High School Football

No. 5 Kamiakin defeats Hanford 52-6

RICHLAND -- It was a Motown kind of night for the fifth-ranked Kamiakin Braves football team.

The offense sang, the defense hit like a drum and the fifth-ranked Braves otherwise hit all the right notes during Friday night's 52-6 win over Hanford at Fran Rish Stadium in Richland.

They even laid down a few records, courtesy of quarterback Joey Jansen and defensive end Jon Allen, who etched their names into the Kamiakin record books.

Jansen, a 5-foot-10 senior, completed 13 of 22 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns to three different receivers. He even ran for a score, scrambling around left end on a 40-yard keeper to make it 14-0 with 6:41 left in the first quarter.

But after the game, he learned that he had broken the Braves single-season record for touchdown passes with 26, eclipsing the old mark held by Steve Davis in 2003.

But it took a while for Jansen to find his rhythm. He completed just 2 of his first 9 passes before calming down.

"I was kind of amped up at first, but I started to settle down," Jansen said. "(Offensive lineman) Tanner Meier just assured me that I had plenty of time."

Allen, meanwhile, was wreaking havoc on defense, collecting eight tackles and two sacks, which gave him 35 for his career, breaking Al Genatone's record of 32.

Allen has epitomized the Braves' attacking style, firing off the corner with reckless abandon to create pressure in the opposing backfield. Friday, it was business as usual against the Falcons.

"He's the best defensive end we've ever had," said Kamiakin defensive coordinator Tim Maher, who has coached with the Braves for more than 30 years. "He's got a motor and a heart that goes from here to here. It fills his whole thoracic cavity."

The Braves held Hanford to just 131 total yards -- nearly half of which came in the fourth quarter. By that time, Kamiakin had rolled up a 49-0 lead and kept the Falcons' top threat Cam Wagar in check with 71 yards rushing on 14 attempts.

"We knew they were pretty much a running team. We knew if we stopped the run, they were going to have to pass," Allen said.

That's where Hanford ran into some trouble, forcing three interceptions by Wagar -- one of which was returned 56 yards for a touchdown by Tyler Perrins to cap the first half at 42-0.

But it was the Braves' offense that really impressed Falcons coach Rob Oram.

"Coach (Chuck) Bender told me my son (defensive back Jake Oram) summed it up when he said, 'Their big guys are as fast as I am,' " Coach Oram said. "You look over there at Tyler Holle and Tim White, and they're men. That's the best set of receivers I've ever seen."

While Kamiakin continued to click on all cylinders, Hanford continued to spiral, suffering its fifth straight loss and seventh of the year. After the Falcons' top lineman Aaron Neary was lost for the year with a broken ankle in Week 4, Oram turned to an inexperienced crew of underclassmen for help.

"We've got four sophomores starting on the offensive and defensive lines," he said. "But in two years, they'll be talking about how good we are."

Kamiakin 52, Hanford 6

Kamiakin 21 21 7 3 -- 52

Hanford 0 0 0 6 -- 6

SCORING PLAYS

K--Tim White 19 pass from Joey Jansen (Garrett Bowe kick)

K--Jansen 40 run (Bowe kick)

K--White 24 pass from Jansen (Bowe kick)

K--Dom Davis 56 pass from Jansen (Bowe kick)

K--A.J. Griffiths 30 pass from Jansen (Bowe kick)

K--Tyler Perrins 56 interception return (Bowe kick)

K--Davis 1 run (Bowe kick)

H--Matt Jones 14 pass from Riley Shintaffer (kick failed)

K--FG Bowe 20

STATISTICS

RUSHING--K, Zach Umemoto 8-26, Jansen 2-45, Davis 7-28, Cody Wilmoth 9-29. H, Lamar Bowser 3-(minus 3), Shintaffer 6-12, Cam Wagar 14-71, Matt McClendon 6-6, Cole Snider 1-(minus 1), team 1-(minus 15).

PASSING--K, Jansen 13-22-0-256. H, Shintaffer 5-12-0-60, Wagar 1-6-3-3.

RECEIVING--K, White 4-89, Tyler Holle 6-64, Griffiths 2-44, Davis 1-56. H, Snider 3-38, Kyle Lafon 1-7, Jalen DeVine 1-4, Jones 1-14.

FIRST DOWNS--K 17, H 9. FUMBLES-LOST--K 1-1, H 1-0. PENALTIES-YARDS--K 5-25, H 1-15.

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