GAME 1: Friday September 2, 2016 — Fran Rish Stadium
    • Skyline
      Spartans
    • 27
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 38
  • Richland 38, Skyline 27

    The 2015 season ended with Richland High in third place and Skyline High School in second, both defeated by a loaded Gonzaga Prep championship team. Both teams lost plenty of important starters. Both teams were ranked in the top 5 in multiple pre-season rankings. The game itself didn't disappoint. The opening kickoff ended in a collision between senior returner Ben Stanfield and a Skyli
GAME 2: Friday September 9, 2016 — The Apple Bowl
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 40
    • Wenatchee
      Panthers
    • 12
  • Richland 40, Wenatchee 12

    Despite knocking off a top-ranked West side team in week one, grabbing the top ranking, and thoroughly dominating a former Big Nine opponent, the Richland Bombers are not yet playing like a well-oiled machine. Week two against Wenatchee, in Wenatchee, showed there is plenty of room for improvement. The Wenatchee Panthers put up a fight, despite being overmatched, but the 40-12 final s
GAME 3: Thursday September 15, 2016 — Neil F. Lampson Stadium
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 40
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
  • Richland 40, Kennewick 0

    Being ranked number one is probably more of a curse than an honor, especially early in the season. Not only is every team looking to take down the top dog, but the adults in charge of the game tend to make sure number one doesn't take their high ranking to mean they can get away with anything. This seems to be a challenge the Richland Bombers are willing to take on, overcoming first half penalt
GAME 4: Friday September 23, 2016 — Fran Rish Stadium
    • Southridge
      Suns
    • 10
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 26
  • Richland 26, Southridge 10

    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 Southr

Homecoming 2016

GAME 5: Thursday September 29, 2016 — Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 47
    • Pasco
      Bulldogs
    • 0
  • Richland 47, Pasco 0

    The outcome of the game between the Pasco Bulldogs and the Richland Bombers was never really in doubt, but even the biggest underdogs have a chance. That's why they play the game. After taking the opening kickoff, it only took two plays for the Bombers to show who the underdog was. After getting to midfield on a pass to Adam Weisenfells, Paxton Stevens tossed a bomb to Alex Chapman streaking on
GAME 6: Friday October 7, 2016 — Neil F. Lampson Stadium
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 21
    • Kamiakin
      Braves
    • 20
  • Richland 21, Kamiakin 20

    This year's seniors were just freshmen in 2013 when Richland and Kamiakin played the epic barn burner, featuring four overtime periods and over 100 points combined. The 2016 game was also an overtime thriller, but with fewer barns burned. Bombers vs Braves never disappoints.The first half included zero points from either team, which normally indicates a defensive slugfest, but in th
GAME 7: Friday October 14, 2016 — Fran Rish Stadium
    • Walla Walla
      Blue Devils
    • 14
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 64
  • Richland 64, Walla Walla 14

    The 77th edition of the longstanding rivalry between Walla Walla High School and Richland High featured new high points for the series. Richland's 64 points is the most scored by either team since they began playing each other in 1945, and the 78 combined points is the highest total. Head coach Mike Neidhold is now 7-2 against the Blue Devils, the best winning percentage of any head coach in Ri
GAME 8: Friday October 21, 2016 — Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 21
    • Chiawana
      Riverhawks
    • 14
  • Richland 21, Chiawana 14

    The final score of a game doesn't always give an accurate depiction of that game. Bombers vs Riverhawks 2016 was one of those games. Both teams were undefeated, both had a high scoring offense, both had a tough defense that hadn't allowed many points, and both teams were ranked in the top five in the state. Since both teams had already secured playoff spots, this game would be for playoff seedi
GAME 9: Friday October 28, 2016 — Fran Rish Stadium
    • Hanford
      Falcons
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 49
  • Richland 49, Hanford 7

    There was little suspense leading up to this game, and not much during it. The Richland Bombers were expected to beat the Hanford Falcons and they did. The undefeated and two-time Mid-Columbia Conference champion Bombers didn't have much to fear from the Falcons, having won only two conference games and bringing a run of defensive bad luck into the match up. To do away with any suspense

Senior Night 2016

GAME 10: Friday November 4, 2016 — Fran Rish Stadium
    • Central Valley
      Bears
    • 0
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 37
  • Richland 37, Central Valley 0

    The Central Valley Bears, number two in the Greater Spokane League, had a team full of seniors and came ready to play against the Bombers. Richland's first offensive series didn't go well, with Central Valley stuffing the run, preventing the pass, and hitting hard. On third down, a CV defensive back came up with a diving interception of a low pass to get possession at the Richland 40 yard line.

4A Regional Play-in Game

GAME 11: Friday November 11, 2016 — Neil F. Lampson Stadium
    • Sunnyside
      Grizzlies
    • 0
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 41
  • Richland 41, Sunnyside 0

    The first round of the state playoffs could have been the perfect storm for the Sunnyside Grizzlies, and through the first quarter it looked like they might have come up with a way to beat the Bombers. Three major players for Richland—WR/DB/punter Josh Mendoza, lineman Colton Michaels, and kick returner Gaven Brasker—were on the sidelines, and the Grizzlies had two weeks off due to

4A State First Round

GAME 12: Saturday November 19, 2016 — Neil F. Lampson Stadium
    • Bothell
      Cougars
    • 28
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 49
  • Richland 49, Bothell 28

    When it comes to the state playoffs, no game is a gimme, and when there are only eight teams left you can be sure they're all good teams. The Bothell Cougars presented a challenge the Bombers hadn't seen much of this season—a team that could pass and run, played good defense, and had a quarterback already committed to a major Division 1 school. Although Bothell had lost two games, they we

4A State Quarterfinal

GAME 13: Saturday November 26, 2016 — Neil F. Lampson Stadium
    • Skyview
      Storm
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 35
  • Richland 35, Skyline 7

    The Richland Bombers put together another impressive performance in their semi-final win over the Skyview Storm. Skyview had won six straight games after their league loss to top-ranked Camas, including wins over playoff contenders Battle Ground, Chiawana, and offensive powerhouse Lake Stevens. The Storm were on a roll. The Bombers were on a roll too. On the opening kickoff, Gaven Brasker set t

4A State Semifinal

GAME 14: Saturday December 3, 2016 — Tacoma Dome
    • Camas
      Papermakers
    • 24
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 14
  • Camas 24, Richland 14

    Football is played on a 100 yard field. 300 feet. 3,600 inches of grass from endzone to endzone. It's a game that happens in gaps and close quarters on a wide open field, wins and losses determined by mere inches. There is no use second guessing those inches. The game is over, the score has been recorded, the trophies have been handed out. What-ifs and could-have-beens won't change the result.

4A State Championship Game

  • 2016 Notes & Highlights
  • State Class 4A 2nd Place
  • Played Camas in the State Championship Game at the Tacoma Dome, losing 24-14.
  • Richland's second place finish in the 4A ranks combined with Kamiakin's win over O'Dea in the 3A state championship game marked the first time two Tri-City teams played for the state football championship in the same year.
  • Longest winning streak to start the season: 13 games
  • Brigham Whitby was named to the Seattle Times all-state team.