Blue Devils seek four-game streak


Area Prep Football Standings


Mid-Columbia Conference

League Overall

Chiawana (4A) 4-0 5-0

Richland (4A) 3-1 4-1

Kamiakin (3A) 2-1 4-1

Walla Walla (4A) 2-1 3-2

Southridge (3A) 2-2 3-2

Hanford (3A) 1-3 2-3

Kennewick (3A) 0-3 1-4

Pasco (4A) 0-3 0-5

Friday, October 11

Kamiakin at Chiawana 7 p.m.

Richland at Kennewick 7 p.m.

Pasco at Walla Walla 7 p.m.

Southridge at Hermiston 7 p.m.

Post Falls at Hanford 7 p.m.

Big Nine Conference

League Overall

Eisenhower (4A) 3-1 4-1

Moses Lake (4A) 3-1 4-1

Wenatchee (4A) 3-1 3-2

Davis (4A) 1-3 1-4

Sunnyside (3A) 0-0 0-5

Eastmont (4A) 0-4 1-4

Friday, October 11

Sunnyside at Moses Lake 7 p.m.

Eastmont at Davis 7 p.m.

Eisenhower at Wenatchee 7 p.m.

Southeast 2B League

League Overall

Tri-Cities Prep 1-0 3-1

Waitsburg-Prescott 1-0 3-1

Asotin 1-1 3-2

DeSales 1-1 3-2

Dayton 0-2 0-4

Southeast 1B

League Overall

Liberty Christian 2-0 4-0

Colton 2-0 4-1

Sunnyside Christian 2-0 4-1

Pomeroy 1-0 2-3

St. John-Endicott 0-2 2-2

Touchet 1-1 4-1

Garfield-Palouse 0-2 0-4

LaCrosse-Washtucna 0-2 0-4

Rosalia N/A 2-1

Friday, October 11

Colton at Touchet 7 p.m.

Garfield-Palouse at St.John-Endicott 7 p.m.

Pomeroy at LaCrosse-Wastucna 7 p.m.

Liberty Christian at Sunnyside Christian 7 p.m.

Greater Oregon League

League Overall

Mac-Hi 0-0 2-3

Baker 0-0 2-4

Ontario 0-0 1-4

La Grande 0-0 0-5

Friday, October 11

LaGrande at Baker 7 p.m.

Ontario at McLoughlin 7 p.m.

Blue Mountain Conference

League Overall

Grant Union 3-0 5-0

Heppner 3-0 5-0

Stanfield 3-0 5-0

Weston-McEwen 2-1 2-3

Irrigon 1-2 4-2

Union 0-3 2-3

Enterprise 0-3 1-4

Pilot Rock 0-3 0-5

Friday October 11

Grant Union at Pilot Rock 7 p.m.

Stanfield at Heppner 7 p.m.

Union at Weston-McEwen 7 p.m.

Irrigon at Enterprise 7 p.m.

WALLA WALLA — A victory by shutout in its last outing — a 28-0 blanking of Kennewick — and a three-game winning streak.

That kind of success is the kind the Wa-Hi football program has not experienced since 2009.

Those are credentials the Blue Devils hope to build on during their homecoming game with Mid-Columbia Conference rival Pasco on Friday night at Borleske Stadium.

Wa-Hi (2-1 MCC, 3-2 overall) takes the field on Friday with a great deal of confidence, coach Eric Hisaw said, and a chance to fashion the program’s first four-game winning streak since 2002.

“You can hear the excitement in the kids’ voices,” Hisaw said. “There are a lot of good things going on.”

One of the good things is the play of the Blue Devil defense. Wa-Hi is second in the MCC in yards allowed (1,425), passing yards yielded (765), and points given up (73).

Wa-Hi gave up just 178 yards and forced five turnovers — including four interceptions — in its victory over Kennewick.

“The kids believe in what’s being taught,” Hisaw said. “They trust the heck out of one another. It’s really cool.

“They’re playing like a team that wants the ball right now,” said Hisaw, whose team has recorded 13 takeaways in its last two games. “They have an expectation of getting the ball back (for the offense).”

Darnell Handcox had three of the Blue Devils’ four picks against Kennewick to bring his league-leading total of thefts to five.

Wa-Hi showed it has the potential of producing big plays on offense in the Kennewick game. Quarterback Zach Zehner threw touchdown passes of 74 yards to running back Stuart Gillin and 31 yards to tight end Gerardo Gomez, and Noah Porter added a 78-yard TD run. All of the long-distance efforts occurred in the second quarter.

Zehner completed passes to seven different receivers in the contest.

“We have the people to be explosive,” Hisaw said. “We’re not one dimensional. We’re becoming harder to defend. Opponents have to prepare for more than one person.

“I think our best football is yet to come,” he said. “We need to be more consistent.”

During this festive week, Hisaw is encouraging his players to put the team ahead of potential homecoming distractions.

“It’s about priorities,” Hisaw said. “We want the kids to be a part of the activities, but we talked to them about doing the right thing.”

While the Blue Devils have basked in the spotlight of victory in recent weeks, the same cannot be said for their Friday opponent. Pasco is 0-2 in the MCC and 0-5 overall. The Bulldogs rank seventh in the league in offense and last in defense.

That’s not to say that Pasco lacks capable athletes. Receiver Roger Ingram leads MCC receivers with 23 receptions (for 237 yards) and is third in all-purpose yards (687).

Bulldog quarterback Kolby Killoy has thrown for 400 yards and three touchdowns.

“When we played them last year, it was the most physical game we had,” Hisaw said. “They’ve had moments when they’ve been awfully good, and moments when they’ve not been so good.

“On offense, they spread you out and run a one-back set,” he said. “They pose some legitimate problems. You need to know where people are at all times and take care of business.

“They are tough on defense,” Hisaw said. “Their corners are athletic and their linebackers blitz quite a bit. They come after you.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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