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  • Jenkins powers Chiawana to win over West Valley

    Chiawana coach Steve Graff and West Valley coach Dan Eyman have known each other for years, so nothing either team did Friday night was a surprise, except for the last play of the game.

    Chiawana sophomore Riley Cissne picked off a Brandon Battle pass and returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown with no time on the clock to help seal the Riverhawks’ 30-12 victory over the Rams.

    “I told him he should have taken a knee,” Graff told his former college roommate after the game. “That’s two ugly games in a row, but a win is a win.”

    The Riverhawks go into next week’s Mid-Columbia Conference opener against Kamiakin at Lampson Stadium with a 2-0 record, but Graff said his team needs to improve if they are going to be 3-0 after next Friday’s game.

    “Offensively, we need to execute better,” Graff said. “Our offensive line needs to do a better job of setting the tone. They were a little soft tonight. Defensively, we need to communicate better.”

     

    Senior Tayden Jenkins ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns against West Valley, and Ryan Lowry kicked a 34-yard field goal to account for the rest of the scoring.

    “Honestly, it wasn’t me, it was my offensive line,” Jenkins said.

    Whatever it was, it was effective.

    Trailing 6-3 early in the second quarter, Jenkins scored his first of the night on a 6-yard run to give Chiawana a 10-6 lead that they would not relinquish.

    His second touchdown came early in the fourth quarter on a drive that started at the West Valley 44-yard line after a 28-yard punt return by Cissne.

    A penalty to start the drive pushed the Riverhawks back in their own end, but Chiawana quickly made up the yards, getting a 12-yard run by Jenkins, a 25-yard pass play from Enoch Vargas to Daylen Storaci, and a 17-yard gain by Jenkins to land the ball at the Rams’ 5-yard line.

    Jenkins took the ball over the goal line on the ensuing play, and after Lowry made good on the PAT, the Riverhawks had a 17-6 lead.

    “Those two plays, he got big blocks up front,” Graff said of Jenkins. “I thought Enoch did a good job with the ball today.”

    The Rams never backed down, but they dug themselves a hole on the next series that was too deep to get out of.

    Deep in their end, Battle hit Jack Vandebrake with a 28 yard pass, and two plays later hit a receiver at the Chiawana 1-yard line, only to have the 41-yard play wiped out with a chop block penalty.

    An illegal motion and a holding penalty had the Rams back on their side of the field and punting.

    West Valley pulled within 17-12 with 4:15 left in the game on a Battle 10-yard touchdown run, but Chiawana scored twice more to pull away.

    The Riverhawks found themselves at the their own 7-yard line to start their next series, but Jenkins soon had them into Rams territory with an 86-yard run up the middle of the field.

    It looked as if Jenkins would take the ball to the end zone, but Jamie Plumlee caught him from behind and brought him down at the West Valley 6.

    “I was cramping up there at the end,” Jenkins said of his long run. “I need to put in more conditioning.”

    Ethan Garcia picked up 5 yards on two carries, and Jenkins punched it in from the 1 for a 24-12 game.

    “On that last touchdown, I followed Joey Aikala’s big butt into the end zone,” Jenkins said.

    Cissne’s pick-six — his first high school touchdown — was the icing on the cake for the Riverhawks.

    “It was a pretty telegraphed pass,” Cisnee said of the play. “I find myself in the right spots and I get pretty lucky. I knew the game was over, I was just trying to get to the end zone. There was a lot of adrenaline going.”

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  • Riverhawks Move Up to #9

    Chiawana, which came in at No. 10 in the first week of the poll, moved up to No. 9 after a convincing 24-14 victory over Moses Lake last week.

    Prep Polls

    Class 4A

    1. Camas (7)

    1-0

    97

    2. Sumner (1)

    1-0

    85

    3. Richland (1)

    1-0

    79

    4. Woodinville (1)

    1-0

    63

    5. Graham-Kapowsin

    1-0

    56

    6. Gonzaga Prep

    0-1

    47

    7. Lake Stevens

    1-0

    41

    8. Skyview

    1-0

    34

    9. Chiawana

    1-0

    23

    10. Bothell

    0-1

    7

    Prep Polls

     

    Class 4A

    1. Camas (7)

    1-0

    97

    2. Sumner (1)

    1-0

    85

    3. Richland (1)

    1-0

    79

    4. Woodinville (1)

    1-0

    63

    5. Graham-Kapowsin

    1-0

    56

    6. Gonzaga Prep

    0-1

    47

    7. Lake Stevens

    1-0

    41

    8. Skyview

    1-0

    34

    9. Chiawana

    1-0

    23

    10. Bothell

    0-1

    7

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  • Garcia, Jenkins power Chiawana past Moses Lake in opener

    The first game of the season is never pretty, but sometimes ugly gets the job done.

    The Chiawana Riverhawks got two touchdowns from Ethan Garcia, and overcame some big penalties to hold off Moses Lake 24-14 on Friday night at Edgar Brown Stadium.

    “Some was good and some was bad,” Chiawana coach Steve Graff said. “We can’t have that many penalties (9 for 84 yards). We didn’t mess around either, we got the 15 yard ones.”

    Garcia ran for scores of 1 and 3 yards, and Tayden Jenkins sealed the win with a 36-yard touchdown with 2:52 remaining in the game.

    Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article170946222.html#storylink=cpy

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  • Experienced line will set the tone for Riverhawks

    By Annie Fowler August 28, 2017 4:06 PM

    A good football team is built on a strong foundation.

    For the Chiawana Riverhawks, that’s the big boys in the trenches.

    “I think that is the key,” Chiawana coach Steve Graff said. “They are a solid group that has been through everything. You have a good offensive and defensive line, that’s where it starts.”

    Not only do the Riverhawks have experience on their side when it comes to the big men up front (four guys who have started for three years), but they also have size.

    It all starts with returning all-conference first teamers Josh Alvarez (sr., 6-4, 285) and AJ Vongphachanh (jr., 6-3, 220), and second-team picks Ford Powers (sr., 6-2, 215, and in case you are wondering, he drives a Chevy) and Julian Benitez (sr., 6-0, 250). Toss in junior tackle Zayne Maughan (6-4, 260) and senior guard Joey Aikala (6-4, 345), and things just keep getting better.

    “Julian, Josh and I have played together since the seventh grade,” Powers said. “We are really excited with the guys we have coming up like Zayne. They are very good, and we are excited to have them.”
    Growing pains

    Powers knows he and his linemates will have to hold the line for rookie senior quarterback Enoch Vargas (no relation to former running back Andrew Vargas) and running backs Ethan Garcia (sr., 5-11, 185), Tayden Jenkins (sr., 5-7, 160) and sophomore Gabe Schilz (5-10, 145), who was one of the top sprinters in the Mid-Columbia Conference last spring.

    “We will see who will be the front runner after the first couple of games,” Graff said. “We’d like to be 50/50 with the run and the pass, but we will take what they give us. If they put nine in the box, we have to throw. We have to be able to execute that. (Vargas) didn’t have a good spring, but he is getting better and better as we go.”


    That’s were the line comes in.

    “We know it is a repetition thing,” Powers said. “They don’t have the varsity reps that we do, or the experience we do. We are trying to ease them into the speed of things, the flow of things, and how we run our offense. Once we do a good job of that this next week, we will be ready for the rest of the season.”

    Defensively, Graff and his staff still are working out the kinks. Everyone knows he has an ace or two up his sleeve, but the cagey veteran coach never gives away his secrets.

    “We have a lot of unknowns,” Graff said. “We have spots in the secondary and at linebacker that need some work. We need better communication between the line and linebackers. We still have a week.”

    We’d like to be 50/50 with the run and the pass, but we will take what they give us. If they put nine in the box, we have to throw. We have to be able to execute that.

    Chiawana coach Steve Graff

    While the Riverhawks have a few question marks remaining on offense and defense, they’re special teams appear to be squared away. Kicker Ryan Lowry returns (second team all-MCC), and punter Elijah Perez can boot the ball a country mile.
    Quest for a league title

    The Riverhawks finished last season with a 9-2 record, relying heavily on running back Andrew Vargas — who rushed for 2,538 yards and 39 touchdowns, — and a defense that gave up just 216.9 yards a game (No. 2 in MCC).

    Chiawana’s lone conference loss was to Richland, a 21-14 setback in Week 8. The Riverhawks’ second loss was in the first round of the state playoffs, 38-28 to Skyview, which Richland beat 35-7 in the 4A state semifinals.

    “We had such a good team last year, and we went 9-2,” Powers said. “It’s incentive for this year. We won the league title when we were freshmen, but we weren’t really part of that. I know we have what it takes to compete. The big thing comes down to execution. You can have all the fire in the world, but if you don’t put any points on the board, you aren’t going to win. Once we get the execution part down, we will be ready to take on Richland for the league title.”

    The Riverhawks open the season Friday, hosting Moses Lake. Chiawana plays at Richland on Oct. 20.

    Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article169878432.html#storylink=cpy

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School Name*W-L*Pct.*PF*PAW-LPct.PFPAStrk
Hanford1-01.0004262-10.66790371 W
Richland1-01.0004872-01.00072282 W
Kamiakin1-01.00026203-01.000110393 W
Southridge1-01.00039272-10.66783761 W
Chiawana0-10.00020262-10.66774521 L
Pasco0-10.00027390-30.000531053 L
Walla Walla0-10.0006420-30.0006973 L
Kennewick0-10.0007481-20.33366761 L