The Hermiston Bulldogs were pulled back to earth Friday night by the Kennewick Lions.
After winning their first two Mid-Columbia Conference games, the Bulldogs dropped a 26-25 game to the Lions. A chance to win the game late was foiled as a bad snap on a 38-yard field goal attempt by Juan Carlos Navarrete with 50.2 seconds left on the clock gave Kennewick its first win of the season.
“That’s part of football,” Hermiston coach David Faaeteete said. “We didn’t do a good job of bouncing back after a big win over Richland last week. Kennewick is a good football team and they came to play.”
The Lions, who blocked two PATs, recorded a safety, and ran a fake punt for a touchdown, scored with 4:13 left in the fourth quarter to take a 26-25 lead.
“We needed every play today,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “We just beat a good football team. I couldn’t be more proud of our boys.”
Kennewick freshman Myles Mayovsky, who ran for 169 yards on the night, scored the final touchdown, and Ethan Woolery put the PAT though the uprights for the one-point lead.
“He has been the man since he was 5 years old,” Templeton said of Mayovsky.
Trailing 13-10 at the half, the Lions turned a fourth-and-6 at the Hermiston 48 into a fake punt. Talon LaFontaine connected with Blaine Chavez for a touchdown and a 17-13 lead.
Wyatt Noland, who ran for 120 yards on the night, picked up 25 for a Bulldogs’ touchdown on the ensuing possession, but a blocked PAT left Hermiston with a 19-17 lead.
With 9:47 remaining in regulation, the Lions took down Andrew James in the end zone to tie the score at 19.
Hermiston went back out front 25-19 as James ran the ball in from 13 yards out. The Bulldogs went for two, but the pass failed.
“That’s the way football goes,” Faaeteete said. “Our kids will be hungry next week (at Walla Walla). We will learn from our loss and poor execution. This is just a bump in the road.”
The Bulldogs took a 13-10 lead at the half with both teams getting big yardage out of their signature backs.
Hermiston’s Noland ran for 84 yards on 10 carries and helped set up the Bulldogs’ first touchdown, a 21-yard pass from James to Jordan Ramirez 3 1/2 minutes into the game.
Mayovsky, who had 94 yards in the first half, had two runs of 14 yards on Kennewick’s first drive that put the Lions in the red zone.
JJ Rodriguez ran the ball in from 10 yards out for a 7-7game with 4:37 left in the first.
The Bulldogs struck once again in the first to take a 13-7 lead.
After Kennewick turned the ball over on downs deep in its own end, Hermiston scored two plays later as James connected with Youbani Razon for a 10-yard scoring pass. The kicked was block.
The Lions came back with a 27-yard field goal from Ethan Woolery to pull within 13-10.
Kennewick 7 3 7 9 - 26
Hermiston 13 0 6 6 - 25
H - Jordan Ramirez 21 catch from Andrew James (Juan Carlos Navarrete kick)
K - JJ Rodriguez 10 run (Ethan Woolery kick)
H - Youbani Razon 10 pass from James (kick blocked)
K - FG 27 Woolery
K - Blaine Chavez 43 pass from Talon LaFontaine (Woolery kick)
H - Wyatt Noland 25 run (kick blocked)
K - Safety, James tackled in end zone
H - James 13 run (pass failed)
K - Myles Mayovsky 15 run (Woolery kick)
Passing – HHS, Andrew James 11-22-1-158, KHS, Blaine Chavez 4-9-1-82, Talon LaFontaine 1-1-0-43.
Rushing – HHS Wyatt Noland 17-120, Andrew James 16-86, KHS, Myles Mayovsky 24-169, Ethan
Woolery 4-24, JJ Rodriguez 11-45, Brayden McCarley 1-(-1), Talon LaFontain 1-4, Blain Chavez 10-6
Receiving – HHS Jordan Ramirez 2-36, Youbani Razon 3-38, Garrett Walchli 1-26, Wyatt Noland 1-26,
Trevor Wagner 2-30, Ryan Arnold 1-5, KHS, Talon LaFontaine 1-6, Atticus Templeton 2-64, Blaine Chavez 1-44, Ethan Woolery 1-12.