High School Football

Chiawana pounds Central Valley (w/ gallery, video)

PASCO -- Chiawana's Miquiyah Zamora had one thought in his mind when he raced past midfield Friday: Don't let the kicker tackle you.

Central Valley kicker Austin Rehkow didn't. Instead, he fell down after being juked by Zamora.

Zamora ran untouched into the end zone to give the Riverhawks the jumpstart they needed en route to a 35-7 4A regional playoff victory at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

"I didn't want to get stopped by the kicker," said Zamora about his 82-yard punt return in the first quarter. "Anyone else on the field could tackle me, but not the kicker."

Zamora's return came as he was driven back to the 18 to catch the ball and then the Chiawana special teams opened a lane up and Zamora was gone down the right sideline.

"Miquiyah has been waiting for his shot," Chiawana running back Jordan Downing said. "That picked the team up and lifted our spirits. He's capable of doing that all the time."

The return gave the Riverhawks the lead, despite having ran just four offensive plays to that point, while Central Valley had reeled off 15 -- granted with no points to show for it, thanks to a fumble recovered by Downing.

"The punt return was big," Chiawana coach Steve Graff said. "We were sputtering on offense."

With the victory, Chiawana advances to the state playoffs. The Riverhawks will host today's Newport-Kentlake winner next Saturday.

While Zamora's return got Chiawana going, it was the offensive line and Downing who finished the game.

"Those guys up front did a good job," Graff said. "Once we get to chunking it like that, we get some confidence and get going."

After a 14-play drive by Central Valley ended in a fake punt, the Chiawana offense finally got its chance.

Downing carried the ball seven times on an eight play drive, punching it in from 6 yards out to send the Riverhawks into halftime up 14-0, despite having the ball for less than 5 minutes of the first half.

"We had a good gameplan coming in," Downing said. "Our line was just chunking them and I was breaking tackles and everyone was just doing their job."

Coming out of the half, the Bears recovered an onside kick and went down and scored to pull within 14-7, but that was as close as they would get.

Downing and company put together two scoring drives in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

"Once we get a three-and-out and score and a three-and-out and score, it changes how the other team approaches their offense," Downing said. "Up 21-7 is a lot easier to play defense than up 7-0. They are forced to pass and we have a good secondary."

On the first third quarter drive, Downing carried seven consecutive times, scoring on a 4-yard run over right tackle.

After forcing a three-and-out on defense, Downing carried four times and scored from 8 yards out to ice the game.

"Jordan just does his thing," Zamora said. "He's just a beast. We have a good offensive line and they open up holes for him. We are a running team."

Downing finished with 212 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns to nearly account for the entire Chiawana offense. Quarterback Lucas Graff finished 1-for-4 for seven yards.

Defensively, the Riverhawks held the Bears to 130 yards of offense in the second half, as they did a much better job controlling the Central Valley rushing attack.

"In the first half, we'd get them into second-and-long and third-and-long and then we'd let them off the hook," coach Graff said. "They made some plays, too. We felt like we had to stop the running game and they did a good job making plays in the passing game."

Chiawana 35, Central Valley 7

Central Valley 0 0 7 0 -- 7

Chiawana 7 7 14 7 -- 35

SCORING PLAYS

Chi--Miquiyah Zamora 82 punt return (Pilate Lopaya kick).

Chi--Jordan Downing 6 run (Lopaya kick).

CV--Gaven Deyarmin 1 run (Austin Rehkow kick).

Chi--Downing 3 run (Lopaya kick).

Chi--Downing 8 run (Lopaya kick).

Chi--Andrew Higgins 1 run (Lopaya kick).

STATISTICS

RUSHING--CV, Brandon Garcia 21-124, Brandon McClung 11-29, Grayson Sykes 3-19, Garret Sawyer 1-6, Nick Lawrence 1-3, Deyarmin 10-0, Scott Hilpert 1-(-9). C, Downing 25-212, Higgins 6-38, Lucas Graff 3-(-11).

PASSING--CV, Deyarmin 9-16-2--110, Garret Sawyer 1-2-0--5. C, Graff 1-4-0--7.

RECEIVING--CV, Danny Nimri 3-21, Anthony Brommer 2-31, Tanner Wollan 2-14, Brandon Ontiveros 1-33, Damond Justus 1-15, Brandon Garcia 1-1. C, C.J. Edrington 1-7.

FIRST DOWNS--CV, 15; C, 15. FUMBLES-LOST--CV, 1-1; C, 0-0. PENALTIES-YARDS--CV, 4-31; C, 0-0.

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