Friday, October 16
Game 5: Richland 31, Walla Walla 19
||Walla Walla Blue Devils
October 2, 2015
By this time, a team that has done any scouting at all should know the Richland D line is as tough as they come. The problem is, any attempt to overcome that obstacle leaves you exposed to the rest of the defense. You'll have four long quarters to try putting points on the scoreboard. The Walla Walla Blue Devils had their chance tonight.
The Blue Devils were pumped on the opening kickoff when a missed block had Griffey March on the receiving end of a big hit. It looked like they came ready to take on a Bomber team that's been on a roll. They didn't come ready enough, because seven plays and 80 yards later, Kyle Whitby stiff-armed his way into the end zone only three minutes into the game.
Using a short kickoff and a quick pass that went for big yards, Walla Walla unwisely tried to run it in from the one, but found Whitby and Taiton Gillespie instead, forcing a turnover on downs. Unfortunately, the Bombers were unable to improve on their field position, and a short punt from the end zone gave Walla Walla the ball at the twenty, a stroke of good luck they took advantage of, throwing to the tight end across the middle, who then dived in for six points. Alex Chapman blocked the extra point to make it 7-6 with 1:25 left in the first quarter.
Starting from the 35, McKlane Elgin ran twice before Paxton Stevens found Chapman running wide open across the middle, leaving only one defender to dodge and one to burn. His 59 yard touchdown made it 14-6 with 5 seconds to go.
After grinding it out on the ground and trading punts through the second quarter, Richland finally went back to the passing game to get to the twelve yard line, where Lakota Wills ran over a courageous but ineffective defender for his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. 21-6 Bombers, 3:00 minutes to go in the half.
The Bomber defense got another chance to show off after a bad snap forced punter Ryan Wolski to take a big loss deep in Richland territory. Learning from the past, the Blue Devils tried to use their passing game to get back in it, but Ryan Piper came up with an interception to get the ball back. The rest of the third quarter showed both teams trying to get their running games in gear, but despite Whitby and Wills taking turns kicking up dirt and having some success, it was mostly back and forth punts. Richland finally got down to the one, but penalties called back a Whitby run to the end zone and pushed the team back far enough that an easy Wolski field goal seemed like the best way to start the fourth quarter. At 24-6 coming into the home stretch, things looked good for the Bombers.
More tough defense and an electrifying punt return by Griffey March gave the Bombers good field position. Following a tightrope sideline catch by Chapman at the nine, Wills bashed his way in for the final Richland score to go up 31-6 with 7:00 minutes left.
After some good Richland passes and runs, The Devils took advantage of the second string with an interception taken all the way back for six, but failed on the point after. Still down 31-12 with 2:00 minutes to go, they collected their own onside kick to give them what they thought would be a chance at a comeback. Stranger things have happened I guess. Riding penalties down to the Richland four, The Devils found an opening in the inexperienced secondary to make it 31-19 with 3 seconds left. I'm no mathematician, but you can't score twelve points in three seconds.
Despite avoiding the deadly defensive end duo of Wills and John Hardy for most of the game, Walla Walla couldn't overcome the all-around Bomber defense to give themselves a chance at chasing the dynamic Bomber offense. Richland brings their momentum and their 4-1 record to Lampson Stadium next week to take on the 2-3 Kennewick Lions.
Tri-City Herald: Richland sweeps aside Wa-Hi
|Friday, October 2, 2015
|Walla Walla Blue Devils
|2R Whitby 13 yard run (5R Wolski kick)
|33W Davis 13 yard pass from 9W Lesmeister (PAT fail)
|8R Chapman 59 yard pass from 17 Stevens (5R Wolski kick)
|45R Wills 8 yard run (5R Wolski kick)
|5R Wolski 27 yard field goal
|45R Wills 9 yard run (5R Wolski kick)
|21W Porter 60 yard interception return (PAT fail)
|80W Wicklund 4 yard pass from 9W Lesmeister (30W Jensen kick)
Game 4: Richland 45, Hanford 7
September 25, 2015
I have been watching Bomber football since I was in junior high so I have learned a few things. Foremost in my knowledge is this: don't schedule Richland for your homecoming game.
A raucous crowd of Richlanders invaded both sides of the stadium in the now annual contest between the Hanford Falcons and the Richland Bombers. Both teams trying to answer the same question: How good are they?
The Bombers entered the contest within one blemish inflicted by the number four team in the state (Gonzaga Prep). Hanford came in undefeated with a high powered offense and a quality win against the defending Oregon 5A champion Hermiston Bulldogs. As with all hypotheticals, speculation only gets you so far, you have to see concrete facts in order to determine the true answer.
Richland answered all of the questions, baraging the Hanford Falcons 45-7 and spoiling an otherwise beautiful evening of fun, pagentry, and fireworks. The Bombers scored in every conceivable aspect of the game, offense, defense, and special teams.
Hanford's opening drive ended on the third play of the game with a fumble and foreshadowed a long evening for the Falcon faithful.
The Bombers got on the board early in the first quarter when Griffey March returned a Garret Werner punt 48 yards for the first touchdown and a 7-0 lead. On the next drive, the Hanford special teams once again had problems when the snap sailed over Werner's head and was recovered by Lakota Wills. That drive ended with Ryan Wolski nailing a 35 yard field goal and the Bombers were up 10-0.
Richland got the ball back on their own 19 yard line on their next drive and with Lakota Wills leading the way, the Bombers quickly marched the remaining 81 yards in a 7-play drive capped by Lakota's 37 yard run, futher distancing them from their hometown bretheren, 17-0.
After stopping the Falcons next drive, the Bombers once again had the ball at their own 18 yard line and methodically marched down the field to another score. Lakota Wills once again, scored on a 19 yard run to make it 24-0.
Hanford special teams failed one more time with another errant punt snap, giving the Bombers a first down on the Falcon 9 yard line. Kyle Whitby got the call and in two plays rumbled in from 4 yards out to give Richland a halftime lead of 31-0.
Even the stadium electronics were giving the Falcons fits. First the scoreboard stopped keeping track of time, and eventually the PA system went on the fritz for the entire homecoming halftime show and third quarter. There may have been more than one eye pointed toward Foxboro, Massachussetts trying to blame Bill Bellichick.
The Falcons weren't giving up by any means, forcing the Bombers to punt on their first posession of the second half. Ryan Wolski boomed a perfect punt that pinned Hanford down to their own 3 yard line. The offense for the Falcons started to click with Desmond Samples connecting on two long passes, 40 yards to Kedrick Skinner and 22 more to Kevon Skinner. Coupled with holding and pass interference penalty and the Falcons had a first down on the Bomber 11 yard line. But the Bomber defense stiffened and took over on downs at the 16 yard line.
Richland then embarked on a long 13 play 86 yard drive highlighted by a 48 yard pass from Paxton Stevens to Griffey March, and topped off with another Stevens to March strike for an 18 yard touchdown pass and a 38-0 Bomber lead.
Hanford finally avoided the shutout late in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Joshua Fonner connected with Gavin Slack for a long 52 yard touchdown pass to make it 38-7.
The Falcons quickly got the ball back when Kevon Skinner intercepted a Cade Jensen pass and returned it 20 yards to the Bomber 3 yard line.
Elation quickly turned to deflation. Fonner's next pass was intercepted by Ryan Piper at the 1 yard line and, accompanied by a squadron of Bombers, Piper rambled 99 yards for the touchdown and a final score of Richland 45, Hanford 7.
All told, this was a beautiful night of football in Richland and not because the Bombers won big. It was very heartwarming to see a very large crowd enjoying our two local high school football teams and our brand new visitors facility at Fran Rish on a perfect night in September.
Next up for the Bombers are the ever-dangerous Walla Walla Blue Devils who will be haunting Fran Rish Stadium next Friday night at 7:05pm. I hope to see you there!
Tri-City Herald: Bombers rout Falcons (9/26/2015)
Tri-City Herald Profile: Lakota Wills
Ahead of tonight's epic matchup between the 2-1 Richland Bombers and the 3-0 Hanford Falcons, Jack Millikin from the Tri-City Herald writes an excellent article on Lakota Wills. Lakota is headed to the Air Force Academy next year and is someone the Bomber faithful can be very proud.
Tri-Ciy Herald: Bombers' strength of Wills
You might want to get to Fran Rish Stadium early tonight. Remember, this is a Hanford home game so the Bomber fans will be breaking in the new bleachers on the visitors side. I have been sitting their the last two home games and the seats are quite nice. Along with the new bathrooms and an actual bona fide concession stand, Fran Rish Stadium has to stack up against any other facility in the state.
Now if we can just convince someone to install a safe Field Turf...
From the Crowd: Richland/Chiawana Game Review
September 18, 2015
Last week I put out a feeler for some help in writing game stories and you responded. The story below comes from the crowd, so please welcome them to the cast!
Expectations were high for this game, with Richland coming off a drubbing of Shadle Park in Spokane after a close loss to a high-ranked Gonzaga Prep team, and Chiawana suffering a loss to offensive juggernaut Camas and a win over Wenatchee last week. The Bomber-Riverhawk rivalry, although relatively new, promised a good game.
After Ryan Wolski's big boot into the end zone prevented any opening fireworks, the two teams went to work. Defense dominated the first quarter, with both defenses shutting down the opposition. Chiawana proved they had prepared for the Bombers by avoiding the left side of the D line, which is where weary running backs and quarterbacks have met senior defensive end Lakota Wills so far this season, but the right side proved to be just as tough, with another senior end, John Hardy, rising to the challenge by continually taking on double teams and proving that he is not to be taken lightly either. Linebacker Brecken Galliher also added to the Riverhawks' woes by being everywhere Hardy was not. Linebacker Taiton Gillespie provided some first quarter excitement with a diving interception to prevent a first down. Chiawana's defense did its best to stifle any Bomber momentum by focusing on Richland's main offensive weapons, senior Griffey March and junior Alex Chapman, forcing the offense to look to its running game and the other receivers.
The Riverhawk running game continued into the second quarter, with Andrew Vargas working hard for yards, only to be repeatedly stuffed by the Richland defense in the red zone. Their passing game couldn't get going, even with a speed, height, and experience advantage over some of the young Richland defensive backs. On offense, Richland overcame some running game struggles and took advantage of the focus on March and Chapman by finding senior Rhett Levin open on short passes down the middle, finally getting down to the 9 yard line. On what looked like a broken passing play, junior QB Paxton Stevens called on his poise and agility and scrambled right, dodging half of the defense before diving into the end zone for a touchdown. Wolski's steady kicking made it 7-0.
On the first play following the kickoff, Wills forced Vargas to fumble, and Hardy was there to recover. One pass, two penalties, and one run later, Wills charged up the middle to make it 14-0. The relentless Bomber defense kept Chiawana at bay for the rest of the half.
The second half was more of the same, with the 205 pound Vargas carrying the load for his team. Richland made it 21-0 when Chapman burned Hayden Carrasco down the visitor's sideline, catching Stevens' long, dead on pass for a 47 yard score. Vargas proved his toughness on the next series, eventually breaking through and sliding into the end zone on a 25 yard run to make it 21-7. The defensive back-and-forth continued into the fourth quarter, with Richland's running game finding little success, despite senior running back McKlane Elgin having his best quarter of the year so far, and Chiawana intercepting Stevens three times, one on an athletic effort by Riverhawk senior Corey Bell. Credit where credit is due, it was a beautiful pick, even if it was to the Bombers' detriment. Richland's special teams made sure Chiawana didn't have a chance to spark a come back with punt returns, either forcing a fair catch or stopping any return for short yardage. Wills scored again on a long angle for short yards run to the end zone to make it 28-7. The Riverhawk defense never let up, eventually forcing Richland to punt from their own end zone after three unsuccessful attempts to run it up the middle, but the Bombers played tough until the last second, with junior Ben Stanfield leaving his Riverhawk blocker in the dust to crush the return man just as he bobbled the ball, giving the rest of the dogged punt team a chance to chase the ball a few yards, hoping for a last chance to put an exclamation point on the game before the ball made its way out of bounds to end the contest.
The Bomber defense was impressive again, despite allowing Vargas to gain 232 yards (granted, Vargas is the top runner in the league), and looked to be even more cohesive than in previous games, and the offense showed that despite some struggles, their experience, poise, and persistence will give them opportunities to score. Chiawana is a great program and always fields competitive teams, and Richland's victory shows they're ready to make a run for it this season.
Game 3: Richland 28, Chiawana 7
September 18, 2015
The Chiawana Riverhawks came to Fran Rish Stadium looking to continue their winning ways but the Richland Bombers and Lakota Wills had other ideas an won 28-7.
There was a great article from Jack Millikin in the Tri-City Herald giving all of the details.
If this was a HUGE MCC battle, then next week will be "HUGER."
Next Friday night the Richland Bombers invade Fran Rish Stadium as the visitors against the 3-0 Hanford Falcons in what should be billed as the BIGGEST game in the history of this crosstown rivalry.
I will be getting their early because Fran should be rockin' next Friday night, which also doubles as Hanford's homecoming game.
Get ready to rummmmbbbblllleeeee!
Tri-City Herald: Bombers Prevail!
Bomberfootball.org needs a little help...
Over the last few years, family priorities have made it difficult to attend all of the Bomber Football games in person and I was wondering if you would like to help.
If you like to write or if you take pictures at the games I would like to give you the opportunity to contribute to bomberfootball.org. The last two seasons I have not been able to devote as much time as I would like to keeping this site up to date for all of the fan who reads my feable sports reporting, and I would love to have a partner or two help me keep the momentum going.
So, if you are interested, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us link. I would really like the help and it would be fun to "see" Bomber games from another perspective.
Thank you to everyone who reads bomberfootball.org. I really appreciate it.
Preview: Chiawana at Richland
Tough choices are part of life. Richland's defense versus Chiawana's offense? Work at Sausage Fest or risk weeks of family strife by skipping out of my responsibilities to attend the game?
Well, choice number two is easy for me so I really need you to attend tonights Bomber/Riverhawk football game at 7:00pm at Fran Rish Stadium in Richland! This should be the game of the year...until next week!
So, here is your plan. Come to Sausage Fest at 5:00 and enjoy some entertainment and fine food, then mosey over to the stadium for some great high school football.
The Tri-City Herald has a nice preview article.
Tri-City Herald: Richland 'D' will go up against Chiawana
GAME2: Richland 52, Shadle Park 0
||Shadle Park Highlanders
September 11, 2015
Somewhere between Fran Rish Stadium and Joe Albi Stadium the Richland Bombers found their offense. My best guess is Carl's Jr. in Ritzville but that is a mystery for another day.
The Bombers came home with a 52-0 victory over the Shadle Park Highlanders in non-league action in Spokane.
I have attached the articles from the Tri-City Herald and the Spokesman-Review for your viewing pleasure.
Next week, Sausage Fest! Oh as the Bombers go, they play host to the Chiawana Riverhawks in a HUGE MCC battle at Fran Rish Stadium.
Bombers rout Shadle Park - Tri-City Herald
Bombers dominate Shadle Park 52-0 - Spokesman-Review
GAME1: Gonzaga Prep 13, Richland 10
||Gonzaga Prep Bullpups
September 4, 2015
The Bombers hosted the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups from the Greater Spokane League in the opening game of the 2015 prep football season. In a battle of defenses, Gonzaga Prep was able to pound out a 13-10 win at the newly renovated Fran Rish Stadium.
The battle started with both teams having trouble getting untracked. The Bomber offense was able to win the first quarter outgaining the Bullpups three first downs to none but the closest they could get was the Prep 26 yard line. Ryan Wolski put the Bombers up 3-0 on a 43 yard field goal that had more than enough distance.
Into the second quarter the Bullpups best field position was the 20 but early in the second quarter the Bombers' Paxton Stevens threw an interception to Gonzaga's Michael Pablo giving them first down on the 14 of Richland. The Bomber defense stayed strong and the Bullpup's Jared Kutch tied the game with a 31 yard field goal.
After exchanging the ball on the ensuing drives, the Bombers caught a break when Liam Bell fumbled and gave them the ball at the Prep seven yard line. The Gonzaga Prep defense slammed the door on Richland and blocked Wolski's 20 yard field goal attempt, running the ball back to the 28 yard line.
The Bullpup offense started to click and moved the ball all the way to the Richland five yard line before they had to settle for another Jared Kutch field goal and a 6-3 lead going into halftime.
After the band left the field, the two teams exchanged punts. Then lightning struck for the Bombers when Alex Chapman stepped in front of a Liam Bell pass and raced 61 yards untouched to give Richland a 10-6 lead.
The story of the second half, though was Richland's inability to move the ball and the Bullpups' decision to leave the ball on the ground. The combination of Mason Plese and Liam Bell churned up a lot of ground but add in the hulking 6 foot 4 inch, 245 pound Evan Weaver at running back and Gonzaga Prep was almost unstoppable.
Even another Alex Chapman interception wasn't enough to get things on track for the Bombers. At the end of the third quarter Gonzaga Prep embarked on a 13 play 75 yard drive, ending on a 1 yard run by Liam Bell and a 13-10 Bulldog lead.
In the fourth quarter, both defenses kept the offenses at bay and the game ended in fitting fashion when the Bulldogs blocked Ryan Wolski's 53 yard game-tying field goal attempt with just over a minute remaining.
Next week, it is the Bombers turn to make the 2 hour drive to Spokane when they face the Shadle Park Highlanders at Joe Albi Stadium at 5:00 on Friday, September 11th.
Tri-City Herald: Bombers struggle on offense
Spokeman-Review Box Score
Welcome to the 2015 Season
Get ready for some football because the season starts this Friday night agains the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups at 7:00pm in the "new and improved" Fran Rish Stadium.
The construction crews are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the rebuilt visitor's side of the stadium including new bleachers, press box, consessions, and bathrooms. The Bomber faithful will be able to put the new addition through the paces in week 4 on September 25 when Richland is again the visiting team against the Hanford Falcons.
To get you started, select the link to view this year's season preview in the Tri-City Herald on the Bombers chances in the Mid-Columbia Conference.
Tri-City Herald: Bombers eye return to MCC heavyweight (09/01/2015)
Welcome, indeed, to a new season of Bomber Football!
2015 Fall Practice Schedule
The 2015 Fall Practice Schedule has been released by Coach Mike Neidhold.
Download the Fall Practice Schedule
Most important: Sunday, August 13 is the Sports Clearance night in the Richland High School cafeteria at 6:00PM.
First practice is on Wednesday, August 19th.
First game is on Friday, September 4th against the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups.
Order Spirit Pack Items Today
Ordering for your 2015 Richland Bomber Spirit Pack is now open.
Here is how you order:
The deadline for orders is May 3, 2015 at 11:59pm so get going!
If you are outside the Bomber Football program but would still like to order you will be able to pick up your order from Coach Josh Jelinek at Richland High School on or after June 1, 2015.
Ordering is open to all and their is no limit.
Download Spirit Pack Brochure
Kellen Moore Passing Academy coming to Richland
The Kellen Moore Passing Academy is coming to Richland June 26th and 27th.
All quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs entering 7th grade through their senior year in high school in 2015 is eligible to attend.
At the camp, you will participate in:
- Football 101 in the Classroom with Kellen Moore
- Position Specific Drills
- Skills Challenge
The camp runs on June 26th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and on June 27th from 8:00am to 12:30pm. Check in begins at Richland High School at 5:30pm on June 26th.
Information, registration and payment is availalable at kellenmooreqb.com.
The Kellen Moore Passing Academy is sponsored by Richland Bomber Football.
Download the Kellen Moore Passing Academy brochure