Southridge football beats Kennewick in cardiac fashion

Tri-City HeraldSeptember 14, 2012 

— The Southridge football team continued its charmed season Friday.

The Suns picked up their third consecutive come-from-behind victory thanks to late missed extra point by Kennewick, winning 16-15 in a Mid-Columbia Conference game at Lampson Stadium.

"I had a funny feeling in my gut that it's gonna be a good play," said Kadin Diaz, a Southridge running back/linebacker.

Kennewick scored with 2 minutes, 1 second left on a trick play, as running back Devven Ramos rolled out and hit a wide open Bodie Simpson for the touchdown from 11 yards out.

Ramos then fell to the turf with leg cramps, which bothered him throughout the second half. Backup kicker Adrian Roja and the rest of the Lions watched Ramos struggle on the ground for about a minute, before he was carried off.

Roja's line-drive kick then bounced off the right upright, keeping the Suns in front.

Kennewick eventually got the ball back, but with just 38 seconds remaining and 97 yards in front of them, the Lions couldn't do much.

The victory marks the third time this season Southridge has found itself in a tenuous situation.

In the opener, the Suns trailed 7-3 late but scored on the final play of the game to defeat Richland 9-7.

Last week, Diaz scored two late touchdowns as Southridge rallied past Sunnyside 25-21.

On Friday, Kennewick dominated the first half, leading 9-0 at the break and holding Southridge to just four first downs.

But the second half was a completely different story.

On Kennewick's third play of the third quarter, quarterback Dylan Tennancour was intercepted by Southridge linebacker Cole Henderson, who returned it 36 yards to the 4.

Three players later, quarterback Grant Lathim scored from a yard out to cut the score to 9-7.

After a three-and-out for Kennewick, Diaz opened the ensuing drive with a 62-yard run around the left side, breaking two tackles and scoring the go-ahead touchdown.

"We talked about how it's all heart," Diaz said of the halftime speech from coach Tony Reiboldt. "This is our third comeback. You have to play hard. The game is never over."

Southridge added a 29-yard field goal by Conner Mertens in the fourth quarter, and appeared to have the game sewn up with 5 minutes left.

But the Lions had one final drive left in them.

Facing 3rd-and-6 from their own 43, Tennancour hit Kaden Julian on a slant route, and Julian was off to the races. He was eventually tackled at the 11-yard line, setting up Simpson's touchdown catch.

Kennewick's miracle was not to be, though, as the Suns hung on by a ray of light.

"We've been the Cardiac Kids," Diaz said. "We'll hammer Kamiakin as hard as we can next week. We like being the underdogs."

Diaz finished with 192 yards on 28 carries with the one touchdown. Lathim was 3-for-8 for 58 yards, as Diaz did most of the damage.

Kevin Del-Angel played a strong game for the Suns, recording a pair of sacks and leading a solid defensive effort for Southridge.

Ramos ran for 117 yards on 26 carries, while Tennancour was 9-for-17 for 119 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown.

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