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Game Recap September 1, 2012

There is winning ugly and there is losing ugly and the Richland Bombers almost did both in one game.

I have taken stats for Richland football since September of 1989 and the one thing I have learned is that numbers don't lie. The Southridge Suns had the ball for 76 plays, Richland had 44. The Suns had 279 yards of total offense and the bombers had 90 yards. The only statistical category the Bombers won on the night was punts with nine over the Suns six.

The first half of the game felt more like a soccer game and ended in a Sounder-like fashion tied at 0-0.The second half really didn't feel much different though with 7:28 remaining in the third quarter, Southridge broke the tie when Connor Mertens connected on a 37 yard field goal.

Into the fourth quarter, Southridge was starting to take command and embarked on a methodical march down the field doing a great job of both chewing up yardage at 3 to 4 yards at a time and counting down the seconds. But on the 17th play of the drive Bennett Peterson stepped in front of a Grant Lathim pass and sprinted down the field 85 yards for a Bomber touchdown and a 7-3 lead. Finally, the Bombers seemed to have found some life.

On the next drive, Southridge could not muster any offense and were forced to punt. Unfortunately as was the story the entire game to this point, the Bomber offense could not muster the needed offense to chew up the clock.

The Suns had one last shot at the win with less than two minues remaining and started throwing the ball around the field, first to Clay Gonzales for 18 yards and then a few plays later to Brendon Kelly for 34 more yards deep in Richland territory. The Bomber defense then stiffened again and knocked the Suns back with two consecutive sacks and the Suns looked all but dead.

With one play remaining in the game, Lathim rared back and spotted Kelly on the right hand side and lofted the ball. Two Bomber defenders looked to have the bead on the interception or to at least knock it down but in Harry Potter-like fashion, the ball landed in Kelly's hands on the 10 and he split through the defenders for the winning touchdown. As you can expect, bedlam ensued.

The Bombers played inspired defense for 75 straight plays but play number 76 took the wind out of their sails.

As Coach Neidhold said in the postgame interview, though, it is better to lose one like this early then to lose it late. This is only the first game of the season and the Walla Walla Blue Devils are next on the docket. It is Richland's only true road trip of the season until the playoffs so I suggest you pack up the Wagon Queen Family Truckster and mosey on down to wine country for some high school football at Borleske Stadium. 7:00PM, don't be late!

See you next week! Go Bombers!

  • August 31, 2012
    1
    2
    3
    4
     
    Final
  • Richland Bombers
    0
    0
    0
    7
     
    7
  • Southridge Suns
    0
    0
    3
    6
     
    9
  • 3rd Quarter
  • Field Goal: Connor Mertens 37 yard field goal
    Southridge 3, Richland 0
  • 4th Quarter
  • Touchdown: Bennett Peterson 85 yard interception return (kick good)
    Richland 7, Southridge 3
  • Touchdown: Brendon Kelly 34 yard pass from Grant Lathim
    Southridge 9, Richland 7

Friday September 22, 2017 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 63
    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 14
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday September 23, 2016 Fran Rish Stadium

  • Homecoming 2016

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 10
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 26
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Thursday October 29, 2015 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 28
    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 2
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday October 31, 2014 Fran Rish Stadium

  • Halloween

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 3
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 14
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday September 6, 2013 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 27
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday August 31, 2012 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 9
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday September 7, 2007 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 12
    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Garrick Redden

2006

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 20
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 21
  • Head Coach: Garrick Redden

2005

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 28
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 3
  • Head Coach: Garrick Redden

2004

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 42
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

2001

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 16
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 31
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

2000

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 14
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 53
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

1999

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 31
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

1998

    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 35
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 38
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Southridge High School
Southridge High School
3320 Southridge Boulevard
Kennewick, WA
Mascot: Suns
  • Bombers v. Suns
  •  
    Games
    Bombers
    Suns
  • Wins
    11
    344
    135
  • Losses
    3
    17
    79
  • Overall
    14
    361
    214
  • Records by Head Coach
  •  
    Wins
    Losses
    Ties
  • Mike Neidhold
    5
    1
    0
  • Lonnie Pierson
    4
    1
    0
  • Garrick Redden
    2
    1
    0
Neil F. Lampson Stadium