The Kamiakin Braves knew it wasn't going to be easy to repeat as CBBN 3A champions. What they ended up doing was unprecedented.
Zach Umemoto ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, and Jason Hutchison passed for 273 yards and three scores to lift Kamiakin to a 41-17 win over Eastmont on Friday night in East Wenatchee.
Kamiakin senior Brandon Larson led all receivers with six catches for 92 yards.
"One of the things coach (Tim) Maher told the team was that at no time in Kamiakin history had we ever gone through league undefeated in back-to-back years," said Braves coach Scott Biglin. "That's one thing we sold the kids on. They had a chance to make history."
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Not only that, but Kamiakin won the CBBN 3A title outright and locked up the top seed for the regional crossover playoffs on Friday at 7:30 p.m. That earned the Braves (9-0, 7-0) a home game against Hanford (3-6, 3-4) at Lampson Stadium.
"One of the things with this game is we wanted to make sure we stayed healthy," Biglin said. "We wanted to win and go into the playoffs on a high streak. We also wanted to get our running game going again, and our offensive line did a great job opening holes for Zach."