High School Football

Kamiakin dismantles Moses Lake 37-21

KENNEWICK -- Kamiakin may not have the flashy playmakers from a year ago, but that doesn't mean the Braves offense is any less impressive.

Junior quarterback Jason Hutchison made his home debut Friday in spectacular fashion and running back Zach Umemoto was strong once again, as the Braves ripped Moses Lake 37-21 in a nonleague matchup at Lampson Stadium.

"We don't have the big-play receivers, but we have a lot of players that do their job," Hutchison said. "We run the ball really well, and now we can go 50-50."

The Braves did a little bit of everything correctly offensively against Moses Lake, as Hutchison threw for four touchdowns and 210 yards. Umemoto chewed up 163 yards on the ground -- 121 in the second half -- and Jesse Houser added a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

"The balance is the key for us," Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin said. "We don't have the flashy playmakers, but we have guys that know how to play, know how to execute. We didn't play as well as I think we can offensively, but we still put up 37 points."

Hutchison showed off his arm less than two minutes into the game, hitting Tyler Perrins on a fade route to the right corner of the end zone. After the defense forced a three-and-out, Hutchison hit Houser in stride on a seam route for a 62-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.

"I had a lot of nerves," Hutch-ison said. "My stomach was killing me, but once I got on the field, I was making my reads and it went away.

"We went off real quick and got some points early."

Hutchison wasn't done, though, as he connected with Brandon Larson on a 18-yard slant to the right -- a possession set up when Umemoto recovered a fumble.

"He did a great job," Biglin said of his new quarterback. "He's really composed. I demand a lot out of my quarterbacks and yell at them a lot, and he just goes out and is composed."

Hutchison added his fourth touchdown pass on the fourth play of the second half, as he hit Andrew Castillo on a 43-yard, play-action pass to blow the game wide open.

While Hutchison was happy with the touchdowns he did throw, he felt he left some points on the field.

"I missed quite a few throws that could have been touchdowns," he said. "Every game we have to focus on our red zone percentage and need to focus on getting points to get out ahead of teams."

The Braves twice had the ball inside the 35 in the first half and failed to get points.

"We've got to work on our red zone stuff and work on finishing drives," Biglin said. "We had lots of kids playing both ways and it was 100 degrees on the turf; I was proud of our conditioning and thought the kids played well."

Houser was one of the players that did well for the Braves, as he made up for a fumble on a punt return by taking a kickoff to the house.

His fumble on the punt, gave Moses Lake the ball at its own 36. The Chiefs eventually scored on a Justin Simmons pass to Anthony Johnson to make it 31-14 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.

The ensuing kickoff was Houser's redemption.

"I wanted to make up a little bit for my team and for my family," Houser said. "We had been going to the right, but we switched it and went up the middle and it worked out good for us."

Much like the rest of the night for Kamiakin, which remained perfect on the young season despite giving up a long touchdown run in the first half to Simmons and getting whistled for 13 penalties for 110 yards.

"It was not our best game," Houser said. "We perform better usually, but 38 points worked out for us."

Kamiakin 37, Moses Lake 21

Moses Lake 0 7 7 7 -- 21

Kamiakin 14 7 16 0 -- 37

SCORING PLAYS

K--Tyler Perrins 33 pass from Jason Hutchison (Blake Wagar kick), 7:22.

K--Jesse Houser 62 pass from Hutchison (Wagar kick), 2:47.

K--Brandon Larson 18 pass from Hutchison (Wagar kick), 7:28.

ML--Justin Simmons 50 run (Elliott Sage kick), 1:07.

K--Andrew Castillo 43 pass from Hutchison (Wagar kick), 10:22.

K--FG Wagar 23, 4:35.

ML--Anthony Johnson 7 pass from Simmons (Sage kick), :11.

K--Houser 91 kickoff return (pass failed), :00.

STATISTICS

RUSHING--ML, Simmons 8-88, Bryce Perez 9-43, Steven Cline 3-7. K, Zach Umemoto 23-163, Larson 9-37, Kylle Robertson 1-9, Hutchison 7-2, team 1-(minus 4).

PASSING--ML, Simmons 8-20-1--58. K, Hutchison 10-18-0--210; Robertson 0-2-0--0.

RECEIVING--ML, Johnson 3-32, Cameron Ballard 2-17, Colton Thompson 1-7, Jordan Koon 1-2, Nick Sutherland 1-0. K, Larson 2-29, Umemoto 2-25, James Swinyard 2-9, Houser 1-62, Castillo 1-43, Perrins 1-33, Corey McLean 1-9.

FIRST DOWNS--ML 6, K 19. FUMBLES-LOST--ML 2-2, K 1-1. PENALTIES-YARDS--ML 6-50, K 13-110.

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