Pasco High football coach Dustin Lamb refused to be discouraged by his team's 46-14 drubbing at the hands of Kamiakin at Edgar Brown Stadium on Friday night.
Sure, his team fell behind 46-0, but the youthful Bulldogs scored the last 14 points of the game and gave the Pasco faithful an inkling of what the future may hold.
It's been real hard, real tough with this young team, a surprisingly upbeat Lamb said. But they kept fighting. This was a life lesson.
Kamiakin ripped off 34 straight points in the first half, the result of the devastating running of Umid Ramizov the fact the Braves were playing on a short field for most of the first two quarters.
Ramizov rushed for 137 yards on 20 carries in the first half and scored the games first four touchdowns on runs of 1, 22, 22, and 8 yards.
Kamiakin's fifth first half touchdown came on a 3-yard pass from Kyle Robertson to Sterling Farrah with just 3:37 left in the second quarter.
Robertson was an efficient 4-for7 passing good for 90 yards in the first half, including a 42-yarder to Austin Gutierrez on the third play of the game that set up Ramizov's first touchdown.
Kamiakin's first half totals might have been more impressive if the Braves hadn't been working with a short field throughout most of the first half.
The Braves' longest scoring drive was its first, starting at their own 41 after the opening kickoff.
Kamiakin's four subsequent scoring drives all began on the Pasco side the field, at the 42, the 36, the 30, and the 6, the later after a 44-yard punt return by freshman Darreon Moore.
Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin replaced Robertson with sophomore Tyson Patton in the second half and Ramizov with several others.
Once we got up on them, we decided to play Patten the entire second half, Biglin said. Kyle was a little banged up after last week.
The Braves final two scores came on a 12-yard run by Justin Larsen with 3:43 left in the third quarter and a 19-yard pass from Patten to Isiah Rimer with 6:48 left in the game.
Then Pasco finally got untracked.
Brady Ritala took the kickoff following Rimer's touchdown at the 14, broke two tackles at the 25, made a nifty move at midfield and outran his Kamiakin pursuers for an 86 yard touchdown run.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Pasco defense forced the Braves into a three and out, and short punt set the Bulldogs up at the Kamiakin 44.
Six plays later, sophomore quarterback Kynen Tate hit Spencer Calveard with a 19-yard scoring pass with 13.6 seconds left in the game.
We keep hoping they'll get over that hump, Lamb said. To starting believing they can compete. This might be something we can build on.
The Braves finished with an impressive 331 yards of total offense, including 214 on the ground.
Kamiakin 20 14 6 6 46
Pasco 0 0 6 6 14
KUmid Ramizov 1 run (Conner Shymanski kick)
KRamizov 22 run (Shymanski kick)
KRamizov 13 run (kick failed)
KRamizov 8 run (Shymanski kick)
KSterling Farrah 3 pass from Kylle Robertson (Shymanski kick)
KJustin Larson 12 run (kick failed)
KIsiah Rimer 19 pass from Tyson Patten (kick failed)
PBrady Ritala 86 kickoff return (Ryan Gibson kick)
PSpencer Calveard 25 pass from Kynen Tate (Gibson kick)
RUSHINGK, Ramizov 20-137, Michael Jones 3-50, Justin Larsen 4-39, Patrick Hayen 4-14, Robertson 1-minus 7, Tyson Patten 3-minus 14. P, Roger Ingram Jr. 7-15, TJ Faamausili 4-6, Langston Khuong 1-minus 1, Cole Kelley 3-minus 4, Kynen Tate 1-minus 9, Kolby Killoy 10-minus 40.
PASSINGK, Robertson 4-7-0-90, Patten 2-4-0-27. P, Killoy 8-21-0-74, Tate 1-2-0-25.
RECEIVINGK, Austin Gutierrez 1-42, Ramizov 1-30, Hunter Shauers 1-15, Farrah 1-3. P, Ingram 4-33, Calveard 1-25, Kendall Lee 1-21, Faamausili 3-20.
FIRST DOWNSK 12, P 6. FUMBLES-LOSTK 3-3, P 1-0. PENALTIES-YARDSK 8-99, P 9-90.