KENNEWICK — When Brandon Porter bolted into the end zone from 1-yard out, and Dean Atkinson booted the extra point, Wa-Hi owned a 35-14 lead with 7:47 on the third-quarter clock here Friday night at Lampson Stadium.
Then Kamiakin’s Corey Hutchison , after what seemed like an endless flurry of passes and catches, put 21 points on the board in the fourth quarter to tie the games at 35-35.
The Braves’ Garrett Bowe then booted a 30-yard field goal in overtime for a Braves’ 38-35 Big Nine Conference Cascade Division football victory over the Blue Devils.
Kamiakin improved to 4-1 in the division (4-2 overall) and owns second place in the standings. Wa-Hi dropped to 3-2 in the division (3-3 overall).
"We feel terrible," Wa-Hi coach Marc Yonts said. "We played well in the first half, and they outplayed us in the (fourth quarter). But I feel like we had a great effort.
"They got us on the ropes a little bit," he continued. "They changed up at halftime. I don’t think defensively I adjusted very well at calling the defenses.
"They got a couple scores quick in the fourth quarter, then we got caught in a little bit of an avalanche," Yonts said. "I feel bad. The kids had a great effort. I just don’t think we had a good enough defensive plan.
"We banked the house on getting defensive pressure (on Hutchison)," Yonts continued. "And when we didn’t do that, it put our kids in a tough spot. I feel bad for that. Our kids deserved to win."
Wa-Hi led 28-14 at halftime and kept the Braves at bay for all of the third quarter to take a 35-14 lead. But Hurtchison connected for 12 of his 26 completions in the final 12 minutes.
He tossed a 9-yard TD pass to Tyler Holle, a 5-yard TD pass to Tyler Wolf and a 13-yard TD pass to White in the final 9:23 of the game.
Kamiakin had the ball on the Wa-Hi 49-yard line with 35 seconds to go in regulation play, but Gary Winston intercepted a Hutchison pass at the Wa-Hi 43.
Wa-Hi ran one play as regulation time ran out.
In the overtime, Kamiakin had the first possession on the 25-yard line, and eventually hit the 30-yard field goal on fourth down.
Wa-Hi ran two plays on its possession, but a Braves’ interception at the goal line ended the game.
Kamiakin kicked off to open the game. The Braves took over on downs at their own 21-yard line after Wa-Hi ran 12 plays.
Kamiakin scored in seven plays for a 7-0 lead, with 3:12 on the clock, when Hutchison connected with Tim White on a 45-yard touchdown play and Bowe booted the PAT.
Then Wa-Hi took control.
The Blue Devils defense harassed quarterback Hutchison and White enough to keep them from scoring.
Aaron Flippo and Morgan Maddess each snagged an interception. Maddess picked off his toss after Moe Handcox hit Hutchison’s passing arm and deflected the ball.
Eric Eastman, Porter, Ryan James, Flippo, Austin Schilling, Jake Crawford, Nick Zollman, Zach Summerlin and Winston all contributed to the defensive effort.
And the Blue Devil offensive engine clicked on all cylinders.
Quarterback Michael Weisner tossed 23 yards to Handcox for a touchdown, narrowing the gap to 7-6 when the PAT kick failed with 1:29 left in the first quarter.
Weisner connected with Winston on a 44-yard TD, and Schilling ran in for the two points and a 14-7 Wa-Hi lead with 5:00 on the second-quarter clock.
Winston then caught a Weisner pass in the back of the end zone with 2:35 on the clock for a 20-7 Wa-Hi lead, with the PAT try sailing wide right.
With 1:10 left in the first half, Kamiakin closed the spread to 20-14 with a 16-yard Hutchison-to-White aerial and a Bowe extra-point boot.
Kamiakin kicked off, and Wa-Hi moved the ball to the Braves’ 42-yard line before punting. Matt Watson’s kick bounced on the Braves’ 2-yard line, and a Kamiakin player touched the ball, as if to down it.
A Blue Devil picked it up, and Wa-Hi had a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line with 13 seconds on the clock.
With 8.9 seconds, Wa-Hi drew a penalty and faced a first-and-goal at the 7.
Weisner scrambled to his right to avoid a rush. Apparently trapped, he shoveled an underhanded lob over a pair of defenders for about 15 yards to Winston deep in the end zone.
Winston pulled in the pass for the TD and Schilling ran in the two-point conversion with 1 second left in the half for a 28-14 Wa-Hi lead.
Then Porter capped a 53-yard, six-play drive with the 1-yard plunge and Wa-Hi’s 35-14 lead in the third period.
Porter led all rushers with 67 yards on 10 carries.
Wa-Hi totaled 170 yards on the ground to 28 net yards for the Braves.
Weisner completed 13-of-31 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns. He had two interceptions.
Dom Davis led Kamiakin rushers with 13 carries for 61 yards.
With Wa-Hi sacks, Hutchison, ended up with minus-33 yards rushing.
Hutchison completed 26-of-46 passes for 307 yards and 5 TDs, with three interceptions.
Kamiakin’s White caught 10 passes for 191 and three TDs.
Wa-Hi 6 22 7 0 0 — 35
Kamiakin 7 7 0 21 3 — 38
Kam — White 45 pass from Hutchison (Bowe kick).
WW — Handcox 23 pass from Weisner (kick blocked).
WW — Winston 44 pass from Weisner (Schilling run).
WW — Winston 32 pass from Weisner (kick failed).
Kam — White 16 pass from Hutchison (Bowe kick).
WW — Winston 7 pass from Weisner (Schilling run).
WW — Porter 1 run (Arkinson kick).
Kam — Holle 9 pass from Hutchison (Bowe kick).
Kam — Wolfe 5 pass from Hutchison (Bowe kick).
Kam — White 13 pass from Hutchison (Bowe kick).
Kam — FG Bowe 30.
First downs 18 19
Rushes/yards 35-170 18-28
Passing yards 227 307
Passes (att-comp-int) 31-13-2 46-26-3
Punts 5-35 4-29.2
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 10-95 4-40
RUSHING — Wa-Hi: Schilling 18-47, Porter 10-67, Winston 2-34, Weisner 5-22; Kamiakin: Davis 13-61, Hurtchison 5-(-33).
PASSING — Wa-Hi: Weisner 13-31-2, 227 yards, 4 Tds; Kamiakin: Hurtchison 26-46-3, 307 yards, 5 Tds.
RECEIVING — Wa-Hi: Crawford 2-31-0, Handcox 3-65-1, Schilling 1-(-3)-0, Winston 5-120-3, Zollman 1-7-0, Flippo 1-7-0; Kamiakin: White 10-191-3, Holle 6-51-1, Griffiths 3-23-0. Umemoto 2-20-0, Davis 1-6-0, Heath 1-7-0, Wolf 3-9-1.
Big Nine Conference
W L W L
Eisenhower 5 0 5 1
Kamiakin 4 1 4 2
Richland 3 2 3 3
Wa-Hi 3 2 3 3
Eastmont 2 3 2 4
Hanford 1 4 2 4
Chiawana 1 4 1 5
West Valley 1 4 1 5
Eisenhower 41, West Valley 14
Hanford 21, Eastmont 14
Kamiakin 38, Wa-Hi 35 (OT)
Richland 14, Chiawana 6
Friday, Oct. 16
Chiawana at Wa-Hi, 7:30 p.m.
Hanford at Eisenhower, 7:30 p.m.
Kamiakin at Richland, 7:30 p.m.
West Valley at Eastmont, 7:30 p.m.