Chiawana clinches playoffs with win over Southridge
KENNEWICK — It should surprise exactly no one that Chiawana Riverhawks came back big in the second half Friday night after falling behind by two scores early to Southridge.
After all, they have been climbing out of a big hole all season.
Austin Urlacher ran for 154 yards and a touchdown as a second-half injury replacement, Chiawana’s defense slammed the door shut after the break, and Logan Ellsworth kicked a 29-yard field goal with in the final minute to lead the Riverhawks to a 17-14 win over the Suns at Lampson Stadium.
The victory combined with Walla Walla’s 35-33 loss to Kamiakin locked up a playoff berth for Chiawana (5-3, 3-3 Mid-Columbia), which has won five straight after an 0-3 start.
“We have the mentality that we never quit, that the game’s never over until (the clock) is :00,” said Riverhawks quarterback Joey Zamora, who is the epitome of comeback after throwing a pick-six at the Southridge 5 on the game’s first drive.
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