Kennewick Lions (10-1) vs. Kamiakin Braves (11-0)
Time, date, place: 1 p.m. today, Lampson Stadium
Media: KONA 610 AM, SWX TV (channel 25-3 over the air, 287 Charter)
Head coaches: Kennewick--Bill Templeton; Kamiakin--Scott Biglin.
Leagues: CBBN 3A.
Next opponent: Bellevue.
Last week: Kennewick 39, Southridge 6; Kamiakin 28, Seattle Prep 14.
Playoff appearances: Kennewick 14; Kamiakin 16.
Last playoff appearance: Kennewick, 2007 (lost quarterfinals); Kamiakin, 2010 (lost championship).
Deepest advancement: Kennewick, championship game (1983, Bellevue 17, Kennewick 14); Kamiakin, championship game (2010, Bellevue 38, Kamiakin 0; 1995, Curtis 49, Kamiakin 7).
Previous playoff meeting: none.
Kennewick leaders: RB Grant Woods, sr., 5-7, 165; QB Bryce Leavitt, sr., 6-4, 170; WR-DB Reggie Clinton, sr., 6-1, 170; WR Bodie Simpson, jr., 5-8, 165; LB Shaun Smith, jr., 5-9, 175; OL-DL Ivan Diaz, sr., 6-0, 290; WR-DB Brock Schuh, sr., 5-9, 150; DL Jake Sullins, sr., 6-2, 200; OL-DL Garrett Wilz, sr., 6-3, 210.
Kamiakin leaders: RB-LB Zach Umemoto, sr., 6-0, 205; QB Jason Hutchison, sr., 6-3, 175; WR-KR Jesse Houser, sr., 5-11, 175; OL-DL Joe Hunt, sr., 6-3, 215; LB-FB Drew Oord, sr., 6-0, 210; S-P James Swinyard, sr., 5-10, 160; CB Corey McLean, sr., 5-7, 150; OL Nate Brandhorst, sr., 6-3, 220; OL Sean Clausen, sr., 6-5, 255.
Notes: With top two defenses in the league (by a long way), expect a low-scoring affair, much like the first, won by Kamiakin 14-6. ... The Lions gave up just 182.3 yards a game in the regular season, best in the CBBN 3A. And their 56 points allowed is less than half Kamiakin's 114. Kennewick has allowed more than a touchdown in just two games this season. ... The Braves have practically written the book on defense under longtime coordinator Tim Maher. They allowed just 190.9 yards a game during the regular season. ... Offensively, balance has been the name of the game for Kamiakin, averaging 174 rushing and 188 passing a game. Last week against Seattle Prep, the Braves ran for 253 and threw for 76 with Hutchison sidelined by an injured finger. He's back, and likely will bring balance to Kamiakin's offensive force. ... Kennewick's offense slants 2-to-1 on the ground, led by CBBN 3A rushing leader Woods (1,424, 17 TDs). But the Lions have completed two-thirds of their passes, with Leavitt throwing for 17 TDs and just 4 picks.