Game Recap October 18, 2023

BY GUNNER HORTON

Read the article in the Atomic Times

Going into the game Friday, October 6th, the Richland Bombers and Kennewick Lions facing off was a big matchup, both grinding for the win all game with the goal of coming out on top to put their chances at MCC champs closer to reach. Ultimately ending with the Lions on top 36-29.

Before the game, in an interview with Head Coach of the Bombers, Mike Neidhold, when asked how they prepared for this game, said, “They are focused on themselves and giving it their best efforts,” which is definitely what the bombers did. Starting off the game with Kennewick in possession using everything they had to get out early in the game ended quickly from the Bombers' defense forcing the Lions to punt just three minutes into play. With the bombers starting off deep in the Kennewick territory, it is now game time for the Richland offense, which has been outstanding all year led by quarterback Josh Woodard, showing what they're about on the first drive Josh put out a phenomenal pass to Brody Bocek, for a 40-yard catch then to punch a touchdown caught by Zach Rose to go up 7-0 early.

With their momentum, the aspiration of the bomber defense looking to make a play, and needless to say, they do just that not even a minute after scoring, Kooper Schmitt making a dominant play leading to a forced fumble. The energy of the Richland student section was through the roof. While carrying the energy in the air, it only got crazier after getting the second touchdown of the game caught by Bocek and leading 14-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter. The Lions knew they had to make a change. As they strut their way downfield with three minutes of play left in the first quarter, the Lions quarterback Ambrose Driver throws it up to senior wide receiver Kyler Witkowski in the endzone for Kennewick's fourth touchdown of the night and cut the two-score game down to one working there way into the second quarter. 

Continuing into the second quarter, both defenses played phenomenally, and it was a shoot-out to see who would score next. With multiple penalties from the Bombers, it was giving Kennewick too much room field, and with just two minutes before half, Cannan Hays for the Lions came in big for them to score their second touchdown of the night and tieing up the game before half time.

Entering the second half of play, the Bombers are looking to make some plays on defense to get that upper hand early. Kennewick's offense had a few 1st downs on their way down the field, but just over halfway through quarter three, John Corbin had a late pick on our own 20-yard line to stop the Lions from scoring, which really gave the bombers a giant momentum swing on offense.  Using their momentum, they continued to work their way down the field, but with Kennewick's strong defense, the bombers got stopped on downs. Then while working their way down the field, Kennewick's running back had a good run to put them in scoring possession. The bombers doing whatever it takes to try and make sure they don't score, but with just under a minute thirty left on the clock, the Lions find a way to make a play, scoring to take the lead for the first time that night, making the score 21-14.

With Kennewick scoring in the last few minutes before the final quarter, the Bombers felt some pressure, but with the Lions feeling their momentum, they forced Richland into a fumble and made some plays down the field. They got it to David Wacenske off a 10-yard pass to put Kennewick's lead bigger, making it 14-28, but the bombers weren’t out yet. Knowing the bombers have to make a play on their way down the field, Josh Woodard finds the open man Rayce Reeves downfield to make an amazing grab for a 52-yard bomb to get him in the endzone to start the comeback and turn the score around 21- 28 with eight mins of play left. Kennewick, now with the ball, is giving it its best to put more on the board to extend the difference and make it harder for the bombers. With the energizing defense, Richland makes the stop on the Lions offense. With them working their way down the field, Kennewick works the bombers to their own set of fourth downs to give back possession.

With under two minutes left in the game, the bombers had a game-changing interception caught by Reeves, then on the starting drive, got the ball to Bocek to gain a first down. Driving down, picking up back-to-back first downs with the second one caught by Reeves, the Bombers are getting closer to scoring. In the next play, quarterback Woodard aired the ball out to Brody to put the Bombers on the 10-yard line. With the game on the line, it's handed off to John Simons to run it in to put the Bombers down by one. A two-point conversion is necessary to go for the win. Going for it, Colson Mackey caught the pass in the back of the endzone to put Richland ahead in the final seconds of the game, putting them up 29-28. After an interview with Nate Ruelas asking him what it was like being on the field for the comeback touchdown and two-point conversion he had to say, “It was nerve-wracking, but we trusted each other and had the confidence to get the job done”

With just 15 seconds of time left on the clock for the Lions, the Bombers' defense just needs to waste the time. Kennewick gets in formation to try one last play. With Richland's defense pilling in on the Lions' quarterback, he gets out of the pocket and finds Kyler Witkowski for a flip pass running it 71 yards into the endzone to end the game 36-29. 

  • October 6, 2023
    1
    2
    3
    4
     
    Final
  • Richland Bombers
    14
    0
    0
    15
     
    29
  • Kennewick Lions
    7
    7
    7
    15
     
    36
  • 1st Quarter
  • Touchdown: Zachary Rose 50 Yd Pass From Joshua Woodard (Jason Slack Kick) (6:00)
    Richland 7, Kennewick 0
  • Touchdown: Brody Bocek 4 Yd Pass From Joshua Woodard (Jason Slack Kick) (4:54)
    Richland 14, Kennewick 0
  • Touchdown: Kyler Witkowski 49 Yd Pass From Ambrose Driver (Tanner Chavez Kick) (2:18)
    Richland 14, Kennewick 7
  • 2nd Quarter
  • Touchdown: Canaan Hays 6 Yd Run (Tanner Chavez Kick) (2:40)
    Richland 14, Kennewick 14
  • 3rd Quarter
  • Touchdown: David Wacenske 3 Yd Pass From Ambrose Driver (Tanner Chavez Kick) (1:20)
    Kennewick 21, Richland 14
  • 4th Quarter
  • Touchdown: David Wacenske 10 Yd Pass From Ambrose Driver (Tanner Chavez Kick) (9:17)
    Kennewick 28, Richland 14
  • Touchdown: Rayce Reeves 52 Yd Pass From Joshua Woodard (Jason Slack Kick) (8:02)
    Kennewick 28, Richland 21
  • Touchdown: John Simons 3 Yd Run (Josh Woodard to Colson Mackey for Two-Point Conversion) (0:21.8)
    Richland 29, Kennewick 28
  • Touchdown: Kyler Witkowski 71 Yd Pass From Ambrose Driver (Alex Roberts Run For Two-Point Conversion) (0:05.8)
    Kennewick 36, Richland 29

Friday October 6, 2023 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 29
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 36
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday October 7, 2022 Fran Rish Stadium

  • Homecoming

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 19
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Saturday October 30, 2021 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 27
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday March 5, 2021 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 22
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday October 25, 2019 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 19
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 14
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday October 19, 2018 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 35
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 14
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday September 15, 2017 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 48
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Thursday September 15, 2016 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 40
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday October 9, 2015 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 35
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday October 10, 2014 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 44
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday October 11, 2013 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 56
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 14
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday October 5, 2012 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 14
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 29
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday October 10, 2008 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 41
  • Head Coach: Mike Neidhold

Friday September 2, 2005 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 9
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 5
  • Head Coach: Garrick Redden

Friday September 10, 2004 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 33
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 8
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Thursday November 6, 2003 Fran Rish Stadium

  • 600th Richland Bomber Football Game

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 25
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 28
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Thursday November 7, 2002 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 28
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 12
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday September 14, 2001 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 12
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 33
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 20, 2000 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 26
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 49
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Saturday October 23, 1999 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 28
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 23, 1998 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 15
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 12
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 24, 1997 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 20
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 34
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 25, 1996 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 44
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 16
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 20, 1995 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 30
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 32
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 7, 1994 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 40
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 17
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 8, 1993 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 6
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 3
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday September 25, 1992 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 36
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 13
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday September 27, 1991 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 56
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 19, 1990 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 42
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 20, 1989 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 27
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 28
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Saturday November 18, 1989 Fran Rish Stadium

  • Class "AAA" State Playoffs Quarterfinals

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 23
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 21
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 14, 1988 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 19
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 18
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Friday October 16, 1987 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 14
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 35
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

1986

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 69
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 17
  • Head Coach: Lonnie Pierson

Saturday October 12, 1985 Fran Rish Stadium

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 27
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 17
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1984

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 41
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 6
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1983

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 31
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 0
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1983 Fran Rish Stadium

  • Big Nine Mini-Playoff (Two 8-minute quarters); 400th Richland Bomber Football Game

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 14
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1982

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 20
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 0
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

Friday September 25, 1981 Bomber Bowl

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 14
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 10
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

Friday November 20, 1981 KHS Stadium

  • Class "AAA" State Playoffs Quarterfinals

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 34
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

Friday September 19, 1980 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 20
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1979

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 35
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 14
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1978

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1977

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 21
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

Friday November 5, 1976 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 28
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

Friday October 31, 1975

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 20
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 35
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1974

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 14
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1973

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 6
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

Friday October 6, 1972 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 27
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

Friday October 8, 1971 Bomber Bowl

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 8
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 28
  • Head Coach: J.D. Covington

1970

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 26
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 6
  • Head Coach: George Rallis

1969

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 20
  • Head Coach: George Rallis

1969

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 26
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 14
  • Head Coach: George Rallis

Friday October 11, 1968 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 14
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 6
  • Head Coach: George Rallis

Friday October 6, 1967 Bomber Bowl

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 29
  • Head Coach: George Rallis

1966 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 13
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 13
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 22, 1965 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 25
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1964

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 20
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 13
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 4, 1963 KHS Stadium

  • Fran Rish's 100th Victory

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 20
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1962

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 6
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 0
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1961

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 13
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 14
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1960

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 13
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 18
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1959

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 24
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 45
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1958

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 26
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 27
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1957 Bomber Bowl

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 20
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 26, 1956 Lions Field

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 33
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1955

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 20
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1954

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 13
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 27
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

1953

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 6
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 32
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 17, 1952 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 20
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 12
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 19, 1951 Bomber Bowl

  • Homecoming

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 21
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Saturday October 21, 1950 Bomber Bowl

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 13
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 32
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 21, 1949 Bomber Bowl

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 12
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 14
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 22, 1948 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 13
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 16
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 10, 1947 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 0
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 11, 1946 Neil F. Lampson Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 0
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 6
  • Head Coach: Fran Rish

Friday October 26, 1945 Bomber Bowl

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 47
    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 6
  • Head Coach: Fred Littau

Friday November 16, 1945 KHS Stadium

    • Richland
      Bombers
    • 0
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 47
  • Head Coach: Fred Littau

Friday October 20, 1944

  • Mascot officially changed from Broncs to Beavers

    • Richland
      Beavers
    • 18
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 13
  • Head Coach: John F. Eubanks

Thursday November 23, 1944

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 6
    • Richland
      Beavers
    • 46
  • Head Coach: John F. Eubanks

1926

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
    • Richland
      Colts
    • 0
  • Head Coach: Raymond V. Puette

1925

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 18
    • Richland
      Colts
    • 0
  • Head Coach: VG Lowman

Friday October 17, 1919

    •  
      Richland
    • 0
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 69
  • Head Coach: Elmer H Dixon

Friday November 7, 1919

  • Forfeit due to Richland's inability to field competitive team

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 1
    •  
      Richland
    • 0
  • Head Coach: Elmer H Dixon

Friday October 27, 1916

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 7
    •  
      Richland
    • 0
  • Head Coach: C. H. Lillie

Friday November 17, 1916

    •  
      Richland
    • 0
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
  • Head Coach: C. H. Lillie

1915

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 8
    •  
      Richland
    • 0
  • Head Coach: C. H. Lillie

1915

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 22
    •  
      Richland
    • 6
  • Head Coach: C. H. Lillie

Saturday November 14, 1914

    •  
      Richland
    • 6
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
  • Head Coach: C. H. Lillie

Saturday November 28, 1914

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 0
    •  
      Richland
    • 41
  • Head Coach: C. H. Lillie

Friday October 11, 1912

    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 20
    •  
      Richland
    • 0
  • Head Coach: C. H. Lillie

Wednesday November 27, 1912

    •  
      Richland
    • 0
    • Kennewick
      Lions
    • 39
  • Head Coach: C. H. Lillie

Kennewick High School
Kennewick High School
500 S Dayton Street
Kennewick, WA
Mascot: Lions
  • Bombers v. Lions
  •  
    Games
    Bombers
    Lions
  • Wins
    54
    1,535
    565
  • Losses
    36
    252
    933
  • Ties
    3
    13
    13
  • Overall
    93
    1,800
    1,511
  • Records by Head Coach
  •  
    Wins
    Losses
    Ties
  • Fran Rish
    14
    6
    1
  • Lonnie Pierson
    14
    6
    0
  • J.D. Covington
    10
    7
    0
  • Mike Neidhold
    8
    5
    0
  • George Rallis
    3
    2
    0
  • John F. Eubanks
    2
    0
    0
  • C. H. Lillie
    2
    5
    1
  • Garrick Redden
    1
    0
    0
  • Fred Littau
    0
    2
    0
  • Elmer H Dixon
    0
    2
    0
  • VG Lowman
    0
    1
    0
  • Raymond V. Puette
    0
    0
    1
Neil F. Lampson Stadium