In a game chock full of big plays, an interception return for a touchdown by Chiawana’s Hayden Carrasco helped make the difference.
Carrasco stepped in front of Kennewick’s Devyn Edward early in the fourth quarter and raced 30 yards for a touchdown as the Riverhawks beat the Lions 42-35 in a Mid-Columbia Conference game Friday night at Lampson Stadium.
With Chiawana holding on to a 28-21 lead, Carrasco’s touchdown put the Riverhawks ahead by two touchdowns, and Kennewick could not recover.
Chiawana’s Andrew Vargas finished the night with 332 yards on the ground and three touchdowns — all for 51 yards or more.
“He does a great job,” Chiawana coach Steve Graff said. “Those guys (the offensive line) did a great job of opening holes for him.”
Kennewick jumped to a 7-0 lead with a three-play drive on its first offensive possession.
Quarterback Dillon Plew hit Keyshawn Owens for a 19-yard touchdown on the sixth play of the game.
The Riverhawks pulled even when Vargas broke down the right side for an 86-yard touchdown barely 2 minutes into the second quarter.