Football: Wa-Hi tops Kennewick 28-0

October 4, 2013 

WALLA WALLA — Turns out that the statistical basement of the Mid Columbia Conference isn’t rock bottom, a harsh truth that will test the mettle of the Kennewick football team as its season plods onward.

The Lions lost senior quarterback and defensive back Dylan Tennancour to a neck injury midway through the second quarter of a 28-0 loss to Walla Walla Friday at Borleske Stadium. Already last in the conference in total offense, Kennewick (1-4, 0-3 in league) now faces a gauntlet of must-win games with the status of its aerial catalyst in question.

Tennancour, who threw five touchdown passes in last week’s victory over Sunnyside, was taken off the field on a stretcher and whisked to a local hospital for “precautionary reasons,” Kennewick athletic director Ronny Coleman said at halftime.

Coleman said Tennancour had movement in all extremities.

His teammates have Tennancour’s back.

“I’m going to have to keep pushing,” said Lions junior running back Dwight Norwood, who gutted out 113 yards rushing on 27 carries against a Blue Devils defense keying on his every juke. “Our second-string quarterback (Josh Kutzke) has gotta keep pushing. We just have to keep working hard.”

Tennancour’s injury occured during one of three explosive Walla Walla scoring plays which helped put the hosts in control in the first half. Blue Devils running back Noah Porter took a draw handoff and was sandwiched in the backfield by simultaneous hits from Tennencour and Dillon Plew, squirting free and then bolting through the Kennewick secondary for a 78-yard touchdown. That gave Walla Walla a 14-0 lead with 5:53 left in the half.

Both Plew and Tennancour remained prone on the field following the pile-up, but Plew soon popped up and walked off the field on his own.

One series earlier, Blue Devils quarterback Zach Zehner had dropped back and jettisoned the ball just as the Kennewick blitz — relentless all night — consumed him in the pocket.

His screen pass found Stuart Gillin behind a cavalcade of blockers. That escort allowed the speedy senior unfettered access to the end zone, 74 yards away.

A third lightning strike at the 3:57 mark — Zehner hitting Gerardo Gomez galloping down the seam for a 31-yard, in-stride touchdown pass — followed the second of three Kutzke interceptions.

Wa-Hi’s Trever Coronado blocked a punt to set up his squad’s final touchdown, a four-yard run by Willie Hayes in the third quarter.

The turnover bug which plagued Kennewick in its first two games, when it coughed the ball up nine times, was a nag again on Friday. The Lions lost a fumble and had four interceptions. Blue Devil Darnell Handcox had three picks, giving him five this season and making him the top thief in the conference through Week 5.

Those miscues and a lack of cohesion or variety on offense offset some inspired play by the Kennewick defense, especially its defensive line.

“Our linemen are working good,” Norwood said. “Our defense was a positive.”

Senior Robby Calvert had three tackles-for-losses for the Lions.

Porter rushed for 108 yards on just 14 carries for the surging Blue Devils (3-2, 2-1), who won their third consecutive game. Zehner was 11-of-25 for 162 yards and was intercepted twice, once by Martin Alhair and once by Raymond Gutierrez.

Kennewick hosts Richland Oct. 11 and Walla Walla entertains Pasco.

Kennewick 0 0 0 0 — 0

Walla Walla 0 21 7 0 — 28

SCORING PLAYS

WW — Stuart Gillin 74 pass from Zach Zehner (Ethan Gardner kick) 8:48 2Q

WW — Noah Porter 78 run (Gardner kick), 5:53 2Q

WW — Gerardo Gomez 31 pass from Zehner (Gardner kick), 2:56 2Q

WW — Willie Hayes 4 run (Gardner kick), 6:29 3Q

Individual statistics

Rushing — K: Dwight Norwood 27-113, Josh Kutzke 3-(-9), Matthew Driver 1-(-7); WW: Noah Porter 14-108, Stuart Gillin 1-2, Zach Zehner 7-2, Willie Hayes 6-28, Trever Coronado 2-1, A.J. Crump 1-2, J.C. Wicklund 2-(-4).

Receiving — K: Alex Ruby 2-7, Mark Driver 4-55, Norwood 2-13, Cody Albertin 2-4, Dillon Plew 2-21; WW: Darnell Handcox 1-2, Gerardo Gomez 1-31, Gillin 2-90, Porter 1-(-9), Mitchell Huffman 4-32, Forrest Swant 1-5.

Passing — K: Dylan Tennancour 4-of-9, 14 yards, 1 INT; Josh Kutzke 5-of-13, 44 yards, 3 INT; Matthew Driver 2-of-6, 30 yards. WW: Zehner 11-of-25, 162 yards, 2 INT, 2 TDs. WALLA WALLA — Turns out that the statistical basement of the Mid Columbia Conference isn’t rock bottom, a harsh truth that will test the mettle of the Kennewick football team as its season plods onward.

The Lions lost senior quarterback and defensive back Dylan Tennancour to a neck injury midway through the second quarter of a 28-0 loss to Walla Walla Friday at Borleske Stadium. Already last in the conference in total offense, Kennewick (1-4, 0-3 in league) now faces a gauntlet of must-win games with the status of its aerial catalyst in question.

Tennancour, who threw five touchdown passes in last week’s victory over Sunnyside, was taken off the field on a stretcher and whisked to a local hospital for “precautionary reasons,” Kennewick athletic director Ronny Coleman said at halftime.

Coleman said Tennancour had movement in all extremities.

His teammates have Tennancour’s back.

“I’m going to have to keep pushing,” said Lions junior running back Dwight Norwood, who gutted out 113 yards rushing on 27 carries against a Blue Devils defense keying on his every juke. “Our second-string quarterback (Josh Kutzke) has gotta keep pushing. We just have to keep working hard.”

Tennancour’s injury occured during one of three explosive Walla Walla scoring plays which helped put the hosts in control in the first half. Blue Devils running back Noah Porter took a draw handoff and was sandwiched in the backfield by simultaneous hits from Tennencour and Dillon Plew, squirting free and then bolting through the Kennewick secondary for a 78-yard touchdown. That gave Walla Walla a 14-0 lead with 5:53 left in the half.

Both Plew and Tennancour remained prone on the field following the pile-up, but Plew soon popped up and walked off the field on his own.

One series earlier, Blue Devils quarterback Zach Zehner had dropped back and jettisoned the ball just as the Kennewick blitz — relentless all night — consumed him in the pocket.

His screen pass found Stuart Gillin behind a cavalcade of blockers. That escort allowed the speedy senior unfettered access to the end zone, 74 yards away.

A third lightning strike at the 3:57 mark — Zehner hitting Gerardo Gomez galloping down the seam for a 31-yard, in-stride touchdown pass — followed the second of three Kutzke interceptions.

Wa-Hi’s Trever Coronado blocked a punt to set up his squad’s final touchdown, a four-yard run by Willie Hayes in the third quarter.

The turnover bug which plagued Kennewick in its first two games, when it coughed the ball up nine times, was a nag again on Friday. The Lions lost a fumble and had four interceptions. Blue Devil Darnell Handcox had three picks, giving him five this season and making him the top thief in the conference through Week 5.

Those miscues and a lack of cohesion or variety on offense offset some inspired play by the Kennewick defense, especially its defensive line.

“Our linemen are working good,” Norwood said. “Our defense was a positive.”

Senior Robby Calvert had three tackles-for-losses for the Lions.

Porter rushed for 108 yards on just 14 carries for the surging Blue Devils (3-2, 2-1), who won their third consecutive game. Zehner was 11-of-25 for 162 yards and was intercepted twice, once by Martin Alhair and once by Raymond Gutierrez.

Kennewick hosts Richland Oct. 11 and Walla Walla entertains Pasco.

Kennewick 0 0 0 0 — 0

Walla Walla 0 21 7 0 — 28

SCORING PLAYS

WW — Stuart Gillin 74 pass from Zach Zehner (Ethan Gardner kick) 8:48 2Q

WW — Noah Porter 78 run (Gardner kick), 5:53 2Q

WW — Gerardo Gomez 31 pass from Zehner (Gardner kick), 2:56 2Q

WW — Willie Hayes 4 run (Gardner kick), 6:29 3Q

Individual statistics

Rushing — K: Dwight Norwood 27-113, Josh Kutzke 3-(-9), Matthew Driver 1-(-7); WW: Noah Porter 14-108, Stuart Gillin 1-2, Zach Zehner 7-2, Willie Hayes 6-28, Trever Coronado 2-1, A.J. Crump 1-2, J.C. Wicklund 2-(-4).

Receiving — K: Alex Ruby 2-7, Mark Driver 4-55, Norwood 2-13, Cody Albertin 2-4, Dillon Plew 2-21; WW: Darnell Handcox 1-2, Gerardo Gomez 1-31, Gillin 2-90, Porter 1-(-9), Mitchell Huffman 4-32, Forrest Swant 1-5.

Passing — K: Dylan Tennancour 4-of-9, 14 yards, 1 INT; Josh Kutzke 5-of-13, 44 yards, 3 INT; Matthew Driver 2-of-6, 30 yards. WW: Zehner 11-of-25, 162 yards, 2 INT, 2 TDs.

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