High School Football

Kamiakin, Eastmont to decide CBBN 3A title

KENNEWICK -- The teams are all set, and even most of the playoff positions have been decided in the Columbia Basin Big Nine.

There's just one last piece of business left to attend: deciding the 3A conference title.

That along with the league's No. 1 berth into the crossover games with the Greater Spokane League are what is on the line tonight at Lampson Stadium when the Eastmont Wildcats (6-2, 6-0) pay a visit to the fifth-ranked and unbeaten Kamiakin Braves (8-0, 6-0).

"This is what high school football is all about," Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said. "You like having the last game of the (regular) season come down to the league championship between two good football teams. It's going to be fun for the fans, fun for Eastmont and fun for the Kamiakin community."

Shake the Magic 8-ball, and all signs seem to point toward a terrific matchup, which is what Biglin said he expects. Kamiakin ranks first in the league for yards in offense and defense, Eastmont is second.

However, the Braves are way out in front of the rest of the field -- their 40 points a game is almost two touchdowns better than No. 2, and that's Kennewick.

Eastmont, for all its yardage (344 per game), averages 23.5 points a game.

Also, Kamiakin's defense has given up only 67 points, about half of Eastmont's defensive total.

Only twice have the Braves given up more than one touchdown in a game, and five times they held opponents to six points or less.

Its big job today will be keeping tabs on quarterback Lucas McGill, who has 509 yards rushing and 849 passing. A third of his completions have gone to receiver Darren Spaeth (20-295, 3 TDs). But look for Eastmont to keep the ball on the ground with three of the league's top eight rushers, including top gainer Michael Perez (107-630, 3 TDs).

Kamiakin's offense is quick-strike, big-play. Joey Jansen is second in passing with 1,940 yards, but his average of 18 yards per completion is easily tops in the league, as are his 26 touchdowns.

Tim White's 577 receiving yards, 22.2 per catch average and 7 TDs are the league's best, with teammates AJ Griffiths (6 TDs, 19.7 avg) and Tyler Holle (4 TDs, 19.6 avg) near the top as well.

The Wildcats, like the Braves, are on quite a roll, having won six in a row after losing to Davis (32-7) and Wenatchee (24-21) to start the season.

They're used to winning close games, beating Kennewick, Southridge and West Valley by a combined 21 points.

* Kevin Anthony: 509-582-1403; kanthony@tricityherald.com