If anyone thought the Kennewick-Kamiakin rivalry game lost any of its luster when Southridge joined the conference, there weren’t any in attendance Friday night at Lampson Stadium.
The Braves scored two second-half touchdowns to pull away from the Lions 27-13 in a hard-hitting physical Mid-Columbia Conference game that left many players limping off of the field.
“It was a physical game,” said Kamiakin quarterback Zach Borisch, who was sporting a slight limp.
Braves coach Scott Biglin echoed Borisch’s sentiments.
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“It was real physical,” said Biglin. “When you play Kennewick that’s the type of battle you expect. Any time you play Kennewick, we’re playing for a playoff spot and seeding.”
Kamiakin jumped to an early 6-0 lead on its first possession when Borisch hit Jace Navejas over the middle of the field and was able to turn it into a TD.
Borisch made it 13-0 when he was able to plunge in from the 1 for a score.
Kennewick cut the lead to 13-7 just before the half when Isaac Ruiz scampered in from 19 yards out for a TD.
The Lions scored on their first possession in the second half, as Dillon Plew hit Devyn Edwards for a score, tying the game at 13-13.
But Jethro Questad gave the Braves the lead for good when he answered with a 57-yard TD run. The Lions never threatened again.
Gavin Crow added an 11-yard TD run in the fourth to complete the scoring.