The Kamiakin football team jumped out to a quick start Friday night and then relied on its defense to do the rest.
The Braves scored 13 first-quarter points and got a late touchdown to pull away for a 27-6 Mid-Columbia Conference win over intra-city rival Southridge at Lampson Stadium.
The Braves defense allowed just 187 yards of total offense, all of which came on the ground. Southridge (1-2) did not complete a pass in game.
Kamiakin (2-1) took its opening possession down the field 47 yards in two quick plays, capped by quarterback Zach Borisch’s 33-yard touchdown run. The Braves used another big play to extend the lead when Jace Navejas scored on a 35-yard punt return with 4:33 left in the first quarter to push the margin to 13-0.
The quick start with explosive plays suddenly gave way to a game that was stalled in the middle field with each team unable breakthrough.
The second half featured just one score, that coming with under two minutes remaining in the game on Borisch’s 55-yard TD run for the final margin.
The Suns’ new run-oriented offense had its share of success against the Braves, using a variety of counters, sweeps and misdirection plays. All totaled, Southridge had 187 yards rushing against a pretty good Braves defensive front.
There was only one problem. One big problem.
Those were the only yards the Suns would gain. Southridge quarterback Mason Martin was 0-of-9 passing. The lone pass Martin threw that was caught was into the hands of Kamiakin’s Mugtaba Kori.
The Braves passing game was better, but still not a big threat. Borisch threw just 12 passes and completed 6 for 45 yards and an interception. Only one player had multiple receptions — Darreon Moore with two for 15 yards.
Southridge withstood the Braves’ initial onslaught and had its chance to close the gap, but could not capitalize.
On the Suns’ third possession, Martin just missed Samuel Kori on a crossing route that would have cut the margin to 13-7. The drive then ended with a missed 34-yard field goal.
Southridge would get on the board on its next possession with a 13-yard scoring run by Zayid Al-Ghani, but by then it was 20-7. The Suns would get inside the Braves’ 20-yard line just one more time, that coming halfway through the fourth quarter when they could not convert on fourth-and-6.
K—Zach Borisch 33 run (Garrett Paxton kick)
K—Jace Navejas 35 punt return (kick fail)
K—Jethro Questad 36 run (Paxton kick)
S—Zayid Al-Ghani 13 run (kick fail)
K—Borisch 55 run (Paxton kick)
RUSHING—S, Mason Martin 2-(minus-10), Al-Ghani 23-139, Samuel Kori 6-7, Jaron Toon 6-16, Jake Harvey 3-17, #23 7-13, Derrick Gillespie 3-13. K, Questad 16-115, Borisch 10-120, Mike Jones 2-14, John Mantanona 2-20, Team 1-6.
PASSING—S, Martin 0-9-1-0; K, Borisch 6-12-1-45.
RECEIVING—K, Mugtaba Kori 1-10, Isaiah Brimmer 1-(minus-3), Darreon Moore 2-15, Mantanona 1-6, Champ Grayson 1-10.
FIRST DOWNS—S 10, K 14. Penalties – S 4-35, K 10-90. Fumbles-Lost – S 3-0, K 3-1.