RICHLAND Corey Hutchison describes his foot speed as "not good."
But not good was more than good enough Friday night.
The 6-foot-5 Kamiakin quarterback faked an inside handoff, then jetted outside and managed to outrun the Hanford defense for a key third-quarter touchdown.
"That play was a key point in the game," said Falcons coach Rob Oram. "It was the turning point."
Hutchison's score gave Kamiakin a 19-3 lead and sparked an early second-half scoring barrage as the Braves pulled away for a 31-10 CBBN Cascade victory at Fran Rish Stadium.
"We went out and got the job done," Hutchison said.
While Hutchison's legs tipped the momentum back to the Braves, it was his more well-documented arm that did most of the damage.
The senior finished 7-of-12 passing for 157 yards and two first-half touchdowns that helped Kamiakin open an early 13-3 lead.
The Braves' first score came on a 55-pass play from Hutchison to Zach Umemeto. The next score was a 57-yard strike to a streaking Tim White down the right sideline.
Those two big plays were a prelude of what was to come in the second half.
First came Hutchison's 41-yard run on the third play of the third quarter. Three plays later, Trey Ralston-Loera intercepted a Cameron Wagar pass and returned it to Hanford's 8-yard line.
Cody Wilmoth scored two plays later to push the lead to 25-3 with 8:47 left in the third quarter.
"That's what our offense is," Hutchison said about the big plays.
Just over a minute later, after the Braves forced a three-and-out, White weaved his way through the Hanford defense for a 61-yard punt return that pushed the lead to 31-3.
"We gave up five plays that changed the entire game," Oram said.
Wagar, who came off the bench last week in a 20-14 loss to Chiawana, did his best to keep the Hanford offense moving against a staunch Braves defense.
Wagar made something out of nothing more times than not, improvising on the run looking for somewhere to roam. He finished with a game-high 23 carries for 125 yards.
He also completed 6 of 16 passes for 102 yards.
"He's a playmaker," Oram said. "You put the ball in his hands and good things happen."
Kamiakin 7 6 18 0 -- 31
Hanford 0 3 0 7 -- 10
K -- Zach Umemoto 55 pass from Corey Hutchison (Cody Crow kick)
K -- Tim White 57 pass from Hutchison (kick failed)
H -- FG Joe Clements 22
K -- Hutchison 41 run (kick failed)
K -- Cody Wilmoth 2 run (kick failed)
K -- White 61 punt return (kick failed)
H -- Lamar Bowser 4 run (Clements kick)
RUSHING--K, Wilmoth 7-36, Hutchison 9-54, Crow 7-27. H, Cameron Wagar 23-125, Bowser 14-72, Shawn VanDeMark 6-6, Matt McClendon 2-5, Brenton Griffin 1-(minus-5).
PASSING--K, Hutchison 7-12-0-157, Team 0-1-0-0. H, Wagar 6-16-1-102, Griffin 1-3-0-17.
RECEIVING--K, Tyler Wolf 1-5, Umemoto 2-53, White 3-76, AJ Griffiths 1-28. H, Clements 2-31, Dylan Dikes 2-18, VanDeMark 2-55, Kurt Rueter 1-17,
FIRST DOWNS--K 10, H 12. FUMBLES-LOST--K 1-1, H 0-0. PENALTIES-YARDS--K 4-40, H 10-82.
Just not enough good things Friday against a Braves defense that was constantly in the Hanford backfield, wreaking havoc.
Kamiakin recorded six plays for losses and four others that netted zero yards.