Friday, September 26
A little history...
The Richland Bombers' 41 point shutout defeat at the hands of the Chiawana Riverhawks brought a question from a bomberfootball.org reader. Was this the biggest shutout in Bomber history.
Not to add salt to the wound from Friday night but it was an interesting question so I started to do some digging into the Bomber history file.
Research revealed that shutouts are rare occurrences. In fact, the last time Richland failed to score was in 2009 at the hands of the Eisenhower Cadets (20-0) and is the only other shutout in Coach Mike Neidhold's head coaching tenure. In fact, it is only one of five since the year 2000.
So, is it the largest shutout score? The answer is no. The most recent game that came close was a 34-0 loss to the Kamiakin Braves in 2007, but you have to go back to the 1982 season when the Walla Walla Blue Devils posted a 42-0 score which was also matched by the Wenatchee Panthers in 1969.
The crown of the most lopsided defeat in the "modern" Bomber era goes to the Eisenhower when the Cadets posted 60 point shutout in 1964. That was part of a bad pair of weekends as the Bombers had also lost the previous week to the Borah Lions, a legendary Idaho football power school 53-0.
Finally, I took a look at the 1919 Richland High School football team. During that season, Richland played three games with results as follows: Kennewick 69, Richland 0; Sunnyside 66, Richland 0; and Pasco 55, Richland 0. It only got worse after that when the team disbanded for lack of competitive teams. Their last game forfeit provided a fairly respectable score of Kennewick 1, Richland 0. Richland High School did not play another football game until the Richland Colts took the field in 1925.
Again, I am not trying to embarrass anyone or point fingers because shutouts happen and sometimes the wheels just come off and there is nothing you can do about it. Looking back at history can provide some needed perspective, especially when you realize that the Bombers have faced three of the top teams in the state to open the season.
As Mariner's manager Lloyd McLendon often says after a bad outing, "that's just baseball, now ice cream for everyone and let's move on." That is pretty good advice to follow.
Game 3: Chiawana 41, Richland 0
September 19, 2014
The Richland Bombers ran into a buzz saw against an emotional Chiawana team in a 41-0 loss to the Riverhawks at Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium.
I was not able to attend the game so I have included the account from the Tri-City Herald. Even though the Bombers lost, their support of Chiawana's Mac Graff should make any Bomber proud.
Tri-City Herald: Riverhawks rise up in Victory
Next week the Bombers are at home against the Hanford Falcons. This will be the first meeting in which each team is looking for their first win so it should be a great game. Please join us on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:00.
Game 2: Shadle Park 36, Richland 24
||Shadle Park Highlanders
September 12, 2014
The Richland Bombers entertained Spokane's Shadle Park for the first time since 1999 and turned out to be very generous hosts enroute to a 36-24 loss to Brett Rypien and the Highlanders.
After a moment of silence for Bomber legends JD Covington and Ken Olson, the Bombers won the coin toss and elected to receive, taking posession of the ball on the 35 yard line. Right out of the blocks, Josh Phillips found a seam on the outside and rumbled 65 yards for a touchdown. As luck would have it, a personal foul penalty nullified the touchdown and put the clamps on the opening drive.
Brett Rypien took over at the 50 yard line and decided to show the audience that the hype was real. The Boise State-bound quarterback carved up the Bomber defense in seven plays, connecting with Darius Savick Batters for three yards and the touchdown. Keenan Matt ran in the extra point and Shadle Park led 8-0.
Richland got the ball back again on the 35 yard line and drove the field with strong running from Jacob Heinan and Taylor O'Toole's passes to Griffey March but the drive ultimately stalled at the 20 yard line and the Bombers settled for a 37 yard field goal from Ryan Wolski to tighten the score at 8-3 Highlanders.
On the ensuing kickoff, Wolski executed a perfect pooch kick and March recovered the ball on the Shadle Park 42 yard line. The excellent opportunity was negated three plays later when Cameron Duty intercepted an O'Toole pass and ended the threat.
After exchanging drives, Shadle Park got the ball on their own 42 yardline to start their third drive. Rypien used passes to Savick Batters and Sam Stratton and his own feet to get the Highlanders to the 24 yard line but pass interference penalty on the Bombers got them to the 12 yard line. Rypien hit Duty for the final yardage and a 15-3 lead.
The Bomber offense was clicking in the middle of the field but their next two drives fizzled in Shadle Park territory, the latter ending on the 10 yard line. The Highlanders then connected on 8 passes in succession to get inside the Bomber 25 yard line. Richland held well but on 4th and 10 Rypien connected with Duty for 11 yards and Mike Morris finished the drive running 9 yards for the touchdown and the Highlanders went into halftime with a commanding 22-3 lead.
Richland's defense started off the second half in fine fashion holding Shadle Park to a four and out but the Bomber offense could not take advantage and returned the favor. Taylor O'Toole pinned the Highlanders with a nice punt that was downed on the 6 yard line. Unfortunately for the Bombers, Shadle Park engineered a 94 yard drive with Rypien connecting on passes of 13, 15, 19, and finally 25 yards to George Pilimai for a backbreaking 29-3 lead.
Being a tad flustered at this point, the next two Bomber drives were ended prematurely by fumbles. That didn't deter Richland's comeback hopes, though, Brecken Galliher intercepted a Rypien pass at the Shadle Park 30 yard line and returned it to the 8 yard line. Tayolor O'Toole immediately connected with Matthew Woodman for the touchdown and the Bombers showed some life down 29-10.
Richland was able to get the ball back quickly when John Hardy scooped up a HIghlander fumble, but the drive was short-lived when the Bombers were snake-bitten by a second errant snap and Shadle Park recovered another fumble.
Shadle Park finished their scoring at the start of the fourth quarter when Brett Rypien again connected with Darius Savick Batters for an 8 yard score, now leading the game 36 to 10.
As has been the hallmark of the Mike Neidhold era, though, these Bombers never give up. Josh Phillips was finally able to get some breathing room on the outside and outraced a pack of Highlanders enroute to a 53 yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 36-17.
After forcing Shadle to punt, Richland sustained a 12 play drive that resulted in a touchdown when O'Toole connected with McKlane Elgin for a 27 yard touchdown and the Bombers were making it very interesting at 36-24 Shadle Park.
Ryan Wolski then kicked a beautiful onside kick that rattled around quite a few players and was seemingly recovered by the Bombers at the Shadle Park 40 yard line. Unfortunately, the ball had hit a Bomber player before the required 10 yards and the posession was awarded to the Highlanders. Again, the Bombers never gave up but just came up a little short on this day.
Well, it doesn't get any easier from here. After playing two of the best teams in the Greater Spokane League to start the season, the Bombers are running headlong into the best of the MCC and last year, the best in the state when they travel to Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium to take on the Chiawana Riverhawks. Chiawana is 1-1 and coming off an impressive 42-7 win over the Wenatchee Panthers so for the third week in a row, Richland will have it's hands full.
Just like Gonzaga Bulldog Basketball, though, the tough games at the start of the season really help you out with the tournements at the end.
Hope to see you next week at Edgar Brown at 7:00 on Friday, September 19th.
Tri-City Herald: Bombers fall short vs. SP
Tri-City Herald article on Bomber Defense
There is a nice article in the Tri-City Herald today on the Bomber defense and how they will try to stop Shadle Park quarterback Brett Rypien.
Tri-City Herald: The Bomber Defense is in the Line of Fire
Game 1: Gonzaga Prep 24, Richland Bombers 21
||Gonzaga Prep Bullpups
September 5, 2014
The Bombers came out firing in the first quarter and drove the field for the score and a 7-0 lead.
The defense held the Bullpups and the offense again drove the field but were stopped on a turnover at the Gonzaga Prep 2 yard line.
Gonzaga had a good drive going but ended up punting and downed the ball at the Bomber 2 yard line. The Bullpup defensive line blew through and caused a safety to cut the lead to 7-2.
Gonzaga got the ball after the safety and drove the field on two runs by Jack Bamis turned into a touchdown and Prep had the lead at 9-7.
After a 3-out effort by the Bomber offense, Gonzaga Prep blocked the punt and got the ball inside the 20 yard line. Bell then connected with Nick Wood on a 16 yard touchdown pass and the Bullpups had roared back with a 16-7 lead.
Richland was finally able to get back on track at the end of the half and drove 85 yards with a big pass from O'Toole to Griffey March and Josh Phillips making good ground finishing with a 7-yard touchdown run to cut the Bullpup lead to 16-14 as the half was ending.
Richland kicked off to start the second half and the Bombers recovered the pooch kick for the second time in the game. The Bombers drove immediately and scored on Taylor O'Toole's 7 yard pass to Griffey March for the touchdown and a 21-16 Bomber lead.
Bombers forced a fumble at the 49 yard line but the drive sputtered on the 31 yard line of G-Prep for a turnover on downs.
After exchanging punts, Richland tried for 4th and one on the 41 yard line but Gonzaga stuffed the run. The Bullpups then were able to score when LIam Bell connected with Nick Johnson for a 26 yard touchdown pass and the two point conversion was good. Gonzaga 24, Richland 21.
Both teams cannot get anything going offensively but Gonzaga Prep ran a lot of time off the clock. The Bombers got the ball back with less than two minutes remaining at their own 7 as the Bullpups punter has been pinning the Bombers deep all night long. The Bombers were not able to make any progress on the Gonzaga Prep defense and the Bullpups win the game 24-21.
I love that the Mid-Columbia Conference and the Greater Spokane League are again playing non-conference games. As we have seen the last couple years with the Tri-Cities teams playing each other in season, I believe these games with the GSL will be reflected in the state playoffs.
Well, the Bombers played a great game but just came up short. Next week, the Shadle Park Highlanders and their start quarterback Brett Rypien come to Fran Rish Stadium at 7:00 on Friday night. I hope to see you there.
Tri-City Herald Bomber Preview
The Bomber football season opens this Friday night in Spokane against the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups.
The Tri-City Herald has a nice article on the Bombers as they prepare for the opener, check it out:
Richland football will follow where O-line leads
To get ready for the first game, here is another link to the 4A predictions for the Greater Spokane League in 2014
Target on Pups, Saxons
Important 2014 Information and Camp Schedule
Time to get ready for football and it all starts on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 6:00PM in the Richland High School Cafeteria for the Fall Sports Clearance night and leads to the first game of the season when the Bombers face the Gonzaga Bullpups in Spokane at 7:00PM on Friday, September 5th.
Download the August Camp Schedule
Important for Parents: new for this year, the district is asking parents to do all sports paperwork online. You can find this information at the following:
A physical is the only hard copy paperwork you will need to turn into the Richland High School office. Parents and athletes are still asked to attend the Fall Clearance Meeting at 6:00PM on August 14th in the cafeteria.
2014 Bomber Youth Football Camp
This year’s Bomber Youth football camp will take place June 24th, 25th, and 26th. The camp will be at the Richland High School practice fields across Lee Blvd from Fran Rish Stadium.
Our camp with be staffed by the Bomber Football coaches and assisted by current Richland Bomber players.
There will be an emphasis on player safety while teaching sound football techniques. Our staff will be teaching athletic development drills as well.
All equipment and plenty of cold water will be provided! Bring only yourself, dressed in athletic clothing and a set of FB cleats!
Fees are $30 per individual player and $20 for each additional FAMILY member. There will be a $5 charge for walk-up registration.
2014 Bomber Youth Football Camp Brochure
Important Spring Football News
The 2014 Richland Bomber footbal season is just around the corner. Are you ready to be a Bomber?
The Spring Football Parents Meeting will be held May 13, 2014 at 6:00PM in the Richland High School Cafeteria. This meeting is for ALL parents and players who will play football for Richland High School in 2014.
Download the 2014 Richland Bomber Spring Football Packet
This packet includes the following information:
- Boise State University Camp Registration Form
- Summer Camp Participant Expectations Form
- Anti-Hazing Agreement
- Physical Exam form
- Bomber Football Clothing Order form
- Bomber Spring Football Schedule
The Boise State Camp Fee is $350 and all paper work is due before pads will be issued.
IMPORTANT: Your Clothing Order form, located in the packet, needs to be placed by May 3, 2014!
Welcome to Richland Bomber Football!
The passing of a legend...
Today we remember Coach J.D. Covington who passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the age of 85.
I remember the first time I met Coach Covington. I was sitting in history class at Chief Jo Junior High and Mr. Flynn asked me if I would like to become an athletic trainer. At first, I didn't know what that was but he pulled me out of class and standing in the hallway was Coach Covington. Coach and I sat on the stairs for about 20 minutes talking about what athletic training was and that he wanted to send me to the Cramer Athletic Clinic in Moscow, Idaho and learn how to tape ankles.
That one conversation shaped the next five years of my life and beyond and cemented my love of sports and Bomber football. Playing and working for Coach Covington demanded discipline and integrity. It was no different in his geometry class either. Being a lazy teenager at the time, I didn't realize that I was learning more about life than I ever learned about football or math.
People often ask about J.D. Covington's coaching secret. That's easy. He treated you with respect, which is something a lot of teenagers don't often receive. He gave you the tools for life, knowing full well he would never receive anything of similar value in return.
Thank you, Coach. We love you and we will miss you.
Tri-City Herald: Coaching icon J.D. Covington left his mark on Richland football