Congrats to Chiawana All-Conference Selections

The 2019 Mid-Columbia Conference All Conference teams were announced today and several Riverhawks made the list including Senior Defensive Lineman Bridger Feldman who was selected as Defensive Player of the Year.  Head Coach Steve Graff was chosen as Coach of the Year with an 8-0 Conference Record.  pdfFull List Here


1st Team

Aiden Mason
Dion Lee
Riley Cissne
Cameron Breier
Bridger Feldman
Isaiah Anderson

2nd Team

Aarloh Valdovinos
Dion Lee
Gabe Schilz


Honarable Mention

Gerardo Alonso
Jaiden Anderson
JP Zampra
Evan Dawes

Loss Ends Season For Riverhawks

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The Chiawana defensive unit, always a feisty and stubborn group, has prided itself in allowing very few points or yards this high school football season.

But the Riverhawks had never faced anyone like quarterback Clay Millen.

Until Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 191-pound junior dominated for visiting Mount Si, throwing for 466 yards and six touchdown passes, as the Wildcats beat Chiawana 46-21 in a first-round WIAA Class 4A state football playoff game at Edgar Brown Stadium.

It wasn’t as if the Chiawana defense wasn’t playing badly.

The Riverhawks got some pressure on Millen, sacking him eight times.

And the Chiawana secondary did a good job of staying with their receivers.

But Millen was incredibly accurate with his throws.

If his guy had just a 2-foot window to catch a pass, it was there. If the receiver needed the ball to his side away from his defender, it was there.

“Clay throws with great timing,” said his coach, Charlie Kinnune. “He throws his receivers open. They may not be open when he throws it. But he knows where they’re going to be, and when the ball arrives, they are open. And let’s not forget he’s extremely accurate.”

Millen entered the game with a 69 percent completion percentage. Chiawana coach Steve Graff was impressed.

“Our guys played their receivers close,” said Graff. “Just not close enough. He’s pretty good. It’s nothing that we didn’t see on film.”

It helps that Millen also comes from strong quarterbacking genes. His father, Hugh, was a QB at the University of Washington and played in the NFL for a few teams.

His older brother, Cale, was Mount Si’s quarterback last year and is now the backup at the University of Oregon.

Things looked hopeful at first for Chiawana.

The Wildcats spotted the Riverhawks an early 7-0 lead. Millen had led Mount Si’s offense on its opening drive down to the Chiawana 1.

But when Millen connected with Kevin Corder, Riverhawks DB Preston Vine punched the ball out of his hands. Chiawana’s Marvell Cooks was there to catch it for an interception.

It marked the first time Millen had been picked off all season.

The Chiawana offense marched 75 yards in seven plays — keyed by Gabe Schilz’s 48-yard run. QB JP Zamora found Dion Lee for a 5-yard TD pass.

It all went downhill from there.

Mount Si picked up a safety when the Riverhawks — backed up to their own 1 on their next series — failed to get the ball out of the end zone on a Schilz run.

The Wildcats ended up scoring on their next four series: Millen with TD passes of 11, 10 and 16 yards.

Kicker Colby Ramsey finished the scoring with a 28-yard field goal, and before anyone could blink the Wildcats had a 25-7 halftime lead.

Mount Si got the ball to open the third quarter, and Chiawana needed to start the half out with a stop.

It didn’t happen.

Millen drove the Wildcats 69 yards on nine plays, capping it with a 19-yard TD strike to Brayden Holt for a 32-7 lead.

“We watched film of Chiawana,” said Millen. “They have a great defense. All week long, we practiced really well. Our offensive line did awesome, and our receivers played great.”

That put the game away completely.

“I told our guys at halftime, we needed to go out in the third quarter and get a stop,” said Graff. “It didn’t happen.”

That second-quarter explosion also took the Riverhawks out of their normal offensive game plan, which is usually run the ball to chew up clock time and keep the football out of the opponent’s hands.

Instead, Chiawana was forced to throw the ball, and it proved ineffective.

No. 11-seeded Mount Si will play No. 3 Lake Stevens in a state quarterfinal game next weekend, while Chiawana’s season ends with a 9-2 record.

Holt was Millen’s top receiver, catching 11 passes for 163 yards and four TDs.

Schilz finished with 77 yards rushing on five carries for Chiawana, while Caleb Alvarez caught three passes for 45 yards.

On To State! - Riverhawks to Face Mt. Si

Riverhawks to face #11 seed Mt. Si on Saturday November 16th at 1pm at Edgar Brown Stadium.


2019 state

Riverhawks 7th in Week 8 Poll

Seattle Times Poll - Class 4A Top 10

1. Lake Stevens Vikings (8-0)

Beat Jackson 70-0. Next: Mariner

2. Graham-Kapowsin Eagles (8-0)

Beat Rogers 49-0. Next: Sumner

3. Kennedy Catholic Lancers (8-0)

Beat Kentwood 69-36. Next: NPSL crossover vs. Federal Way

4. Camas Papermakers (8-0)

Beat Skyview 21-17. Next: at Union

5. Woodinville Falcons (7-1)

Beat North Creek 41-7. Next: KingCo 4A crossover vs. Skyline

6. Puyallup Vikings (7-1)

Beat Curtis 40-6. Next: Rogers

7. Chiawana Riverhawks (7-1)

Beat Kamiakin 10-7. Next: at Pasco

8. Eastlake Wolves (7-1)

Beat Redmond 14-7. Next: KingCo 4A title game at Bothell

9. Bothell Cougars (6-2)

Beat Inglemoor 24-0. Next: KingCo 4A title game vs. Eastlake

10. Mead Panthers (6-2)

Beat University 52-21. Next: Ferris

Riverhawks Victorious in Border Clash with Hermiston

HERMISTON — A handful of mistakes were costly for the Hermiston Bulldogs on Friday night, and Chiawana took advantage of most of them.

The Riverhawks, who were shut out in the first quarter, scored twice in a span of 8 seconds to open the second half, en route to a 34-14 Mid-Columbia Conference victory at Kennison Field.

“I’m proud of the kids with how hard they played and competed against one of the best 4A teams in the state,” Hermiston coach David Faaeteete said. “The game plan was good, but our own mistakes hurt us in the first half.”

The Riverhawks, who improved to 5-0 in league play, got three touchdowns from Marvell Cooks on runs of 6, 66 and 3 yards.

“I told them before the game if they didn’t take their heart early, it would be a long day,” Chiawana coach Steve Graff said. “They have some good athletes and they are well-coached. We got schlooped a couple of times on the back end.”

The game opened with a scoreless first quarter, with the teams trading interceptions.

Dion Lee had the pick for Chiawana, while Hermiston’s Broc Remmer repaid the favor on the next play.

The Riverhawks, which got good field position when the Bulldogs had a botched punt late in the first quarter, scored on a 6-yard run by Kobe Young 13 seconds into the second quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Chiawana stripped the ball from Remmer, and Jalen Webber picked up the ball and sprinted 24 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 Riverhawks lead.

With time winding down in the first half, the Bulldogs (1-5 MCC) had the ball and got into Chiawana territory with a 30-yard pass from Sam Schwirse to Trevor Wagner.

From there, the Riverhawks were all over the Schwirse, who got hit for a loss of 12 yards to bring up fourth-and-24.

Wagner punted, but the Riverhawks were called for roughing the punter, putting the ball on the Chiawana 14.

Two penalties, and two sacks put the ball on the 50-yard line as the half came to and end.

“That was the best first half of football we have played all season,” Wagner said.

Wagner got the Bulldogs on the board less than 5 minutes into the third quarter, hauling in a 56-yard touchdown pass from Schwirse for a 14-7 game. Schwirse finished the game with 317 yards.

Cooks, who ran for 208 yards, took off for a 32-yard run late in the third to put the ball inside the Bulldogs’s 15. Two plays later, quarterback JP Zamora scampered for a 14-yard touchdown.

Cooks scored once again, on a 66-yard run, for a 28-7 game, and his final touchdown gave Chiawana a 34-7 lead.

Hermiston put one last score on the board with 4:24 to play as Wagner ran the ball up the middle for 20 yards.

The Bulldogs managed 279 yards of offense, but had minus 39 yards rushing as the Riverhawks made themselves at home in the Hermiston backfield.

“A lot of great opportunities that we missed,” Faaeteete said. “We need to execute in the red zone and get better.”