KENNEWICK, Wash. — For the first 17 plays of the game Friday, it certainly looked like the vaunted Shadle Park offense would have its way with Kennewick.
Once the Lions figured out the flow of the Highlanders no-huddle offense and started getting pressure, the game turned quickly. Kennewick used a bend-but-dont-break defense and a monster game from running back Devven Ramos to defeat Shadle Park 38-20 in a Class 3A regional playoff game at Lampson Stadium.
We found our rhythm, Kennewick safety Bodie Simpson said. We wanted to stop their big, explosive plays. We knew they would get some big plays, but we wanted to limit them.
The Lions did just that, sacking Shadle Park quarterback Brett Rypien four times and intercepting him once. Rypien still threw for a whopping 410 yards, but the Highlanders struggled to put points on the board.
They were definitely bringing a lot of pressure, Rypien said. You could tell after the first drive that we were a little rattled. We werent playing in our rhythm.
Shadle Park turned the ball over on downs five times, including once when the Highlanders had first-and-goal at the 4.
A big part of that was the strong play of the defensive line for Kennewick, which did just enough to keep Rypien off balance.
Once we got the tempo, we buckled down and got to our spots, Ramos said of the defense. Once we hit the quarterback a few times, he got rattled. The intensity of our defense and the quickness of our defense got to them.
When we are all clicking, we are flowing.
The Lions offense also got to the Highlanders, as Ramos had a monster night rushing for 208 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass on a halfback pass, and scored three two-point conversions.
To top it off, he added a sack of Rypien on defense.
Every week he is putting it down when he is in the game, Simpson said of Ramos. No one seems to be able to tackle him.
That was never more evident than in the third quarter when he scored on a 63-yard run to give Kennewick an important answer-back touchdown.
Shadle Park had just scored on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Rypien to Skyler Kelley to pull the Highlanders within 30-20 with 2:22 left in the third quarter.
On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Ramos went over the left tackle, breaking tackles down the left sideline, eventually spinning away from two more defenders and stiff-arming the last man to beat for a 63-yard touchdown.
The score seemed to take the air out of the Shadle Park sideline.
I just do what I do, he said. Whatever I can do to help the team win.
He added touchdown runs of 3 and 9 yards, and threw the 31-yard touchdown pass to Kaden Julian.
That trick play came on fourth-and-1. He took a pitch from a Dylan Tennancour, rolled right and threw a nice ball to a wide-open Julian.
Its a play the team has been working on, and it worked to perfection.
Much like pretty much everything Friday.
Tennancour was an efficient 14-of-16 for 163 yards, and also scored on a 1-yard run. He added an interception on defense, while Simpson had nine receptions for 147 yards as he consistently abused the Shadle Park defense with his speed off the edge.
We are happy with the win, Ramos said, but were looking forward to next week.
Shadle Park 7 0 13 0 20
Kennewick 6 16 16 0 38
SPCameron Babcock 1 run (Cameron Evans kick), 6:32
KennewickDylan Tennancour 1 run (pass failed), :35
KennewickKaden Julian 31 pass from Devven Ramos (Ben Rutledge pass from Tennancour), 3:51
KennewickRamos 3 run (Julian pass from Tennancour), :04
SPAlvin Welch 59 pass from Brett Rypien (Evans kick), 7:30
KennewickRamos 9 run (Ramos run), 5:14
SPSkyler Kelley 53 pass from Rypien (pass failed), 2:22
KennewickRamos 63 run (Ramos run), 2:06
RUSHINGShadle Park, Rypien 9-(-9), Babcok 7-21, Stanley Renz 2-23, Alvin Welch 1-(-3). Kennewick, Ramos 22-208, Gabe Rivera 10-34, Tennancour 5-13, Jeremiah Sprague 1-0, Bodie Simpson 3-(-2).
PASSINGShadle Park, Rypien 33-52-1410. Kennewick, Tennancour, 14-16-0163, Ramos 1-1-031.
RECEIVINGShadle Park, Welch 8-133, Kelley 7-105, Tanner Pauly 7-76, Nick Kiourkas 6-82, Babcock 5-16. Kennewick, Simpson 9-147, Jesse Salazar 2-2, Julian 1-31, Ramos 1-7, Martin Altahir 1-4.
SACKSShadle Park, none. Kennewick, Todd Pink 1-11, Alex Rivera 1-7, Ramos 1-5, Preston VanWinkle 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONSShadle Park, none. Kennewick, Tennancour 1-0.
FIRST DOWNSSP 22, K 15. FUMBLES-LOSTSP 1-0, K 3-0. PENALTIES-YARDSSP 6-55, K 8-80.