PASCO -- For the last three months, the Richland Bombers have been preparing for a new offensive age.
In a 44-10 win over Pasco on Friday, the Bombers turned Edgar Brown Stadium into the new ground zerou, unleashing the full force of their furious but efficient new offense.
Colter Quick completed 15 of 22 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns, and B.K. Robinson scored two rushing touchdowns and returned a fumble for another score. For the Bombers, who have been known almost exclusively for its rushing attack, the new day could not have come soon enough.
"We've known what our (offensive) script was going to be since Boise," said Richland coach Mike Neidhold, referring to the team's spring camp at Boise State University. "We had a good winter, and we implemented a lot. Tonight was a credit to (offensive coordinator) Josh Jelinek and all the coaches for getting us ready."
The Bombers got started quickly, with Quick completing five passes during a 7-play, 65-yard scoring drive to open the game. He dumped a pass into the left flat to receiver Ellijah Gardaya, who then took it 36 yards to the end zone with help from a great downfield block by Deric Samples to make it 7-0.
But that was just the beginning.
After the Richland defense forced a two-and-out -- the Bulldogs lost a down on an intentional grounding penalty -- Connor Egbert returned a punt 31 yards to the Pasco 28 and Samples capped a 6-play drive with a 9-yard scoring pass from Quick.
"People have been asking us if we were going to be good," Quick said. "We wanted to come out and show them on the field."
Down 14-0 after just over 5 minutes, Bulldogs quarterback T.J. Avery tried a flare pass to Luis Murillo in the backfield. He overthrew Murillo, and Robinson was there to pick up the live ball, strolling into the end zone on a 9-yard fumble return to make it 20-0 with 5:51 left in the first quarter.
"I saw (Murillo) swing out, and I was ready to tackle him," said Robinson, who was grateful for his first-ever defensive touchdown. "I was lucky to get a pretty generous hop."
Just over three minutes later, however, the Bombers were at it again with a three-play scoring drive. This time it was Robinson again, bouncing off a big hit at the line of scrimmage and then taking it down the right sideline for a 48-yard touchdown run.
That made it 28-0 Richland after just nine minutes.
Pasco coach Dustin Lamb, who coached at Grandview for four seasons, experienced a bit of deja vu watching the Bombers offense, which gets part of its inspiration from new quarterbacks coach and former Prosser coach Tom Moore.
"They looked explosive, like the old days at Prosser. It was the same feeling of spreading you out," said Lamb.
The Bombers pushed their lead to 37-0 before the Bulldogs finally got on the board with a 30-yard field goal by Ryan Gibson with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter.
Pasco put together some good drives in the second half, falling short of a score with a 14-play drive before Murillo hauled in a 35-yard pass from Avery with just 25 seconds remaining in the game.
"It felt like we were always one block away from a big play," said Murillo, who led the Bulldogs with 29 rushing yards and seven catches for 94 yards and a TD. "That final touchdown said a lot. It proved we can put points on the board."
Richland 44, Pasco 10
Richland 28 16 0 0 -- 44
Pasco 0 3 0 7 -- 10
R--Ellijah Gardaya 36 pass from Colter Quick (kick failed)
R--Derek Samples 9 pass from Quick (B.K. Robinson run)
R--Robinson 9 fumble return (Q Taychack kick)
R--B.K. Robinson 48 run (Taychack kick)
R--Sawyer Powell 11 pass from Quick (Taychack kick)
R--Safety, Pasco snaps ball out of end zone
P--FG Ryan Gibson 30
R--Robinson 1 run (Taychack kick)
P--Luis Murillo 35 pass from T.J. Avery (Gibson kick)
RUSHING--R, Robinson 6-45, Quick 1-(minus 1), Matthew Chalmers 2-4, Cameron Simpson 1-8, Derek Redden 1-1, Mason Baird 3-(minus 6). P, Murillo 19-29, Avery 4-(minus 17), Abree Kinsey 3-2.
PASSING--R, Quick 17-26-0-243; Baird 2-4-0-38. P, Avery 11-23-0-129.
RECEIVING--R, Gardaya 4-70, Samples 3-20, Sheldon Likala 2-40, Redden 1-14, Connor Egbert 1-22, Robinson 1-3, Simpson 1-7, David Crawford 1-9, Powell 1-11, Jarrett Wolf 2-47. P, Murillo 7-94, Ethan Cantu 3-27, Casey Slack 1-8.
FIRST DOWNS--R 12, P 9. FUMBLES-LOST--R 2-1, P 3-0. PENALTIES-YARDS--R 5-43, P 3-25.