Pasco pride is alive and well at Edgar Brown Stadium.
Not only are the Bulldogs 2-1 overall and coming off their second consecutive victory, but they also lead the Mid-Columbia Conference in total offense (1,346 yards), points (117) and average yards per play (7.56).
However, Pasco coach Dustin Lamb is most happy about playing Walla Walla (1-2) at home this week.
“It’s a huge disadvantage playing them in their own backyard. I know how tough they can be there,” said Lamb, a former Pasco quarterback.
The Bulldogs bring in the MCC’s top quarterback, Kolby Killoy (56-90-1-672, 10 TDs), plus two of the top five receivers in the conference in Eric Orange (20-252, 3 TDs) and Spencer Calveard (12-78, 3 TDs). Pasco also has two of the top seven running backs in the MCC in Cole Kelley (33-308, 5 TDs) and Deondre Hendrix (21-221, 1 TD).
But Walla Walla has its own weapons, including quarterback Trever Coronado (28-63-3-417, 6 TDs), who can create problems with his versatility and athleticism. He has his choice of handing off to Noah Porter (34-193, 2 TDs) or throwing to Mitch Huffman (10-130, 2 TDs).
“Personnel-wise, they remind me a lot of Davis. They’ve got really strong kids up front and on the perimeter,” Lamb said. “We’re really impressed with what we see on film. I really like that quarterback and the way he runs. We’ve got a huge challenge in front of us.”
Hanford (0-3) at Richland (0-3), Fran Rish Stadium, 7 p.m.: The Bombers have fallen victim to an extremely tough schedule so far but could get their first win against the Falcons, who have allowed 162 points in three games so far.
Desmond Samples has been a nice surprise for Hanford, ranking fifth in the MCC in rushing (38-248, 3 TDs) and third in passing (36-94-2-456, 6 TDs).
Kennewick (1-2) at Kamiakin (2-1), Lampson Stadium, 7 p.m.: The Lions’ defense, ranked second in the MCC, hasn’t allowed many yards — just under 250 a game — but it will have its hands full against the Braves.
Kamiakin running back T.J. Faamausili broke out with 139 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Southridge last week, and quarterback Tyson Patten is second in the MCC in passing (29-66-4-506, 5 TDs).
Kennewick’s Dwight Norwood (54-374, 5 TDs) is second in the MCC in rushing, and Brock Sittman (12-122, TD) is fifth in receiving.
Ellensburg (3-0) at Othello (2-1), 7 p.m.: The Huskies have home-field advantage, but will it be enough against the third-ranked Bulldogs?
Ellensburg running back Gabe Caskey (42-380, 8 TDs), receiver Brayton Leach (17-249, 5 TDs) and quarterback Garrett Hull (45-73-0-495, 8 TDs) lead the CWAC in their respective categories.
Othello has one of the league’s top rushers in Joe DeLeon (36-191, 4 TDs).
Columbia-Burbank (0-3) at Kiona-Benton (0-2), 7 p.m.: A battle of winless teams will result in one team going home happy. The Coyotes have one of the league’s top talents in Exavier Treddenbarger (41-243, 3 TDs), who rushed for 127 yards in a loss to River View last week. He’s also a defensive standout.
But the Bears are not without their big-play threats, either. Receiver Vlad Rizen caught a long touchdown pass earlier this season.