The Kamiakin football team wasted little time getting to business in the Class 3A state playoffs Saturday.
The Braves scored on their first three possessions en route to a 45-0 rout of visiting Gig Harbor at Lampson Stadium.
The first-round victory sends Kamiakin into the quarterfinals next weekend against Bonney Lake, a 24-7 winner over Squalicum on Friday.
That quarterfinal is set to be played in the Tri-Cities.
The Braves will worry about that on Monday. For now, they’d like to savor Saturday’s win.
Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin was hard-pressed to think of anything they Braves did wrong against the Tides.
Then he smiled.
“Well, there were those two picks that Zach threw into the end zone,” Biglin said.
He was referring to Kamiakin quarterback Zach Borisch, who otherwise ran the Braves offense to perfection.
“They have a good defense,” Borisch said. “Now that we’re in the playoffs, all teams are good. We just had to take care of business.”
That meant getting off to a good start.
“Coach always says ‘gas to the pedal until we get to 40 or more points,” said Borisch. “So we wanted to start fast, and finish faster. Our offense is always thinking tempo, tempo, tempo.”
So on the first three Kamiakin possessions:
▪ Borisch hit a wide-open Champ Grayson for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
▪ Running back Jethro Questad rushed for a 13-yard score.
▪ And Benson Smith dived in for a 1-yard TD, set up by a 44-yard Borisch-to-Grayson pass.
Grayson was again uncovered.
“They were covering Darreon (Moore),” said Borisch. “So he would shoot to the middle, and their corner went with him. No one was on Grayson.”
This all happened in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, perhaps more impressive was the Kamiakin defense. The Braves would surrender just three first downs to Gig Harbor all day.
The defense spent the entire game blitzing and fake-blitzing, giving the Tides offense fits all day.
“During pre-game, we watched who their quarterbacks were,” said linebacker Dillon Crawford, who led the Braves with seven tackles (three for loss), one hurry and a fumble recovery. “Two of them we knew ran a lot, while the other guy was a passer. Depending on the opponent, we do a lot of blitzing.”
“Our defense is fun to watch,” admitted Biglin. “I’m glad I don't have to play against them.”
Gig Harbor never made it into Kamiakin territory in the first half. And by the time it did, the game was over.
When Borisch scored his second TD on a 2-yard run just before halftime, Kamiakin led 42-0 — activating the running clock.
Borisch finished with 194 yards passing and another 51 yards rushing. Questad rushed 22 times for 105 yards.
Grayson caught five passes for 88 yards.
Defensively, defensive lineman Christian Ramos had three tackles for the Braves, including one for a loss and another as a quarterback sack.
Mack Ditter led Gig Harbor with 11 tackles and a pass breakup.
K – Champ Grayson 19 pass from Zach Borisch (Garrett Paxton kick)
K – Jethro Questad 13 run (Paxton kick)
K – Benson Smith 1 run (Paxton kick)
K – Questad 1 run (Paxton kick)
K – Borisch 6 run (Paxton kick)
K – Borisch 2 run (Paxton kick)
K – FG 37 Paxton
RUSHING — GH, Martin Brazier 17-53, Ryan King 1-minus 2, Nick Yockey, 2-minus 2, Mark Kimble 1-minus 6, Shawn Kimble 2-minus 12, Ryan Flood 3-minus 15. K, Questad 22-105, Borisch 6-51, Talmage Jacobson 5-30, Tyler Gourley 4-20, George Ramirez 5-14, Josh Tano 3-9, Payton Flynn 1-2, Smith 1-1, Darreon Moore 1-minus 5.
PASSING — GH, Yockey 2-12-1-10. K, Borisch 10-17-2-194ba, Flynn 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING — GH, Kimble 1-6, Kellen Gregory 1-4. K, Grayson 5-88, Alex Bayuk 1-55, Smith 2-22, Moore 1-17, Nate Heiden 1-12.
FIRST DOWNS — GH 3, K 20. PENALTIES-YARDS — GH 4-37, K 6-57. FUMBLES-LOST — GH 4-3, K 0-0..