Just a week after his team’s only loss of the season, Chiawana High football coach Steve Graff wanted to make sure his team got one thing accomplished on Friday.
“We knew we needed to come out and play well,” Graff said after his team defeated Southridge 55-7 in a Mid-Columbia Conference game at Edgar Brown Stadium. “We had a bitter taste in our mouth after last week.”
The Riverhawks’ Dre Dorton returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, and Pasco scored 28 points in the first 5:15 of the contest and 48 in the first half to put the game out of reach early.
“We had to try to correct some things from last week,” Graff said. “The kids played with more enthusiasm this week.”
The sparse crowd at Edgar Brown had barely settled into their seats before Chiawana had a 14-0 lead.
The Riverhawks forced into a quick three-and-out after Dorton’s kickoff return, but the Southridge punt travelled only 12 yards setting up Chiawana with a first down at the Suns' 30.
Four plays later Clifton Lazono scored from five yards out at the 9:14 mark of the first quarter.
Southridge briefly made the game interesting when a 34 -yard touchdown pass from Jair Early-Thomas to Brenden Kelly that closed the gap to 14-7 with 7:24 left in the first quarter.
But Dorton returned the ensuing kickoff 31 yards to the Chiawana 43.
It took the Riverhawks just two plays to score from there, with Austin Urlacher rumbling the last 41 yards to put his team up 21-7 with 6:45 left in the first quarter.
Chiawana’s final touchdown of the first quarter was set up another long kick return, a 43-yard punt return by Austin Clark to the Southridge 13.
Lozano scored from there on the next play to extend the Riverhawks’ lead to 28-7 with 5:14 left in the quarter.
Urlacher, Dorton, and Lozano would each score once in the second quarter to give Chiawana 48-7 halftime lead and ensure the game would be played with a running clock throughout the second half.
Urlacher capped an 80-yard, 9-play drive with a 23-yard touchdown run at the 11:19 mark of the second quarter.
Dorton scored from 26-yards out to finish off a 8-play, 76 drive with 7:05 left in the first quarter.
And Lozano scored from 20 yards at the end of another 80-yard drive with 1:35 left in the half.
With the clock running in the second half, the two teams combined for only six series.
Chiawana’s final score came on a 28-yard run by Urlacher with 9:49 left in the game.
The Riverhawks’ offense was nearly unstoppable.
The Riverhawks rolled up 449 yards of total offense, including 282 yards on the ground.
Urlacher had 182 yards on just 17 carries and Lozano rushed for 95 yards and three scores on 15 carries.
Zamora completed 9 of 12 passes for 168 yards, all but four yards in the first half, with Dorton hauling in three for 66 yards.
The win leaves the Riverhawks with a one-game lead in the Mid-Columbia League standings with one game left to play, next Friday night at Walla Walla.
Southridge 7 0 0 0 — 7
Chiawana 28 20 0 7 — 55
C—Dre Dorton 95 kickoff return (Matt Winn kick)
C—Clifton Lozano 5 run (Winn kick)
SR—Brenden Kelly 34 pass from Jair Ealy-Thomas (Nate Newbry kick)
C—Austin Urlacher 41 run (Winn kick)
C—Lozano 13 run (Winn kick)
C—Urlacher 28 run (kick blocked)
C—Dorton 26 pass from Joey Zamora (Winn kick)
C—Lozano 20 run (Winn kick)
C—Urlacher 28 run (Winn kick)
RUSHING—SR, Kadin Diaz 21-67, Awad Kori 5-35, Masceo Ealy Thomas 1-(minus 2), J.Ealy-Thomas 5-(minus 1). C, Lozano 15-96, Urlacher 17-182, Anthony Ramos 2-3.
PASSING—SR, J.Ealy-Thomas 4-15-0-42. C, Zamora 8-11-1-164, Mac Graff 1-1-0-4.
RECEIVING—SR, Kelly 1-34, Clay Gonzales 1-10, M.Ealy-Thomas 1-7, Diaz 1-(minus 9). C, Dorton 3-66, Josh Wilson 2-49, Chris Penny 1-16, Blake Bishop 2-22, Deion Singleton 1-15.
FIRST DOWNS—SR 7, C 17 FUMBLES-LOST—SR 4-1, C 3-2. PENALTIES-YARDS—SR 2-20, C 6-45.