Top-ranked Riverhawks invade Borleske


Area prep standings

Mid-Columbia Conference

League Overall

Chiawana (4A) 6-0 7-1

Richland (4A) 5-1 7-1

Kamiakin (3A) 4-2 6-2

Walla Walla (4A) 4-2 5-3

Southridge (3A) 2-4 4-4

Kennewick (3A) 2-4 3-5

Hanford (3A) 1-5 2-6

Pasco (4A) 0-6 0-8

Friday’s Games

Chiawana at Wa-Hi, 7 p.m.

Richland at Pasco, 7 p.m.

Southridge at Hanford, 7 p.m.

Kennewick at Kamiakin, 7 p.m.

Big Nine Conference

League Overall

Wenatchee (4A) 6-1 6-2

Moses Lake (4A) 5-2 6-2

Eisenhower (4A) 4-3 5-3

Davis (4A) 3-4 3-5

Eastmont (4A) 1-6 2-6

Sunnyside (3A) 0-3 0-8

Friday’s Games

Eastmont at Wenatchee, 7 p.m.

Eisenhower at Sunnyside, 7 p.m.

Moses Lake at Davis, 7 p.m.

Southeast 2B League

League Overall

Tri-Cities Prep 2-1 5-2

Waitsburg-Prescott 2-1 5-2

Asotin 2-1 5-2

DeSales 2-1 4-3

Dayton 0-4 1-6

Mabton N/A 1-5

Friday’s Games

DeSales at Asotin, 7 p.m.

Waitsburg-Prescott at Tri-Cities Prep, 7 p.m.

Mabton at Dayton (NL), 7 p.m.

Southeast 1B League

League Overall

Touchet 4-1 7-1

Liberty Christian 4-1 7-1

Colton 4-1 6-2

Sunnyside Christian 3-2 6-2

Pomeroy 2-3 3-5

Garfield-Palouse 2-3 2-5

St. John-Endicott 0-5 2-6

Lacrosse-Washtucna 0-5 0-7

Friday’s Games

St. John-Endicott at Colton, 7 p.m.

Garfield-Palouse at Sunnyside Christian, 7 p.m.

Liberty Christian at Lacrosse-Washtucna, 7 p.m.

Pomeroy at Touchet, 2:30 p.m.

Greater Oregon League

League Overall

Ontario 3-0 4-4

Baker 2-1 4-5

La Grande 1-2 2-6

Mac-Hi 0-3 2-6

Friday’s Games

Cascade at Baker, 7 p.m.

Blue Mountain Conference

League Overall

Heppner 6-0 8-0

Grant Union 5-1 7-1

Weston-McEwen 5-1 5-3

Stanfield 3-3 5-3

Irrigon 2-4 5-4

Enterprise 2-4 3-5

Pilot Rock 0-6 0-8

Friday’s Games

Enterprise at Stanfield, 7 p.m.

Pilot Rock at Union, 7 p.m.

Grant Union at Irrigon, 7 p.m.

Heppner at Weston-McEwen, 7 p.m.

WALLA WALLA — Mid-Columbia Conference-leading Chiawana (6-0 MCC, 7-1 overall), which boasts the league’s top-ranked offense and defense, invades Borleske Stadium Friday night to do battle with a Wa-Hi football team that is looking to bounce back after having a five-game winning streak snapped a week ago.

The Blue Devils (4-2, 5-3) are coming off a 40-20 loss at Kamiakin while the Riverhawks routed Southridge, 55-7.

Wa-Hi’s attitude leading up to Friday’s game has been good, according to coach Eric Hisaw.

“The kids are resilient,” Hisaw said. “They expected more (last week). The looks in their eyes told me that they were ready to get back to work.”

The Kamiakin loss served as a painful reminder of where the Blue Devils stood after starting the year 0-2, Hisaw said.

“We caused our own misfortune,” Hisaw said. “I don’t want to take anything away from Kamiakin, but we hurt ourselves more than they beat us up.

“There were self-inflicted wounds,” Hisaw said. “We ran five offensive plays in the third quarter and 14 in the second half. I felt bad for the kids. The score was not indicative of the game.”

A pair of injuries also helped to contribute to Wa-Hi’s woes. Wide receiver/defensive back Darnell Handcox and running back/linebacker Stuart Gillin were sidelined for all of the fourth quarter - Handcox with a mild concussion and Gillin with a bumb ankle. Both are probable for Friday’s clash, Hisaw said.

Blue Devil focus for Friday’s game will be zeroed in on team improvement rather than Chiawana firepower, Hisaw said.

“We have to be sharper and play better football in week nine than we did in week eight,” Hisaw said. “We’re not going to roll over and concede. We’re going to compete like crazy.”

Quarterback Zach Zehner’s 1,307 passing yards ranks fourth in the Mid-Columbia. Zehner, who has completed 111-of-202 passes and thrown 14 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions, is No. 4 in total offense (1,486 yards).

Two of the MCC’s top receivers wear Wa-Hi blue. Handcox is tied with Pasco’s Roger Ingram for the league lead in receptions (30) and has gained 365 yards on the grabs, five of which have gone for TDs.

Mitch Huffman is tied for third in the MCC with 28 catches and has gained 267 yards.

Hisaw describes the Riverhawks as “big, strong, physical and well-coached.” Chiawana has scored 347 points while its opponents have managed just 89.

Quarterback Joey Zamora has 91 completions this season on 154 passing attempts. He has thrown for 1,575 yards - second best in the league - and 13 touchdowns. Zamora, who has suffered just three interceptions, is third in the MCC in total offensive yards (1,553).

“He is a good pocket passer,” Hisaw said. “He has a great release. He runs well. He’s talented.”

The Riverhawks have two of the MCC’s top five rushers. Clifton Lozano is second with 1,052 yards and Austin Urlacher has gained 605. They have combined for 27 rushing touchdowns (Lozano 15, Urlacher 12).

Lozano is second in all-purpose yards (1,146) and scoring (96).

Deion Singleton, who has received numerous offers from Southeastern and Pac-12 Conference schools according to Hisaw, is both a receiving and all-purpose threat. Singleton, like Huffman, has 28 catches, but has netted 628 yards and five touchdowns. He is seventh on the MCC’s all-purpose yards list (868).

If special teams come into play on Friday, Chiawana sports the league’s top punter. Logan Ellsworth, who has kicked just 16 times this season, is averaging 40.4 yards per boot.

“Their kids have a lot of confidence,” Hisaw said. “They expect to win. They don’t beat themselves and don’t make a lot of mistakes.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


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