted a 10-play, 53-yard drive capped by Urlacher’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Urlacher scored on Chiawana’s third drive, a 14-yard scamper around left end to put the Riverhawks up 21-0 with 8:05 left in the first half. But after scoring on their first three drives, Chiawana was held scoreless by a scrappy Kennewick side.

“The plan is always to be balanced, but we just can’t seem to get things done,” Riverhawks coach Steve Graff said. “The offense has got to finish drives.”

While Chiawana was stalling on offense, Kennewick was finding some confidence. Quarterback Matt Driver had a 16-play drive in the first half fizzle out near the Riverhawks’ red zone, but he got another chance in the third quarter.

When the Lions punted with 5:03 left in the third quarter, Dre Dorton appeared to lose control of the ball after calling for a fair catch. Josh Kutzke was there to take advantage, snatching the ball away to give Kennewick a first down at the Chiawana 7. Three plays later, Kutzke hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Driver to cut the lead to 21-7.

Chiawana had a chance to pad its lead in the second half. Dorton returned an interception 85 yards for a score but had it called back on account of offsetting penalties. The Riverhawks were inside the Lions’ 5-yard line as the clock wound down, but Urlacher was stopped on several carries by a tough Kennewick defensive front.

“They play physical up front,” coach Graff said.

Driver left the game late in the third after being tripped up by Chiawana safety Nate Murillo, limping off with a right ankle injury. He was replaced by Kutzke at quarterback and did not return.

Kennewick’s Izayah Darby intercepted Logan Ellsworth with 1:48 left in the game, but he fell awkwardly to the turf after being tackled at the Lions’ 6-yard line. He did not return.

Driver completed 17 of 24 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, while Ellsworth completed 7 of 12 passes for 67 yards.

Kennewick’s Dwight Norwood was held to just 21 yards on 10 carries.

Urlacher scores 4 touchdowns as Riverhawks beat Blue Devils

Tri-City Herald staffOctober 17, 2014

The Chiawana Riverhawks rode the legs of senior running back Austin Urlacher on Friday night in a 28-19 Mid-Columbia Conference football victory at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla.

Urlacher carried the football 48 times for 256 yards and all four Chiawana touchdowns.

Wa-Hi took a 6-0 first-quarter lead when Blue Devils quarterback Trever Coronado hit Mitchell Huffman for an 83-yard TD play.

But the Riverhawks took the lead for good in the second quarter, when Urlacher scored on an 8-yard run for a 7-6 lead. He scored later in the quarter on a 3-yard run for a 14-6 lead.

On that TD, Urlacher scored with one-tenth of a second remaining in the first half.

The teams traded touchdowns in the second half, with Urlacher scoring on runs of 4 and 14 yards, while Coronado hitting Huffman for scoring passes of 9 and 22 yards — the final score coming as time expired.

The Riverhawks, now 5-0 in MCC play and 6-1 overall, won despite having 14 penalties for 116 yards.

Dorton, Urlacher lead Chiawana past Hanford

Tri-City HeraldOctober 10, 2014

Dre Dorton and Austin Urlacher were a lethal 1-2 punch Friday night as the host Chiawana Riverhawks ran roughshod past Hanford 62-6 in a Mid-Columbia Conference football game at Edgar Brown Stadium.

Dorton caught five passes for 132 yards, and scored on touchdown plays of 19, 48 and 38 yards.

Urlacher continued his success running with the football, carrying 16 times for 237 yards. It was the fourth time in five games for Urlacher going over 200 yards rushing.

The senior also scored four TDs, including a 49-yarder late in the second quarter that gave the Riverhawks a 49-0 lead.

Edward Colvin added a 25-yard interception nreturn for a score, while Andrew Vargas finished Chiawana’s scoring run with a 2-yard TD run.

Desmond Samples, who passed for 120 yards, scored Hanford’s lone TD on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.