The Kennewick Lions used tough defense and scored just enough points Friday night to beat the host Southridge Suns 14-3 in a Mid-Columbia Conference football game at Lampson Stadium.
With the victory, the Lions raise their MCC record to 2-3, tying them with Hanford for the No. 2 playoff seed.
Two weeks remain in the regular season.
Hanford plays at Walla Walla next Friday, while Kennewick hosts Chiawana.
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Then, on Oct. 30, Kennewick visits Hanford.
The Lions took the lead from the outset, when Ronny Loomis scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter.
Southridge answered in the second quarter, when Hunter Spiva kicked a 37-yard field goal to cut the Lions’ lead to 7-3.
The Suns had their chances inside the red zone, but Kennewick’s defense held tough.
The Lions added another TD in the fourth quarter, as Isaac Ruiz scored on an 8-yard pass from Dillon Plew.
Ruiz finished with 65 rushing yards.
Southridge, which dropped to 1-4 in MCC play, got 92 rushing yards from Zayid Al-Ghani.
K — Ronny Loomis 4 run (Emilio Ramos kick)
S — FG 37 Hunter Spiva
K — Isaac Ruiz 8 pass from Dillon Plew (Ramos kick)
RUSHING — K, Ruiz 15-65, Loomis 10-45, Plew 5-19, Ramond Gutierrez 6-16, Blake Loftus 1-5. S, Zayid Al-Ghani 18-92, Derrick Gillespie 6-36, Mason Martin 6-27, Samuel Kori 7-25, Jordan Walter 4-15, Noah Weber 1-7, Gavin Willingham 1-1
PASSING — K, Plew 9-12-0-87. S, Martin 2-11-0-12.
RECEIVING — K, Devyn Edward 2-47, Gutierrez 3-26, Loftus 3-11, Garrett Dixon 1-3. S, Kori 1-8, Gillespie 1-4.
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 84, GARFIELD-PALOUSE 46: John Lesser ran for a season-high 402 yards and five touchdowns, and he threw for 160 yards and three touchdowns — all to Nico Shupe — as the Patriots beat the Vikings in Southeast 1B action in Garfield.
Gar-Pal led 24-22 after the first quarter — the first time LC has trailed after the opening quarter this season.
Lesser is 105 yards away from tying the state 8-man rushing record held by Joe Campbell of Tri-Cities Prep. He also is two touchdowns away from tying the 8-man record with three games to play.
Shupe also ran for 207 yards on 10 carries.
Evan Whegraff led the Vikings with 256 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
The Patriots will host Colton next Friday.
LC — John Lesser 46 run (Lesser run)
GP — Cameron Springstead 27 run (Ian Neibergs run)
GP — Springstead 8 run (Evan Whegraff run)
LC — Connor DenHeod 6 run (run failed)
LC — Nico Shupe 43 pass from Lesser (Lesser run)
GP — Wyatt Griner 4 run (Griner run)
LC — Lesser 19 run (Mitch Godwin pass from Lesser)
LC — Shupe 84 run (Lesser run)
GP — Whegraff 60 run (Whegraff run)
LC — Lesser 54 run (Lesser run)
LC — Shupe 55 run (Lesser run)
LC — Shupe 25 pass from Lesser (Shupe run)
GP — Neibergs 50 pass from Whegraff (run failed)
LC — Lesser 55 run (Lesser run)
LC — Lesser 45 run (run failed)
LC — Shupe 54 pass from Lesser (Lesser run)
GP — Whegraff 4 run (Whegraff run)
RUSHING — LC, Lesser 22-402, Shupe 10-207, DeHeod 1-3. GP, Whegreff 27-256, Neibergs 2-49, Springstead 8-48, Griner 3-12, Travis Knauff 18-52.
PASSING — LC, Lesser 7-12-0-160. GP, Whegraff 5-10-0-123.
RECEIVING — LC, Shupe 3-121, Godwin 3-13, DenHeod 1-26. GP, Neibergs 3-114, Springstead 2-9.
ROYAL 56, KIONA-BENTON 6: The visiting Knights scored 35 points in the first quarter and never looked back in an SCAC East win over the Bears.
Ki-Be had two snaps over the punter’s head, and too many dropped passes in the first quarter, said Kiona-Benton coach Darren Mezger.
Sam Christensen opened the scoring for Royal with a 9-yard TD run.
But Vladimir Rizin answered for Ki-Be with a 95-yard kickoff return. The extra-point kick attempt wasn’t good, leaving Royal with a 7-6 lead.
From that point on, the Knights took control.
Sam Christensen added two more touchdowns — a 40-yard run and a 70-yard punt return. Joe Lang also scored two TDs, while quarterback Kaden Jenks had two TD passes.
R — Sam Christensen 9 run (Jose Ponce)
KB — Vladimir Rizin 95 kickoff return (kick failed)
R — Joe Lang 29 run (Ponce kick)
R — Corbin Christensen 14 pass from Kaden Jenks (Ponce kick)
R — S.Christensen 40 run (Ponce kick)
R — Danny Cuevas 5 run (Ponce kick)
R — S.Christensen 70 punt return (Ponce kick)
R — Lang 6 run (Ponce kick)
R — Sawyer Stakkeland 41 pass from Jenks (Ponce kick)
RUSHING — KB, Jacob Trujillo 2-minus 1; Danny Haller 14-23; Trey Manson 2-12, V.Rizin 1-1.
PASSING — KB, Manson 9-20-2-120.
RECEIVING — KB, V.Rizin 5-83, Andrei Illin 1-8, Haller 1-10, Avery Berryhill 2-19.
11-DIVE MEET IN EAST WENATCHEE: Kennewick’s Anna Hall scored 297.15 points to beat Southridge’s Cleo Tolman (199.30) in the Class 3A competition at Eastmont.
In the 4A meet, Sunnyside’s Lexi Leon (211.50) and Lia Anderson (193.70) were sixth and seventh.
Columbia Basin College lost to Olympic (25-13, 25-14, 25-21) and Bellevue (25-13, 25-19, 25-15) on the first day of the Chemeketa Crossover Tournament in Salem, Ore.
At the Lower Columbia Crossover Tournament in Longview, Walla Walla fell to Linn-Benton (25-17, 25-17) and Shoreline (22-25, 25-20, 15-13).
A group of parents sued the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association over alleged religious discrimination because they said the governing body of the state’s high school athletic programs refused to restructure the state volleyball tournament in Yakima.
Eleven parents representing 12 student-athletes from Northwest Yeshiva High School (Mercer Island), Walla Walla Adventist Academy and Puget Sound Adventist Academy (Kirkland) filed suit in King County Superior Court on Thursday, said Heather Jacobson, who was among those filing suit and whose daughter plays for Northwest Yeshiva.
Schools that observe the Sabbath on Saturday cannot participate in most of the Class 1A/2B/1B state volleyball tournament, which occurs Friday and Saturday in mid-November at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Parents representing 15 students sent a letter to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the WIAA on Sept. 8 requesting a change to the format to accommodate schools that observe the Sabbath on Saturday. Such schools, which are represented in Class 2B and 1B, do not participate in sports beginning Friday at sundown through Saturday at sundown.