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Game Recap September 25, 2016

First half struggles continued for the Richland Bombers against the Southridge Suns, falling behind for the first time since the opening game against Skyline, but they toughed out a 26-10 win to remain undefeated. The Bombers failed to produce offensively, and for the second straight week went three-and-out on the first series. The short punt took a Southridge bounce and was fielded by a Southridge blocker who found himself with space and only two men to beat, Richland's coverage having already sped past the ball. Fortunately Jacob Stanfield dragged him down easily near the 45 yard line. Taking five plays to reach the 25, they kicked a field goal to put Richland behind by three, where they stayed all quarter. Despite not being able to score on a surprisingly tough Suns defense, there were a few highlight plays. Running back Ben Stanfield started off well, taking his first handoff for eleven yards, and escaping a tackler in the backfield and then using a spin move to gain five yards the next play. Alex Chapman caught the next pass in traffic, twisted out of a tackle, and dodged several defenders to gain 27 yards and a first down. On the next possession Ryan Piper muscled his way through a mob of tacklers for an extra ten yards after the catch, putting the ball at the 25 to end the quarter. Three plays into the second quarter Chapman suckered the secondary to get open, caught the ball at the 45, and took it the rest of the way to make the game 7-3 with 11 minutes to go in the half. More penalties and missed defensive assignments kept the Suns offense on the field but weren't a threat to score thanks to strong play by defensive ends Jacob Stanfield and Braden Powell, tackle Brigham Whitby, and linebacker Victor Strasser. Good special teams play kept the Suns on their own side of the field, with Ben Stanfield and sophomore Ryan Kriskovich preventing a punt return by tackling the return man as soon as he caught the ball. Chapman proved his worth on defense as well as offense, teaming up with Kyle Kirby to make a big stop for a loss on a pitch to the Southridge running back. The defense started stepping up the intensity with two minutes to go in the half when Jacob Stanfield shed his blocker and sacked Mason Martin at his own 15 for a ten yard loss. Two plays later defensive tackle Jax Lee went through nearly untouched, made a bee-line for Martin, grabbing him at the three yard line and tossing him into the endzone, although the ball was spotted at the five, forcing Southridge to punt from the endzone. A great catch-and-run by Chapman, a catch by Josh Mendoza aided by blocks from Whitby and sophomore lineman Aric Davison, and the Bombers were on the five yard line with 45 seconds left in the half. Piper was inexplicably wide open on a short slant to the inside, easily catching a pass from Stevens to go up 13-3.

The second half saw Southridge marching down the field with big runs against a defense resting key starters, eventually making it within ten yards of the endzone before the Bomber D decided to crack down. Aside from defensive stops, the third quarter had no points from the offense and very few bright spots. Running Back Parker McCary had a big run and a huge bomb to Gaven Brasker was called back on an ineligible receiver penalty. There wasn't much more than that. The fourth quarter came with increased intensity, probably due to the constant chipping and post-whistle shoving going on. Chapman caught his second touchdown and went over 100 yards receiving with a 30 yard catch in the back of the north endzone, barely scraping his toes on the grass as he caught the ball over his head. The extra point made it 20-3 with most of the fourth quarter remaining. Despite struggling in the air and having good success on the ground, Richland continued to pass instead of running the ball. The defense held their ground, defending against a tricky offense with very few weapons. Although Southridge only passes on about one third of their plays, and most of those being short passes at the line of scrimmage, the Richland secondary didn't go to sleep. Piper had a big play on fouth-and-one, sticking with his man and jumping up behind the receiver to bat the ball out of his hands. Whitby, Strasser, and McCary had big tackles in the fourth quarter, stopping runs that could have gone for far more. Strasser in particular proved his worth at linebacker in this game. Ben Stanfield, set up by big passes to Weisenfells, Kirby, and Kriskovich, scored the only touchdown on the ground, taking the option pitch on the left side, practically jogging into the endzone for Richland's final score. With the score 26-3, Southridge had little to no chance of coming back, but that didn't keep them from trying. Taking a short kickoff from Weisenfells, Brycen Kelly attempted a return but was leveled by Ben Stanfield and Kyle Kirby. Continuing to rest some starters, the Bomber D allowed the Suns to take the ball down the field, nearly stopping them at the 40 but taken in by a halfback pass to the 10. Martin ran it in from there to bring the score to 26-10 with 44 seconds remaining.

Southridge was the most physical team faced so far, matching Richland's intensity and taking their best shot at a win. Junior quarterback Mason Martin showed his toughness, and he will be dangerous next year as well. Richland's lowest scoring game came at the expense of the running game, Stanfield getting ten carries for 50 yards, McCary eight carries for 28, and Stevens scrambling six times for 21. With a massive O line and good runners it would be relatively easy for the Bombers to run up the score and get themselves a comfortable lead, but the coaches decided to air it out and work out kinks in the offense before playoff-relevant games.

Next up are the winless Pasco Bulldogs. Pasco hasn't put up a win against Richland since 2009, and although they are struggling so far this year, they always have some talent. The game starts at 7:00 at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

Go Bombers!

  • September 23, 2016
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    Final
  • Southridge Suns
    3
    0
    0
    7
     
    10
  • Richland Bombers
    0
    13
    0
    13
     
    26
  • 1st Quarter
  • Field Goal: Hunter Spiva 42 yards
    Southridge 3, Richland 0
  • 2nd Quarter
  • Touchdown: Alex Chapman 76 yard pass from Paxton Stevens (Adam Weissenfels kick)
    Richland 7, Southridge 3
  • Touchdown: Ryan Piper 6 yard pass from Stevens (snap fumbled)
    Richland 13, Southridge 3
  • 4th Quarter
  • Touchdown: Chapman 29 yard pass from Stevens (Weissenfels kick)
    Richland 20, Southridge 3
  • Touchdown: Ben Stanfield 2 yard run (kick failed)
    Richland 26, Southridge 3
  • Touchdown: Mason Martin 8 yard run (Spiva kick)
    Richland 26, Southridge 10

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