Kamiakin made a mistake on the first play of the game. After that, there wasn’t much the Braves could do wrong.
Kamiakin shook off an early defensive miscue and rolled to a 56-16 win over Evergreen of Vancouver in a crossover playoff game Saturday afternoon at Lampson Stadium. Zach Borisch clicked on 12 of 16 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns, finding Champ Grayson and Darreon Moore for two touchdowns each.
“We got off to a little bit of a slow start,” Grayson said. “We might have taken them a little lightly at the beginning because of their 2-7 record. After the first quarter, we came back and played better.”
The Braves (8-2) advance to the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs next weekend. The time and opponent have not been determined. Evergreen, which won a playoff tie-breaker to get to Saturday, finishes its season at 2-8.
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The Braves defense got hit with a big play on the first snap of the game as the underdog Plainsmen took a quick 7-0 lead.
“We had a blown coverage,” Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said. “We fixed that and played really well after that.”
Kamiakin needed just two plays for the response as Grayson broke free for a 47-yard touchdown catch-and-run, part of a five-catch, 122-yard night for the junior receiver. Moore added three catches for 121 yards.
“We have so many weapons on offense, we started to get things this rolling,” Biglin said.
Jethro Questad was another cog in the in the offensive explosion, rushing 13 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
“Our offense can do so many things,” Grayson said. “Zach does a great job of running and spreading the ball around.”
The Braves pulled away late in the first half to take a 35-10 lead at the break. Moore capped the big offensive half with a 33-yard touchdown on a bubble screen.
Kamiakin scored on five of six first-half possessions.
“We were a little slow to start,” Biglin said. “Our body language was not what is should be. We had some seniors step up, and we started playing better.”
The Braves continued to distance themselves early in the third quarter, taking the opening drive 52 yards for a score. Benson Smith capped the drive with a 1-yard run up the middle.
After Evergreen scored its second touchdown to cut the margin to 42-16, the Braves scored on a touchdown run by Questad and another catch by Moore as the lead ballooned to 56-16.
“We know we have to come out and play every game,” Biglin said. “It’s at that point of the season where you have to come ready to play.”
E—Antoine Archer pass from Payton Monda (Killian Burris kick)
K—Champ Grayson 47 pass from Zach Borisch (Garrett Paxton kick)
K—Jethro Questad 13 run (Paxton kick)
K—Grayson 32 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)
E—FG Burris 27
K—Isaiah Brimmer 32 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)
K—Darreon Moore 33 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)
K—Benson Smith 6 run (Paxton kick)
E—Dustin Nettles 13 pass from Monda (Burris kick)
K—Questad 2 run (Paxton kick)
K—Moore 69 pass from Borisch (Paxton kick)
RUSHING — E, Jevauhn Hampton 22-117, Tre Ratcliff 3-13. K, Questad 13-118, Borisch 5-31, Smith 3-15.
PASSING — E, Monda 11-28-1-XXX. K, Borisch 12-16-0-287, Questad 1-1-0-16, Payton Flynn 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING — E, Nettles 5-45, Sheaven Rhodes 1-17, Ratcliff 2-7. K, Grayson 5-122, Moore 3-121, Brimmer 2-42,