Alex Chapman, sr., Richland football
The Bombers’ standout receiver and defensive back got off to a big start in Week 1, leading Richland to a 38-27 win over No. 2 Skyline on Sept. 2.
Offensively, Chapman caught eight passes for 193 yards, including touchdowns of 76 and 36 yards from quarterback Paxton Stevens.
On the defensive side, Chapman picked off a pass, one of six turnovers the Bombers forced in the second half.
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The victory vaulted Richland to the top spot in the Associated Press Class 4A state poll, and it earned coach Mike Neidhold the Seattle Seahawks High School Coach of the Week honors along with Royals’ Wiley Allred.
Editor’s note: The Tri-Cities Athlete of the Week will regularly run each Thursday.