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Sea-Beast

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Marshawn Lynch broke loose on Saturday for 140 yards on 28 carries and 2 “Beast Mode” touchdowns to lift the Hawks over the Saints 23-15 to put Seattle back in the NFC championship next Sunday at the Clink. The Seahawks entire season had lead up to this point, a home game in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. The Seahawks X factor for the past two years has been the Hawks offense. Would the running game be able to get going and if not, would Wilson and the passing game be able to carry the load? The big plus for the Hawks was that Percy Harvin was going to be playing in his second game of the year. The highly paid receivers’ return has been much anticipated and looked bleak at times, but he had been practicing all week and was ready to show us his stuff. Unfortunately for Harvin he took a couple of big hits in the 1st half and left for the remainder of the game with a concussion. In front of a record crowd of 68,388 the Hawks and the 12th man were ready to bring it.

Offensively, the Hawks started out the game as they have for the past month, very conservative and unproductive. Hawks put up 2 Steven Haushka field goals in the first to give the Hawks a 6-0 lead. The Saints offensive production in the first half was similar to that of the Hawks. The first play of the 2nd quarter saw the Hawks tackle Michael Bennett pop the ball loose from Saints running back Mark Ingram and the Hawks were in business at the Saints 24 yard line. That was followed by a reverse by Percy Harvin for 9 yards, and a 15 yard run by Marshawn Lynch for a Seahawks touchdown. This was a” beast mode” run, Lynch bounced off a number of Saints defenders and pinballed his way to the end zone. The Hawks defense was all over the Saints as usual, Thurmond and Wagner both making big ball deflections on third down, and the Hawks defensive front keeping pressure on Drew Brees. “There is no goal. Everything is limitless; we don’t put any kinds of ceilings on us. The way we practice is going to always make us.” Safety Earl Thomas said. The Hawks were able to tack on another field goal before half and went into the locker room up 16-0.

Pete Carroll all season has had the team play conservative in big games with a lead, because the defense is able to hold their own and as long as the offense doesn’t make costly mistakes in their own territory, the Hawks usually prevail. With the rain down poor and 40 mph gusts of wind the Hawks offense played conservative in the 3rd quarter, a few first downs, but no mistakes and the defense was able to hold. Late in the 3rd Brees started to get going. Brees connect with Jaime Hill for 23 yards, then found Marques Colston for another 25 yards down to the Seahawk 11. The drive was finished off by a 1 yard Mark Ingram touchdown run, followed another run by Ingram to tack on the 2-point conversion, and all of a sudden it was a 1 score game at 16-8. Fans were on the edge of their seats, and the 12th man buckled down. Brees put together a good drive with the 4th quarter running down.

The Hawks stopped the Saints on the 30 yard line after 3 straight incomplete passes by Brees. The Saints elected to kick the 48 yard field goal, and was missed by Shane Graham wide left. This was Graham’s second missed field goal of the game. He was signed 3 weeks ago after the Saints cut Garret Hartley. Graham was the hero last weekend when he kicked the game winning 32 yard field goal as time expired to beat the Eagles, but not today with the gusting winds. Russell Wilson had a career worst game with only 103 yards on 9 of 18 passing, and only 2 for 9 in the second half. One of those passes was to Doug Baldwin on 3rd and 3 in the final 5 minutes for 24 yards to the Saint 31 yard line and Baldwin did a great job of hanging on to the ball. The play was challenged but not overturned which cost the Saints their final timeout. “He had and unbelievable route and made a great catch on the sideline.” Wilson said regarding the catch. The following play, Lynch rumbled in the end zone from 31 yards out to give the fans some breathing room with only 2:40 remaining.

Great quarterbacks always have a comeback in them, and Drew Brees wasn’t finished yet. Brees put together a 9 play, 80 yard drive that ended in a Brees to Colston 9 yard touchdown pass on 4th and 6 to pull the Saints within 7 at 23-15 with 26 second left. On the following onside kick, Golden Tate missed judged the bounce and in true northwest fashion, the Saints were 59 yards from pay dirt, but time wasn’t on their side. On the final play of the game, Brees completed a 15 yard pass to Colston, he then tried to create a hook and ladder play, but threw it forward and ended the game.

The Hawks were able to escape and will advance to play in the NFC Championship next Sunday. One of the biggest keys to the game was the Hawks holding Jimmy Graham to only 3 catches for 44 yards and no touchdowns. Graham is one of the best tight ends in the league and a big game changer. Head Coach Pete Carroll said, “We wanted to make sure we had a lot of guys in his area. We played a lot of zone.” When Wilson has a bad game it is usually because the running game is productive and they stick with it and mix in a few passes. The wind was also a big factor, Wilson talked about how they played more conservative so that he didn’t force a pass that the wind could take and turn into a turnover.

The season comes down to next Sunday, we will see if one of the favorites to go to the Super Bowl is going to get it done.

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Custom Banners Now Available Thru WSN/Zsportsmedia

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Reward Your Athlete and Transform Your Stadium

Washington Sports Network and Zsportsmedia are now Certified Stadium Wrap Sellers!  What is Stadium Wrap you ask?  Only one of the coolest ways to reward athletes, build team and school pride, and instantly transform the look of existing facilities.

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The Player Banner is the product that put Stadium Wrap on the map! Bigger-than-life imagery, professional graphic design, and premium materials will instantly transform any venue!

Banners are ingeniously designed to visually interlock and appear to be a single piece. At the end of the season, all the banners come down and are taken home by the individual participants as the ultimate piece of personalized sports memorabilia! 
Stadiumwrap products are suitable for ANY sport or activity including Football, Cheer, Swimming, Track, Band, All-Star Teams, Select Squads and more!

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Each banner produced includes:

Premium, heavy vinyl material

On-location studio photography

Custom graphic design

Weatherproof

Fully laminated

Heat-welded edges

Brass grommets on all corners and sides

  • Banners comes in 4 sizes from 48x70 to 24x35 call or email for prices now!

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Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (509) 542-7661 anywhere in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho for more information or to schedule your photoshoot in time to get you product by the beginning of the sports season!

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Cougars Fall to 0-2

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Cougar quarterback Connor Halliday threw for 389 yards on 38 of 57 passing with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in a disappointing 24-13 loss to the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Coming off of a disappointing week 1 loss versus Rutgers, Washington State entered McKay Stadium in Reno as 4 point favorites over the Wolf Pack.  Along with the minimal output from the running game and lack of run defense in game one, the Cougs added a lack of ability to score in the red zone against Nevada.  The Wolf Pack who beat FCS school Southern Utah last week 28-19, seemed to have rattled the Cougs from the early stages.  The Cougs defense looked solid the first 3 drives of the game.  Early in the first with the Cougs driving, Connor Halliday was intercepted by Kendall Johnson and returned 45 yards to the WSU 12.  That was followed by a Don Jackson 1 yard touchdown run to give the Wolf Pack the lead early.

The Cougar offense who was able to move the ball all night, struggled in short field situations.  The Cougs were able to get inside the Wolfpack 40 yard line 8 times, and only had 13 points to show for it.  Kicker Eric Powell missed 2 field goals and then was pulled in the 4th quarter for Quinton Breshears.  Connor Halliday looked to be off on Friday night.  He was quick to throw and get rid of the ball and often missed his receivers.  Halliday has been in the Leach system for the 3 years, and still struggles in the red zone.  The two interceptions that were thrown by Halliday in the first half were momentum killers and helped Nevada gain confidence. 

The Cougar run game who was only able to put up 6 yards in 14 carries against Rutgers, mustered only 38 yards on Friday versus Rutgers on 18 carries.  In this “Air Raid” system, the run game has been obsolete, but it is apparent this offense needs another dimension.  In the years Mike Leach was successful with Texas Tech, he frequently had 100 yards a game of rushing.  It is tough to run an offense when there is a consistent lack of running game.  On the defensive end, the Cougs allowed 214 yards on the ground and 110 yards through the air.  This makes the second week in a row that the opponent pounds the run non-stop and still is able to penetrate the defense.  There is going to need to be a concerted effort in stopping the run next week.

The Cougs are starting out 0-2 for the first time since 2009 and are not going to have an easy game next week as they face FCS opponent Portland State next week.  After losing two games that should have been large margins of victory for the Cougs, Portland State should not be over looked.  The game will be at home, and should be the Cougs first win, but this is another running team, and they need to figure out a way to stop it going into conference play.

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Tri-City Elite takes on Washington Warriors in 7th/8th Football Opener

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TRI-CITY ELITE FOOTBALL TEAM RAFFLES AUTOGRAPHED T-SHIRT BY ALL PRO RICHARD SHERMAN AT SEASON OPENERS

Kennewick, WASH- The Tri-City Elite, a local seventh and eighth grade all-star football team, prepares for East-West Showdown by hosting the Washington Warriors on Saturday February 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Lampson Stadium.

TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST CLICK HERE

“Our goal is to have the community come out, watch some great football, and support our growing organization, says Coach James Canada.  As a non-profit organization, the team relies solely on fundraising, community donations and volunteers to succeed.”

“Our football program is different from other programs because we mentor every single player on and off of the field, says Canada. If there is a player that is struggling in any aspect of their life, we will support that player and their family with every possible resource that we have. Some of our players come from high-risk backgrounds and our goal is to provide a structured program and a safe place for them to play. We are much more than just a football team, we are a family.”

Admission to games is $5.00 for adults. 16 and under is free.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the game or from any player for $1.00 apiece. The winner will be drawn on February 9, at the team’s second game of the season. The winner does not need to be present to win and there is no limit to the number that can be purchased.

In addition to the All Pro Richard Sherman T-Shirt, there will also be a Cooper Kupp Elite Jersey Signed and a 46” television to be raffled.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 509-440-3502.

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Hot Football Program Helps Players Takeoff

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The Tri City Elite football program, comprised of select 7th and 8th graders from the Columbia Basin region, is fast becoming the breeding ground for young football talent in and around the Tri Cities.  Four alums from last year have been invited to attend the National NUC combine, only the top freshmen in the Country can be invited.

4A State Champ Chiawana HS had 10 Elite Alums as freshmen and sophomores on it's State Championship roster, also Kamiakin, Kennewick, Southridge, Richland, and Walla Walla listed former Elite players on their Freshmen, JV, and Varsity squads.

Elite has had several National stories written about it's program and it's kids.  It has become one of the top youth football programs in the Country.

"The state of Washington may not be the top dog in youth football, but there is one league that is grabbing national attention. The Tri-City Elite Football League is easily one of the top on the West Coast and they feature players such as Elite101 athlete Brennan Barberich, the Weber cousins, who were featured on Youth1 two weeks ago and an up and coming star in Darreon Moore. - See more at: http://www.youth1.com/index.php/football-headlines/11856-2017-ath-from-the-pacific-northwest-becoming-a-national-name#sthash.VdNGTSeW.dpuf"

Check out the 2014 version of the Tri City Elite as they take on the Washignton Warriors of Auburn, WA this Saturday February 1st at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick, WA.  For additional info check out www.tcelitefootball.com

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Super Seahawks!

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The Return of Percy Harvin was an added boost for the Seahawks, as he sparked the Hawks with a second half kickoff return to route the favored Broncos 43-8 to clinch the Hawks Super Bowl title in franchise history.

East Rutherford New Jersey, the site of Superbowl  48.  For months forecasters were saying that February 2nd was going to be a frigid blizzard.  Coming into the game there has been skepticism about Peyton Manning not being able to play into the cold which played heavily to the favor of the Seahawks.  As it turned out, the temperature was 49 degrees at kickoff in East Rutherford, and 45 degrees in Seattle. 

When we see the top offense face the top defense, we knew something had to give, or we were going to have a slow and low scoring Superbowl.  Right out of the gate the Broncos make the first mistake when the snap to Peyton Manning was high and went out of the back end zone for a safety to get the Hawks on the board first.  That gave Russell Wilson a short field on their first offensive possession of the game.  On their second play from scrimmage, Wilson handed the ball to Percy Harvin who has only played in two games this season, and Harvin took the ball 30 yards to the Broncos 31 yard line.  Hawks were able to get a Steven Hauschka 31 yard field goal out of the drive to put the Hawks up 5-0 early.  The Hawks added another field goal on their 2nd possession to go up 8 midway through the second.

Offensively the Broncos had absolutely nothing going in the 1st quarter.  Manning went 3-4 for 10 yards and an interception in the 1st.  The Broncos had no 1st downs in the first, and following Cam Chancellor’s interception late in the 1st, the Hawks once again had the ball in Bronco territory at the 37.  On 3rd and goal from the Denver 5 yard line, Wilson’s pass to Golden Tate in the back of the end zone was behind him, but on the play the Broncos corner back Tony Carter held Tate, and the Seahawks had a fresh set of downs at the 1 yard line.  Two plays later Marshawn Lynch walked the ball in the end zone for a Hawks touchdown and gave them a 15-0 lead.

The Broncos finally got their first big drive of the game in the 2nd, but on 3rd and 13 from the Seahawks 35, Cliff Avril hit Manning’s arm during the throw, and Malcom Smith returned it 69 yards for another Hawks touchdown.  The Hawks took a big 22-0 lead into the locker room.

To start the second half, Percy Harvin returned the kickoff 65 yards and the Hawks were in complete control 29-0.  The seal that had been put on Washington Sports teams for the past 35 years was blown off in a big way.  The secondary was absolutely suffocating and the legendary Peyton Manning looked like an amateur.  We are watching possibly the greatest defense in the history of the game.  It’s hard to say if they were better than the Steeers  “Steel  Curtain”  defense of 1976 which only allowed 28 total points in their last 9 games, but the Hawks defense does so many intangibles that don’t turn up on the box score.  The big hits, the lockdown red-zone defense, the forced turnovers, they really are the complete package.

The Broncos were able to get a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but with 4 turnovers in the game, the Broncos were just outmatched.  This team has really brought the sports fans out of all of us in the Northwest.  The South has had a jointed interest in football forever, but this could be the start of something big sports-wise in the northwest.  Let’s hope this translates to the NCAA and high school scene as well.  Malcom Smith was the Superbowl MVP, who had the pick-six as well as a fumble recovery and 9 tackles.

“It was the culmination of the last couple years.”  Head coach Pete Carroll said after the game.  The Hawks are stacked for years to come.  Next year the Superbowl will be in Arizona and the Hawks will look to make another run.

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Columbia Basin FBU Tryouts

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FBU is being brought to the Columbia Basin area in Washington!

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Football University is an invitation-only, one-of-a-kind football training experience focusing on developing and enhancing the playmaking ability and skill of elite-level athletes in 6th through 8th grade. The training is provided by the NFL's top coaches and players.

Athletes who are serious about football are eligible to tryout. The age groups are 5th-8th grade.

Tryouts Dates                                                      Locations

June 27th 6pm-8pm                                 Park Middle School Kennewick Wa - REGISTRATION

July 12th 5:30pm-7:30pm                         TBA

Aug 2nd  5:30pm-7:30pm                         TBA

Aug 23rd 5:30pm-7:30pm                         TBA

There is a $50 fee upon registration.

Click here to register - http://www.netcamps.com/events/167-columbia-basin-fbu-try-outs

All that is needed to tryout are your cleats and workout clothing.

 

For Questions please contact

Adriana Mercado

509-440-3502

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2014 Big Nine League Football Schedule

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2014 Big Nine Conference Football Schedule

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All games 7pm unless noted, *denotes Non-league

Week1

Friday, September 5
West Valley @ Mt. Spokane*
Davis @ Pasco
Eastmont @ Rogers(Spokane) (7:30 PM)*
Eisenhower @ Evergreen (5:00 PM)*
Southridge @ Moses Lake*
Wenatchee @ Mead (5:00 PM)*
Sunnyside @ Grandview*

Week2

Thursday, Septemeber 11
Eisenhower @ Kennewick*

Friday, September 12
Moses Lake @ Lewis & Clark (6:00 PM)*
Hanford @ West Valley(Yakima)*
Walla Walla @ Davis*   
Pasco @ Sunnyside*
Chiawana @ Wenatchee*
Mt. Spokane @ Eastmont*

Week3

Friday, September 19
Sunnyside @ North Central*
Coeur d'Alene @ Moses Lake*
Wenatchee @ Eisenhower
Davis @ Eastmont
Saturday, September 20
West Valley @ Ballard (1:00 PM)*

Week4

Friday, September 26
Eastmont @ West Valley (Yakima)
Davis @ Wenatchee
Moses Lake @ Eisenhower
Cheney @ Sunnyside*                                               

Week 5

Friday, October 3
West Valley (Yakima) @ Davis
Wenatchee @ Sunnyside
Eisenhower @ Eastmont
Moses Lake @ Post Falls (ID)*

Week 6

Friday, October 10
West Valley (Yakima) @ Eisenhower
Sunnyside @ Moses Lake
Davis @ Pendleton (OR)*
Wenatchee @ Eastmont

Week 7

Friday, October 17
Tumwater @ West Valley (Yakima)*
Davis @ Sunnyside
Eastmont @ Moses Lake
Eisenhower @ Wenatchee

Week 8

Friday, October 24
West Valley (Yakima) @ Sunnyside
Eastmont @ Davis
Eisenhower @ West Valley (Spokane)*
Moses Lake @ Wenatchee

Week 9

Friday, October 31
Wenatchee @ West Valley (Yakima)
Sunnyside @ Eisenhower
Eastmont - BYE
Davis @ Moses Lake

Week 10

Friday, November 7
Moses Lake @ West Valley (Yakima)
Eisenhower @ Davis
Sunnyside @ Eastmont
Wenatchee - BYE

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4-Star Recruit Lists UW, USC, and WSU Among Possibilities

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4-star recruit Deion Singleton with offers from 15 schools including LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, and others is now at an Eastern Washignton HS (Chiawana in Pasco, WA).  Singleton when asked about recruiting action out west said "Well, right now I'm hearing from UW, WSU, and we're working on Oregon and USC.  I'm looking toward Oregon, USC, and Washington State University.  I'll be taking visits soon..'

Could the hearalded recruit end up on the west coast?  Click below for the full interview and highlights.

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