High School Football

Preview: Newport at Chiawana

PASCO -- Don't focus on their record, Chiawana Riverhawks coach Steve Graff has been telling his charges (9-0) heading into their 2 p.m. Saturday game with the Knights at Edgar Brown Stadium.

Newport (6-4), after all, can make a case for playing in the toughest division in the state -- the KingCo 4A Crest, which contains four of the top 10 teams in the state.

"I think the last couple of games they've played, with teams out of their own league, were easier games for them," Graff said.

Newport, coming off a 52-6 blitzing of Kentlake, is a run-first bunch operating out of the wishbone.

The offense is so rare these days that Graff broke out some old films of his days at Pasco against Moses Lake to get a look at what's worked in the past defensively.

A big chore for Chiawana will be putting the wraps on sophomore quarterback Isaac Dotson, who has rushed for 1,067 yards and 16 TDs while also throwing for 458 and six scores.

"The kid's pretty athletic, and he throws a nice ball," Graff said. "They've got some guys out there that run well and they throw to, but obviously we have to stop run first."

That's something the Riverhawks have done well most of the season, allowing just 154 yards a game in the run-happy CBBN 4A and just 9 points a game on the scoreboard.

Meanwhile, they've shown an offense proficient at running and throwing.

Jordan Downing finished second in the league in rushing (1,651) and first in scoring with 23 TDs. Lucas Graff was second in passing yards (1,402) with just 4 INTs against 14 TDs.