Riverhawks Improve to 3-0

Chiawana 48, Walla Walla 3: The Riverhawks defense nearly pitched a shutout, and freshman quarterback JP Zamora threw for three touchdowns in an MCC win over visiting Walla Walla.

The Blue Devils were held to just 20 yards of offense. Aarloh Valdovinos returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown.

Gabe Schilz ran for 48 yards and two scores for Chiawana, and Ryan Lowry kicked 30- and 29-yard field goals along with four extra points.

In a battle of heavyweights, Chiawana’s defense rules the day

September 01, 2018 10:39 AM

Chiawana overcomes slow start, rolls Kennewick 41-10


SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 1:25 AM
Two weeks after Chiawana lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to Kamiakin, things are back on track for the Riverhawks.
A 26-7 win at Hanford last week was followed up by a 41-10 thrashing of Kennewick on Friday night at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.
It was a business-like performance, as Chiawana spotted the Lions a 3-0 lead before pounding away and consistently putting points on the board.

“It didn’t start out well,” said Chiawana coach Steve Graff, whose team is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in Mid-Columbia Conference play. “Then it was great because we got back to what we do best.”
That’s pounding the running game.
Ethan Garcia carried the football 18 times for 137 yards rushing with one touchdown, while teammate Tayden Jenkins added 17 carries for 99 yards and three TD runs.
Both running backs benefited from tremendous holes blown open in the middle of the field by the Riverhawks standout offensive line. At times, both Garcia and Jenkins wouldn’t even have a defensive hand on them until they were 7 yards upfield.
“Honestly, the holes were so big, our coaches could have walked through them,” said Jenkins. “Honestly, Coach Graff could have walked through them.”
Kennewick coach Bill Templeton wasn’t surprised. The Riverhawks have one of the better offensive lines in the state.
“We’re young up front and we were battling,” said Templeton. “But we’re not going to push their big boys around.”
The Lions jumped out with a 3-0 lead on the game’s first possession, as Emilio Ramos kicked a 26-yard field goal.
And it took the Chiawana offensive unit a little bit to get going. After a 3-and-out opening possession, the Riverhawks scored on their next four series — a Jenkins 7-yard run; a 10-yard Enoch Vargas to Josiah Richardson pass; a 17-yard Jenkins run; and a 1-yard Garcia run.
Sandwiched in between was a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Cedric Riel for the Lions.
But defensively, Chiawana was pretty stout, only giving up the field goal and just 147 yards to the Lions.
“We learned from our mistakes (against Kamiakin),” said Chiawana defensive back Jose Cruz, who led the Riverhawks with four tackles in the first half. “Once we saw that fly sweep Kennewick was running, we moved some guys around and started making some stops.”
Templeton was a bit more satisfied with his Lions’ effort after Friday’s game compared to his team’s 20-3 loss to Walla Walla last week.
“Last week was a gut shot,” he said. “But this week, I’m very pleased with our coaches and players. We had a couple of heart-to-hearts, and the seniors came together. We had some opportunities in the first half.”
Meanwhile, Chiawana is already planning its next business trip: an 8 p.m. contest at Lampson Stadium next Friday against Southridge.
“I told the kids after the game that it’s time to get back to work next week,” he said.

NOTES: Kennewick (1-4 overall, 0-3 MCC) will host Hanford at 5 p.m. next Friday as the first half of the Lampson Stadium doubleheader. ... DL AJ Vongphachanh led the Riverhawks defensively with 6 tackles (2 for loss) and 1.5 QB sacks; LB Conrad Moore added 5 tackles (1 for loss) and a QB sack; and DB Tavin Blair had 4 tackles (1 for loss) and a half QB sack. ... Kennewick DE Moses McAninch led the Lions with 6 tackles (1 for loss), a QB sack and a forced fumble. DB Kyle Benton added 5 tackles. ... Lions RB JJ Rodriguez rushed for 50 yards.

Chiawana grinds out 26-7 win over Hanford

Coutresy of Tri-City Herald

Enoch Vargas racked up 173 passing yards, throwing for one touchdown and rushing for another, and the Chiawana High School football team held off a surging Hanford squad to pick up a 26-7 win Friday night in MCC action at Fran Rish Stadium.

It was a bounce-back win for the Riverhawks, who fell in heartbreaking fashion to Kamiakin last week, 26-20 in double overtime.

“All week that was our mentality, we’ve gotta prove that we’re still playoff contenders,” said Vargas, a senior. “I think we showed that.”
While Vargas was able to sling the ball around the field pretty efficiently (completed 15 of 24 passes and didn’t turn it over), this was a pretty classic Chiawana win. Ethan Garcia and Tayden Jenkins carried the ball 12 times each, with the 3-inches taller and 35-pounds heavier Garcia gaining a game-high 72 of their combined 104 yards rushing.

And on defense, the Riverhawks were able to get after Hanford quarterback Garrett Horner with just three downed lineman (Chiawana recorded four sacks on the night and several hurries), which allowed them to drop back in coverage and keep the Falcons from playing pitch-and-catch, holding Horner to just 139 yards on 18-of-29 passing, after he came into the game averaging about 230 yards per contest.

“I thought the front guys put enough pressure on him (Horner) and made him throw the ball early some times, so that helps our secondary out,” Chiawana coach Steve Graff said.

Graff noted how the attention to the pass rush and coverage scheme made the Riverhawks a little susceptible to the rush, which Jared DeVine and Drezdyn O’Daol took slight advantage of for 65 yards on their combined 19 carries.

The stifling defense, coupled with two Hanford fumbles and some critical penalties, set the Riverhawks’ offense up with short fields for much of the night, as none of their three touchdown drives started on their own end of the field.

“We just made mistakes that you can’t make against Chiawana,” Hanford coach Brett Jay said. It’s pretty simple stuff, but you keep making mistakes against good teams, and it costs you.”
After Hanford’s Thomas Kitchens fumbled on the game’s first play from scrimmage and Chiawana (3-1, 1-1) recovered, Garcia made the Falcons (2-2, 1-1) pay with four straight runs for 26 yards, the last of which he punched in from 1 yard out for the opening score.

Field goals of 27 and 33 yards by Ryan Lowry gave the Riverhawks a 13-0 advantage nearing the end of the first half, but that cued Hanford’s first successful drive of the game.

DeVine ripped off a couple big runs, and Garrett Horner started finding receivers deep down field, culminating in a 31-yard scoring strike to Kitchens to put the Falcons on the board and make it a 13-7 game before halftime.

“Our pass protection picked up there in the second quarter,” Jay said. “But it’s like one area at a time, whether it’s a missed blocking assignment or a missed route, or we don’t see something, it’ll hinder you, and it’s like we can’t get going all at once.”

And Chiawana finally took advantage of those miscues in the second half — after a fumble on their first drive, that is.

A 4-yard punt by Hanford set up an eventual 3-yard touchdown run by Vargas the second time Chiawana touched the ball, and senior wide out Tavin Blair made a 49-yard TD catch on the Riverhawks’ following possession that made it a 26-7 game, effectively putting it out of reach for Hanford.

Blair also came off the corner and sacked Horner to halt the momentum of a Falcons’ drive in the fourth quarter.

“He does a great job on both sides of the ball,” Graff said of Blair. “He caught that guy (Hanford cornerback) peaking in the backfield on that touchdown play and got by him. Enoch found him, we got a throw and a catch, and that’s the story.”

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Falcons, who face the defending Class 3A state champion and undefeated Kamiakin Braves next week. Chiawana will return to Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium to host the Kennewick Lions.

“These are the weeks I love, to be honest,” Jay said, “because you really get to see who stands up and who doesn’t. It’s a big week, and you go to Lampson ... so we’re right back at it. That’s why you’ve gotta love this conference.”

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