Matthew Driver chuckled when asked about the amount of passes he threw Friday night.
It was exactly two. The Kennewick junior quarterback was 1-for-2 for 9 yards and a touchdown.
The lack of the passing game was just a product of the Lions’ game plan.
“It would have been nice to throw a little more, but we knew our running game was going to have a big night,” he said.
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And he was right. The Lions ran up and down the field on Pasco, amassing more than 400 yards on the ground in a 48-20 victory over the Bulldogs at Lampson Stadium.
“We wanted to control the ball tonight,” Lions coach Bill Templeton said. “We knew their offense was explosive, and we did a good job of keeping them off the field.”
Kennewick used a big second quarter to pull away from Pasco for its first Mid-Columbia Conference victory of the season.
Dwight Norwood had three first-half touchdown runs, the final one a 15-yard sprint around the right side to put Kennewick ahead 26-7 with 5:34 to go before halftime.
Norwood, who entered the game third in the conference in rushing yards, carried the ball 14 times for 132 yards and the three scores, all in the first half. He did not play in the second half after suffering an arm injury.
That opened the door for Raymond Gutierrez to lead the running attack. Gutierrez finished the night with 22 carries for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
All totaled, the Lions had 57 carries for 402 yards and six rushing touchdowns.
“We did a good job of blocking on the edge,” Templeton said.
Driver, who spent almost the entire night handing the ball off, did make the most of his only throw in the second half, hitting Michael Vallier for a 9-yard touchdown reception.
“This week was all about executing,” Driver said. “The coaches put us in the right spots, it’s just up to us to execute.”
Kennewick (2-3, 1-2) travels to play Richland (1-4, 1-2) next week.
“I think this win was good for us,” Templeton said. “Richland is a good team, and they will be ready.”
Pasco, which fell behind early, appeared to be one or two big plays away from getting back in the game late in the second quarter and then early in the third.
However, some key dropped passes and a turnover stifled the pass-heavy offense.
Kolby Killoy, the conference’s leading passer, was 19-of-36 passing for 234 yards and a touchdown. However, he was just 3-for-8 in the second half for 28 yards and a touchdown.
“This is a good win for us right now,” Templeton said.