Chiawana tops Pasco 28-13 for Gravel Pit

Tri-City HeraldSeptember 21, 2012 

Clifton Lozano has felt both the sting and the celebration of the Gravel Pit Bowl.

In 2011, as a freshman at Pasco, the young running back stood helpless on the sidelines watching Chiawana celebrate a 22-14 victory at Edgar Brown Stadium.

This year, Lozano got to be a part of the victory parade after transferring into the Riverhawks program. Following Chiawana's 28-13 win Friday at Edgar Brown, the 5-foot-7 sophomore was all smiles as he finally got to hoist the 20-pound rock that commemorates the Pasco city championship.

Lozano was a big part of the win, rushing for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.

But he didn't forget about his former Bulldog brothers.

"You have to give it up to Pasco. They played their hearts out," Lozano said.

That certainly could be said of Bulldogs running back Luis Murillo, who waged a battle between the lines with his former teammate. Murillo carried 18 times for 219 yards and a pair of scores, both impressive long-gainers that put his team back in the game.

Chiawana (1-3) worked hard to establish the pass, scoring its first two touchdowns in the second quarter on solid deliveries from quarterback Joey Zamora. The junior signal-caller hit Terro Bell on a fly route down the right sideline for the Hawks' first score, as safety Brady Ritala went for the ball and missed, leaving Bell free to coast to the end zone.

That made it 7-0, but Pasco came right back as Murillo broke free around left end and stiff-armed his way down the sideline for an 81-yard score to tie the game.

He later added a 57-yard TD run for emphasis.

But the story of the night was the Chiawana offense, which finally got untracked for its first win of the season.

Good field position helped the Riverhawks. Three times they got the ball inside the Pasco 50, and each time they scored. Starting from the Bulldogs' 38, Lozano carried six times to put Chiawana in the red zone, and Zamora capped the drive with a 9-yard fade to Dre Dorton in the back corner of the end zone.

That gave the Riverhawks a 14-7 lead they wouldn't relinquish.

"We practiced (passing) all week," said Lozano, who helped drain the clock in the second half with 112 rushing yards and a pair of scores.

"This was a big one. This is the city championship," Lozano said. "This feels a lot better than last year."

Pasco 0 7 6 0 -- 13

Chiawana 0 14 14 0 -- 28

Scoring plays

C--Terro Bell 73 pass from Joey Zamora (Isaac Mitz kick)

P--Luis Murillo 81 run (Ryan Gibson kick)

C--Dre Dorton 9 pass from Zamora (Mitz kick)

C--Clifton Lozano 3 run (Mitz kick)

C--Lozano 1 run (Mitz kick)

P--Murillo 57 run (kick blocked)

Individual statistics

RUSHING--P, Murillo 18-219, Kwame Tate 2-4, Brady Ritala 8-18, Miguel Torres 5-18, T.J. Faamausili 3-6, Eric Orange 1-(minus 2). C, Clifton Lozano 29-179, Zamora 2-(minus 8).

PASSING--P, Ritala 5-13-0-33. C, Zamora 5-12-0-131.

RECEIVING--P, Casey Slack 1-9, Isaiah Sprinkle 1-5, Spencer Calveard 2-14, Roger Ingram Jr. 1-5. C, Christian Penny 2-25, Bell 1-72, Dorton 1-9, T.J. Avery 1-25.

FIRST DOWNS--P 9, C 10. FUMBLES-LOST--P 1-0, C 0-0. PENALTIES--P 6-55, C 5-50.

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