Robertson leads Kamiakin rout of Southridge

By Jack Millikin, Herald staff writerSeptember 27, 2013 

As a quarterback in a spread offense, Kamiakin senior Kylle Robertson doesn’t neccesarily have one favorite passing route.

At times, he can hold any one of several routes close to his heart.

“I have a favorite route for every coverage,” Robertson said.

One route in particular stood out during the Braves’ 42-21 Mid-Columbia Conference win over Southridge.

“Tonight they let our curls in the middle of that cover 4 zone, so tonight my favorite was definitely the curl,” Robertson said after burning the Suns for 388 yards on 17 completions.

Only two of Robertson’s 17 connections went for less than double-digit yardage, as Kamiakin receivers found seams everywhere in the Southridge secondary.

Austin Gutierrez caught just four passes, but they went for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Larsen, the teams top returning receiver, caught nine passes for 169 yards.

“All of our guys are really good athletes. They stay after practice to work on routes and their hands,” Robertson said. “It shows when an array of receivers catch the ball instead of just one guy.”

It took Robertson a while to warm up. He missed on six of his first eight attempts as the Braves came up short on their first three drives of the night. Robertson capped a 10-play drive with a 6-yard TD pass to Gutierrez to start the second quarter for the game’s first score.

The Suns, who were looking for their first win over Kamiakin since 2009, then came back the other way thanks to a 53-yard pass play from Jair Ealy-Thomas to Clay Gonzales, which set up a 20-yard scoring run by Kadin Diaz two plays later. That tied the score at 7.

The Braves pulled ahead 14-7 just before the end of the first half as Larsen caught three passes for 40 yards during a six-play drive that Robertson capped with a 1-yard sneak.

Kamiakin would pull away in the second half, scoring 21 points in the third quarter. Justin Larsen stepped in front of an out route on the Suns’ first drive of the second half, intercepting a pass and returning it 27 yards to the Southridge 25. Umid Ramizov ran it in from there to make it 21-7 with 10:33 left in the quarter.

Ealy-Thomas cut the lead to 21-14, breaking free on a 45-yard naked bootleg to score for Southridge.

But Kamiakin pushed the lead again, Robertson found Gutierrez wide open down the right sideline and hit him for a 73-yard touchdown.

That made it 28-14 Braves.

“As soon as we went into our no-huddle offense, we found a good flow,” Robertson said. “(The win) means a lot to our seniors and our school. It’s about pride, man. When you beat your crosstown rival, it means a lot.”

Gutierrez caught one last TD pass late in the third quarter, and Ramizov added a 17-yard run in the fourth. Diaz, who is tied for the MCC scoring lead with six touchdowns, was a warrior for Southridge. He carried 16 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns, but he played the whole game on defense and put the Suns in good field position with several big kickoff returns.

Kamiakin 0 14 21 7 — 42
Southridge 0 7 7 7 — 21

SCORING PLAYS
K—Austin Gutierrez 6 pass from Kylle Robertson (Connor Shymasnki kick)
S—Kadin Diaz 20 run (Nate Newbry kick)
K—Robertson 1 run (Shymasnski kick)
K—Umid Ramizov 25 run (Shymanski kick)
S—Jair Ealy-Thomas 45 run (Newbry kick)
K—Gutierrez 73 pass from Robertson (Shymanski kick)
K—Gutierrez 24 pass from Robertson (Shymanski kick)
K—Ramizov 17 run (Shymanski kick)
S—Diaz 10 run (Newbry kick)

STATISTICS
RUSHING—K, Ramizov 20-134, Robertson 8-(minus 33), Justin Larsen 2-21, Shymanski 3-5. S, Diaz 16-70. PASSING—K, Robertson 17-35-1-388. S, Ealy-Thomas 5-14-1-109.
RECEIVING—K, Gutierrez 4-143, B.Larsen 9-169, Ramizov 2-29, Hunter Shauers 2-47. S, Bryce Overholt 3- 53, Clay Gonzales 1-53, Andrew Stayrook 1-3.
FIRST DOWNS—K 22, S 7. FUMBLES-LOST—K 0-0, S 0-0. PENALTIES-YARDS—K 6-50, S 1-5.

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