Chiawana defensive lineman Mark DeRuyter has been working on his speed rushing.
After Friday nights blitzing of Kennewick, it looked like the entire Riverhawks team has been working on getting faster.
DeRuyter scored on a fumble recovery on the third play of the game and helped lead Chiawana to a 48-0 pounding of Kennewick on Friday night at Lampson Stadium in Mid-Columbia Conference action.
We were just trying to come out strong and just get a good start, he said. I was just lucky I came off the edge fast. Im proud of my progress (speed-wise), but I have room for improvement.
And the scary thing for their MCC neighbors is the Riverhawks also have room to get better.
They have outscored opponents 91-7 in two games this season and certainly look like the best team in the conference.
Theres always room for progress, DeRuyter said. We are looking to get to the playoffs.
Considering all the weapons Chiawana features, a playoff berth looks like a near certainty.
From a stifling defense to the strong arm of quarterback Joey Zamora to the deep receiving corps featuring Deion Singleton and Dre Dorton to the running attack of Clifton Lozano, the Riverhawks are deep and balanced.
From the outset, Chiawana showed this wouldnt be much of a game. Austin Arndt recorded one of his three sacks on the second play, sticking Dylan Tennancour for a 10-yard loss.
On the next play, DeRuyter came off the edge and seemed to surprise Tennancour. The big fella stripped the ball, picked it up and scored from 9 yards out less than 90 seconds into the game.
It didnt get any better for Kennewick, which fumbled four times in the first three minutes.
After Lozano recovered the latest Kennewick fumble, Dorton caught a touchdown pass on a play-action fade on fourth down for a 13-0 lead midway through the first.
Chiawana couldve added another score, but Zamora fumbled the snap at the 1.
The Lions were forced to punt, and Chiawana quickly lit the scoreboard up again as Zamora found Cortez Ruiz on a curl route on the right sideline. A Kennewick defender fell down and Ruiz took it to the house for a 55-yard touchdown.
Two plays later, backup quarterback Josh Kutzke was intercepted by Dorton. Kutzke was in the game because Tennancour had the wind knocked out of him the previous play.
Lozano scored his lone touchdown on a 5-yard cutback, and the Riverhawks led 25-0 halfway through the second.
Chiawana didnt let up in the second half, as Singleton scored his first touchdown and made his first big-time play for his new team.
The Florida transfer caught a pass on a curl route near the 35, broke three tackles, cut back across the field and scored from 75 yards out for a 32-0 lead.
It is the kind of play Chiawana fans have been expecting since Singleton joined the squad. He has reportedly received scholarship offers from LSU and TCU, as well as interest from other major NCAA Division I schools in the Southeast.
Chiawana capped its scoring with a safety sack by Logan Ellsworth, a 19-yard run by Nate Murrillo and a 5-yard run by Ernie Sanchez.
The night turned, though, on the speed of DeRuyter and his Chiawana teammates who have the look of a state title contender.
The defense forced five turnovers, recorded six sacks and held Kennewick to just 100 yards of total offense and five first downs.
Im really proud of some guys who stepped up, DeRuyter said. Austin Arndt, Juan Noyola and (others).
Lozano finished with 105 yards on 18 carries with the lone touchdown. Zamora was 12-for-20 for 234 yards and three touchdowns, while Singleton had three catches for 117 yards.
Zamora completed his 12 passes to eight different receivers.
Tennancour finished 7-of-11 for 97 yards and an interception. Dwight Norwood had 16 yards rushing on six carries.
Chiawana 13 12 9 14 48
Kennewick 0 0 0 0 0
ChiawanaMark DeRuyter 9 fumble return (Logan Ellsworth kick), 10:34
ChiawanaDre Dorton 4 pass from Joey Zamora (kick failed), 5:45
ChiawanaCortez Ruiz 55 pass from Zamora (kick failed), 8:23
ChiawanaClifton Lozano 5 run (run failed), 6:28
ChiawanaDeion Singleton 75 pass from Zamora (Ellsworth kick), 10:11
ChiawanaEllsworth safety, 3:31
ChiawanaNate Murrillo 19 run (Ellsworth kick), 10:52
ChiawanaErnie Sanchez 5 run (Ellsworth kick), 2:33
RUSHINGChiawana, Lozano 18-105, Murrillo 6-38, Alex Weber 2-13, Sanchez 1-5, Ellsworth 1-(-10), Zamora 5-(-17). Kennewick, Dwight Norwood 6-16, Raymond Gutierrez 3-13, Cody Albertin 6-(-1), Alex Ruby 1-(-1), Michael Vallier 1-(-3), Dylan Tennancour 11-(-21).
PASSINGChiawana, Zamora 12-20-0234, Ellsworth 1-1-028. Kennewick, Tennancour 7-11-197, Josh Kutzke 0-1-10.
RECEIVINGChiawana, Singleton 3-117, Blake Bishop 3-29, Josh Wilson 2-27, Ruiz 1-55, Lozano 1-15, Dillon Coonrad 1-12, Dorton 1-4, Grady Graff 1-3. Kennewick, Andrew Townsend 2-10, Martin Altahir 1-55, Mark Driver 1-28, Levi Scantlin 1-2, Ruby 1-1, Albertin 1-1.
INTERCEPTIONSChiawana, Dorton 1-18, Singleton 1-27.
FUMBLE RECOVERIESChiawana, DeRuyter 1-9, Lozano 1-0, Mac Graff 1-0. Kennewick, Josh Kutzke 1-1.
SACKSChiawana, Austin Arndt 3-27, Juan Noyola 1-2, Ellsworth 1-2, DeRuyter 1-6. KennewickRobby Calvert 2-11, Driver 1-10.
KICKOFF RETURNSChiawana, Dorton 1-18. Kennewick, Gutierrez 6-123, Norwood 1-10.
PUNT RETURNSChiawana, Bishop 2-16. Kennewick, Gutierrez 1-4.
FIRST DOWNSC 17, K 5. FUMBLES-LOSTC 2-1, K 6-3. PENALTIES-YARDSC 6-59, K 4-28. PUNTS-AVG.C 2-40, K 4-40.7