High School Football

Kamiakin earns crown with win over Eastmont (w/ gallery, video highlights)

KENNEWICK -- Rumor has it that the top-selling scary Halloween costume in the Tri-Cities is Jon Allen's No. 40 football jersey, in black and red.

Close seconds are Tanner Meier's No. 69, Trevor Powers' No. 55, Drew Oord's No. 11 ...

Pretty much anyone on the Kamiakin defense is good for a fright, as the Eastmont Wildcats found out Friday night in a 30-15 loss to the Braves at Lampson Stadium.

"My nickname is Jonny Nightmare," Allen said after the Braves limited the CBBN 3A's top rushing offense to 40 yards on 28 carries, more than 200 yards below Eastmont's average.

Tim White returned a punt 80 yards for a score and hauled in a pair of short touchdown throws from Joey Jansen, the last with 2 1/2 minutes left to salt the game away.

It was a two-for-one trophy night for Kamiakin, picking up the KONA Cup for the Tri-Cities' best record as well as the CBBN 3A league championship.

"We knew this was a special team," Allen said. "League champs -- it can't be better than that."

The Braves (9-0, 7-0) will take the league's top seed into next week's regional playoff round with the Greater Spokane League.

Ironically, they'll take on city rival Southridge, the fourth seed out of the Big Nine, next Friday back at Lampson.

Eastmont (6-3, 6-1), which had won six in a row after opening the season with a pair of nonleague losses, will entertain GSL No. 2 University (5-4).

Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin, fresh off a Gatorade shower from his players, said he wanted to get a tight game heading into the playoffs after seeing his team run over most of its opponents this season.

"Absolutely we needed this," he said. "We had to see what kind of team we have in a tight game. It was good for us."

Kamiakin's offense, like its defense rated first in the league, struggled in the first half with just 70 total yards -- 31 of that coming on a fade to White to set up the Braves' only offensive TD in the first half.

Dom Davis' blocked punt led to a safety and the first points of the game, and White took the ensuing free kick to the house for an early 9-0 lead that was extended to 16-0 at the half.

Jansen came alive in the second half, connecting on seven of his first eight throws after the break to start the offense moving. White finished with seven catches for 75 yards and Jesse Houser caught five balls for 62, with regular starter Tyler Holle in street clothes after tweaking his knee.

Also, the Braves found their running game behind Davis and Zach Umamoto.

But the Kamiakin defense dominated the game, with Allen and Meier crashing off the ends and forcing everything inside.

"Our defensive ends did a great job. They hold the edge and box everything in," said Powell, who along with fellow linebacker Oord cleaned up everything in the middle.

Also credit Shad Fletcher with a couple of big pass breakups, though it was the one that got away -- a tipped ball that Eastmont's Reed Jaspers made a spectacular play on for a 31-yard gain -- that set up Eastmont's only offensive TD.

But for that acrobatic catch and linebacker Jay Seabeck's rumbling 80-yard return of a blocked field goal -- a play that pulled Eastmont within a single score with 7 1/2 minutes to play -- the Braves may well have posted the shutout against the league's No. 2 offense.

"They haven't seen a defense like ours," Allen said. "We knew we had an opportunity to put it to them tonight."

Jonny Nightmare, indeed.

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

Kamiakin 30, Eastmont 15

Eastmont 0 0 7 8 -- 15

Kamiakin 9 7 7 7 -- 30

SCORING PLAYS

K--Safety, punt blocked out of end zone

K--Tim White 80 punt return (Garrett Bowe kick)

K--White 8 pass from Joey Jansen (Bowe kick)

K--Zach Umamoto 1 run (Bowe kick)

E--Darren Spaeth 13 pass from Lucas McGill (Mario Valdivia kick)

E--Jay Seabeck 80 blocked FG return (Sam Gwinn run)

K--White 2 pass from Jansen (Bowe kick)

STATISTICS

RUSHING--E, Michael Perez 10-22, Dylan Farley 2-8, Trea Thomas 1-5, McGill 13-3, Gwinn 2-2. K, Dom Davis 15-64, Umamoto 4-18, White 1-3, Jansen 3-(minus 21).

PASSING--E, McGill 8-21-1-114. K, Jansen 17-31-2-171.

RECEIVING--E, Spaeth 3-62, Reed Jaspers 2-46, Perez 2-8, John Wehrer 1-(minus 2). K, White 7-75, Jesse Houser 5-62, Umamoto 2-20, AJ Griffiths 2-16, Brandon Larson 1-8.

FIRST DOWNS--E 6, K 13. FUMBLES-LOST--E 0-0, K 1-0. PENALTIES-YARDS--E 8-75, K 7-65.

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