Graff Family Says Thanks For Your Support!

The Graff family has asked the Pasco School District to share the following message:

"We would like to extend our hearfelt thanks to the countless friends, family, and people we have not even met, for their incredible support of Mac and our family. We cannot express how much we appreciate the encouragement we have received from people throughout the Tri-Cities and around the northwest.

We are also incredibly grateful to the Chiawana staff and students, Pasco School District and the athletic community in the area and around the state who have overwhelmed us with love and support.

We also want to thank everyone associated with Mac's care, including the first responders, along with the doctors, nurses and everyone at Kadlec who has provided such loving and compassionate care.

We thank you for your thoughts and prayers as we focus our attention on Mac's recovery. Go Riverhawks!"

- The Graff Family

Community Support For Mac

In response to many asking if there is a way to make financial contributions, we have set up two ways to do so. Donations will be accepted at any US Bank to the Mac Graff Medical Fund.

In addition, donations may be made online to the Mac Graff Medical Fund through GoFundMe.

Click on the link to donate and feel free to share this link.

Chiawana rises up in 41-0 win over Richland

By Jeff Morrow, Tri-City Herald sports editor

The community came out to support the Graff family and the Chiawana Riverhawks on Friday night at Edgar Brown Stadium.

Before the game, the Richland Bombers, Chiawana’s opponent, hung up a sign in support of Mac Graff — Riverhawks coach Steve Graff’s youngest son — on their side of the field. Bomber coaches even wore shirts saying “Graff Strong.”

But when the game started, Chiawana was back to business in a 41-0 rout of the Bombers.

Riverhawks running back Austin Urlacher rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns to put the game away in the first half.

It ended a long week for the Riverhawks, who learned last Saturday that Mac Graff — a junior starting defensive back — fell while out hunting and suffered a serious back injury.He has been in intensive care since then and has little feeling from the waist down.

“We were playing for our brother Mac out there,” said Urlacher. “Mac would do the same for us.”

Steve Graff looked worn out after the victory. He said he depended on his coaches to put together a game plan and keep the team focused. Most of his staff has been with him for at least 15 years, so it wasn’t a hard task.

“Our coaches do a great job,” said Steve Graff. “I don’t do anything except the paperwork. I got to practice every day this week except for the Sunday meeting.”

Richland players came up to the Riverhawks coach after the game and lined up to hug him.

“The community has been amazing,” said Graff. “So has the Pasco School District. So have the Richland Bombers.”

So have all of the other Mid-Columbia Conference schools. Hanford High’s Leadership Class, for example, raised $1,100 for the Graff’s at the Falcons game against Pasco.

And it was announced during the game that with all of the fundraisers that started three days ago, over $30,000 has been raised for Mac’s medical costs by the community.

As for the game, Chiawana did nothing surprising. The Riverhawks ran their bread-and-butter play, a handoff deep in the backfield to Urlacher. Richland couldn’t stop it.

It’s been that way for years for Graff’s teams since his days at Pasco High and now Chiawana: they tell the defense what they’re running; now try to stop it.

“That’s exactly what it is,” said Urlacher. “Coach Graff and (Richland) Coach Neidhold were joking last week. Coach Neidhold said ‘I know what you’re going to run.’”

The difference?

“We execute it really well,” Graff said.

But as well as the Chiawana offense played, the Riverhawks defense may have been even better.

“We really stepped up,” said Chiawana linebacker Caleb Weber, who had eight tackles, including a quarterback sack. “We knew they had good speed. But we did a lot of film watching this week and came prepared. It was a rough week, and we were just trying to get ready.”

Graff agreed.

“The defense has played really well,” he said with a smile.

Corey Bell added two touchdowns for the Riverhawks on runs of 4 and 72, and Andrew Vargas finished the scoring with a 9-yard run.

“Chiawana is better than we are,” said Neidhold. “They were more physical on the line of scrimmage. They were faster than we were. They were tougher than we were. It was a great night for Chiawana with all of the adversity they went through this week.”

Week2 - Riverhawks Crush Panthers

CHIAWANA 42, WENATCHEE 7: Visiting Chiawana jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back in a nonleague win over Wenatchee.

Austin Urlacher scored the first three TDs — on runs of 33, 1 and 1 yards — then added a 25-yard score later in the game.

He finished with 222 yards rushing.

“It was all the o-line. They’re the reason I got all four (touchdowns),” Urlacher told the Wenatchee World. “You have to give all the credit to them.”

“Urlacher is a stud, he is a flat-out stud,” Panthers head coach Scott Devereaux told the Wenatchee World. “Great vision, tough runner and he has a great o-line in front of him. He got the job done, no doubt about it.”

Isaiah Richie led the Riverhawks receiving corps with four catches for 50 yards.

Chiawana 14 7 14 7 — 42

Wenatchee 0 7 0 0 — 7


C — Austin Urlacher 33 run (Matt Winn kick)

C — Urlacher 1 run (Winn kick)

C — Urlacher 1 run (Winn kick)

W — Killion McGinnis 23 pass from Brandon Graves (Garrett King kick)

C — Isaiah Richie 3 pass from Logan Ellsworth (Winn kick)

C — Urlacher 25 run (Winn kick)

C — Corey Bell 10 run (Winn kick)


RUSHING—C, Urlacher 27-222, Andrew Vargas 6-30, Corey Bell 7-21, Dre Dorton 1-1, Ellsworth 1-(-5), Cortez Ruiz 2-(minus 3). W, Chase Resch 7-33, Joe Sells 8-19, Cory Leenders 3-12, TJ Harris 3-7, Willy Taulango 3-4, Graves 10-(minus 14).

PASSING—C, Ellsworth 6-11-1 68, Dre Dorton 2-2-0 48. W, Graves 11-28-4 101.

RECEIVING—C, Isaiah Richie 4-50, Dillon Coonrad 1-23, Dre Dorton 1-21, Roman Ruiz 1-16, Cortez Ruiz 1-6. W, Chase Resch 2-36, McGinnis 2-28, Gavin Long 2-24, Tony Esquivel 2-7, Willy Taulango 1-6, Joe Sells 1-1, TJ Harris 1-(minus 1).


2014 Preseason AP Poll

2014 Associated Press Preaseason Rankings - CLASS 4A

  1. Bothell (6) 0-0 92
  2. Chiawana (2) 0-0 89
  3. Skyline (1) 0-0 75
  4. Federal Way (1) 0-0 74
  5. Camas (1) 0-0 57
  6. Union 0-0 49
  7. Gonzaga Prep 0-0 49
  8. Graham-Kapowsin 0-0 45
  9. Ferris 0-0 32
  10. Lake Stevens 0-0 18

Others receiving 6 or more points: None.