KENNEWICK -- Homecoming, senior night and a 29-point rout all rolled into one.
The Lamp rarely has shined brighter for Kennewick football.
Drew Loftus piled up 174 of the Lions' 328 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns while the defense kept West Valley's ground game under wraps in a 35-6 rout of the Rams on Friday night at Lampson Stadium.
"Everything worked," said two-way lineman Tyler Morfin, who also scored a touchdown la William "The Refrigerator" Perry with a one-yard plunge in the second quarter. "It was a great night, and the best part about it was that it was senior night.
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"There were a lot of distractions -- the halftime program, being on the field with your parents for introductions -- but we were all focus when it was time to play."
Kennewick (5-2, 3-2 CBBN 3A) kept pace with Southridge -- a 48-19 winner over Pasco -- for third place in the league with four playoff berths on the line in two weeks. The Lions and Suns meet next Friday.
Morfin and his linemates had no problems pushing around West Valley's defense, to the point where it didn't matter much who was carrying the ball. There was plenty of room -- and touches -- for everyone.
"We're getting better and better," Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said.
The Lions rumbled right down the field on their opening possession, moving 66 yards on six runs before finishing with a little razzle-dazzle as backup quarterback Bryce Leavitt took a reverse handoff from Loftus, then stopped and found Reggie Clinton running alone behind two West Valley defensive backs on a 22-yard scoring play.
Ivan Diaz recovered a fumble on West Valley's second play from scrimmage, and Kennewick was back on the field chugging away, this time moving 60 yards on eight runs before Loftus scored from a yard out.
The Lions gained 207 yards in that first quarter, all but the TD pass coming on the ground, and had as many first downs (10) as West Valley had yards.
"That took the heart out of them right there," Morfin said.
The Rams (1-6, 0-5) put together one scoring drive to start the second quarter, with league rushing leader Gerrick Andrews scoring from 2 yards out after Bo Voelker did most of the work.
But Grant Woods returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards down to the 1, and Morfin found the end zone on the next play.
Kennewick tacked on another score from Loftus to Bodie Simpson as the halftime siren sounded, set up by a recovered fumble on a punt.
Loftus proved too much for West Valley to handle, with or without the ball. He ended one scramble with a punishing hit on Rams linebacker Aaron Beck, sending him to the sideline for good. He also took off on a rugby-style punt and ran 68 yards down to the 9 to set up his second TD run and had one of three interceptions on WV's Max King -- Leavitt and Clinton had the other two.
The play that drew the most "Ooohs" from the sideline though was one that was wiped out by a hold, a complete de-cleating of a West Valley defender as Devven Ramos was cutting back from one side of the field to the other.
"I'm used to it," Morfin said. "Whatever you do, you know he's going to make a play unless all four defensive linemen come free."
Even then, it's 50-50.
Morfin was pressuring King all night from his defensive end spot and finished with three tackles for loss, and Shaun Smith on the other side also had a pair, including a sack. Linebackers Zack Koons and TJ Fields also came up big.
Andrews was held to 66 yards, about half his average. Voelker finished with 110.
They will need to continue that trend as the games get bigger -- with none more so than next week's tilt back at The Lamp.
"I'm so excited for the Southridge game," Morfin said.
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Kennewick 35, West Valley 6
West Valley 0 6 0 0 -- 6
Kennewick 14 14 0 7 -- 35
K--Reggie Clinton 22 pass from Bryce Leavitt (Paul Martinez kick)
K--Drew Loftus 1 run (Martinez kick)
WV--Gerrick Andrews 2 run (kick fail)
K--Tyler Morfin 1 run (Martinez kick)
K--Bodie Simpson 8 pass from Loftus (Martinez kick)
K--Loftus 3 run (Martinez kick)
RUSHING--WV, Bo Voelker 17-110, Andrews 12-66, Max King 3-(minus 15). K, Loftus 12-174, Grant Woods 11-62, Trek Stemp 4-37, Simpson 6-27, Devven Ramos 7-25, Jesse Salazar 2-3, Morfin 1-1, Team 1-(minus 1).
PASSING--WV, King 8-16-3-47. K, Loftus 10-25-0-84, Leavitt 1-1-0-22.
RECEIVING--WV, Jordan Reyes 3-14, Oliver Devlin 2-12, Trevor Novobielski 2-8, Jeremy Oram 1-13. K, Simpson 4-31, Ramos 3-1, Clinton 2-33, Leavitt 1-18, Stemp 1-15.
FIRST DOWNS--WV 9, K 18. FUMBLES-LOST--WV 2-2, K 0-0. PENALTIES-YARDS--WV 3-30, K 10-90.