Football: Week 7 Mid-Columbia Conference preview capsules

October 17, 2013 

Kamiakin Braves at Pasco Bulldogs

7 p.m. Friday, Edgar Brown Stadium

Records: Kamiakin 2-2, 4-2; Pasco 0-4, 0-6

Last week: Chiawana 40, Kamiakin 28; Walla Walla 48, Pasco 0

Players to watch: Kamiakin, RB Umid Ramizov, sr. (125-760, 10 TD); WR Austin Gutierrez, jr. (26-497, 6 TD). Pasco, QB Kolby Killoy, soph. (44-92-5—460, 3 TD); WR Roger Ingram Jr., jr. (26-278, 2 TD).

Last season: Kamiakin 35, Pasco 30

Notes: The Braves are coming off back-to-back tough losses to Richland and Chiawana and can expect to get healthy tonight against an overmatched Bulldogs team. ... Kamiakin jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Chiawana last week, but couldn’t sustain the early momentum. ... Pasco has now lost 16 consecutive games and will be hard-pressed to end that slide tonight. Kamiakin is one of the best teams in the league and features a passing attack like the Bulldogs haven’t seen this season.

Prediction: Kamiakin 40, Pasco 6

Walla Walla Blue Devils at Southridge Suns

7 p.m. Friday, Lampson Stadium

Records: Walla Walla 3-1, 4-2; Southridge 2-2, 4-2

Last week: Walla Walla 48, Pasco 0; Southridge 38, Hermiston 31

Players to watch: Walla Walla, WR Mitchell Huffman, jr. (24-208, 1 TD); WR Darnell Handcox, sr. (23-288, 4 TD). Southridge, RB Kadin Diaz, sr. (124-702, 10 TD); QB Jair Ealy-Thomas, jr. (56-126-4—887, 7 TD).

Last season: Southridge 20, Walla Walla 14

Radio: KONA 610 AM, ESPN 1420 AM

Notes: For the Blue Devils to remain in the postseason hunt they have to win out and that starts with a big road game tonight. ... Walla Walla offers a physical front that could give Southridge some problems. ... The Suns played one of their best offensive games of the season last week, rallying past Hermiston on the road.

Prediction: Walla Walla 21, Southridge 20

Kennewick Lions at Hanford Falcons

7 p.m. Friday, Fran Rish Stadium

Records: Kennewick 0-4, 1-5; Hanford 1-3, 2-4

Last week: Richland 56, Kennewick 14; Post Falls 37, Hanford 6

Players to watch: Kennewick, RB Dwight Norwood, jr. (86-338, 0 TD); P Anthony Arroyo, jr. (28-917, 32.8 avg). Hanford, WR Tyler Cowen, sr. (21-541, 5 TD); RB Malik Slack, sr. (63-314, 5 TD).

Last season: Kennewick 20, Hanford 7

Notes: The Lions used a new quarterback last week, as Matthew Driver was 19-of-35 for 176 yards and two touchdowns. It is a ray of light for Kennewick, which has struggled offensively this season. ... The winner of this game will have the inside track for the No. 3 seed into the crossover games with the Greater Spokane League. The Mid-Col gets three Class 3A teams into the postseason.

Prediction: Hanford 21, Kennewick 7

Chiawana Riverhawks at Lake City Timberwolves

7 p.m. Friday, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Records: Chiawana 6-0, Lake City 4-3

Last week: Chiawana 40, Kamiakin 28; Lake City 70, Sandpoint 30.

Players to watch: Chiawana, RB Austin Urlacher, jr. (31-313, 6 TD); QB Joey Zamora, sr. (69-116-2—1,215, 12 TD).

Last season: Chiawana 22, Lake City 16

Notes: The Riverhawks trailed for the first time this season last week, but big plays helped erase the early 14-0 deficit. ... Chiawana struggled to score points in the second half, though, and will want to put together a more complete game tonight against the perennial powers from Northern Idaho. ... The Timberwolves beat Kennewick 42-10 earlier this season.

Prediction: Chiawana 35, Lake City 21

Richland Bombers at Post Falls Trojans

7 p.m. Friday, Post Falls High

Records: Richland 5-1, Post Falls 4-3

Last week: Richland 56, Kennewick 14; Post Falls 37, Hanford 6

Players to watch: Richland, WR Garrett March, sr. (22-313, 2 TD); RB Anthony Galat, sr. (77-452, 8 TD). Post Falls, QB Joey Pfennigs, sr.; RB/LB Seth McLeod, jr.; OL/DL Alex Gibson, sr.

Last season: Richland 20, Post Falls 14

Notes: The Bombers are playing some of their best ball of the season, led by the strong play by quarterback Zach Whitby. ... This will be one of the best teams Richland has faced this season and the Bombers are hoping for a strong result before heading back into league play. ... Pfennigs had a monster night against Hanford, throwing for 210 and three touchdowns and running for 104 yards and a score.

Prediction: Richland 23, Post Falls 20

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