YAKIMA, Wash. — No matter what program they inherit, new coaches always want to put their stamp on a program.

For Jay Dumas, that meant a traditional rebuilding job at Davis, a school known far more for its basketball than its football. Dumas tapped into the success on the hardwood to find some more talent for his team this season, but there’s still plenty of work to be done recruiting players and teaching the intricacies of the game.

On the other sideline Friday night at Zaepfel Stadium, longtime Ellensburg coach Randy Affholter inherited a decidedly different situation in his first year at Kennewick. But even with the talent that helped the Lions go 6-4 a year ago, Affholter saw some aspects of the program’s culture he wanted to change.

“The biggest thing is one, we have to work on showing up to practice and practicing all the time and playing at full speed in practice,” Affholter said. “Now, if we’re having success, it’s handling success, being humble, not being cocky.”

The Lions found more success on Friday, utilizing their size and depth to overwhelm Davis 42-6. The Pirates fell behind 14-0 in the first five minutes, giving Dumas a chance to see how his players would respond to adversity after their first two game win streak in almost four years.

He didn’t like what he saw in the first half, when the offense never crossed the Kennewick 40-yard line. An interception and a fumble recovery couldn’t give Davis a spark, although backup quarterback Zach Valencia surprised the defense with a 14-yard run on his first play in the second quarter.

“I was proud of how we came out in the second half,” Dumas said. “Our spirits were good. Our energy was good. we just ran into a buzzsaw with that team.”

Sophomore Myles Mayovsky’s touchdown run with 8:07 left in the third quarter put the Lions in front 42-0, starting a running clock for the rest of the game. The Pirates finally scored their only points early in the fourth quarter, when Valencia hit Marcus Cook for 54 yards on a deep pass down the right sideline.

Dumas said his seniors continued to show strong leadership, encouraging young players to stay positive and keep playing hard. Although Kennewick’s much larger offensive line dominated most of the game, the Davis defensive line led by Luis Guardado occasionally broke though to drop a ball carrier in the backfield.

Meanwhile, Affholter still sought out teaching moments, such as when he called three timeouts on defense with a 35-0 lead late in the first half. He wanted to give the Lions a chance to run their two-minute offense, which he said needs to show more urgency and execute better after a Jackson Curtsinger interception ended the half.

Several penalties left some questions about how much progress Kennewick has made in terms of discipline, particularly on a jarring helmet-to-helmet block that warranted in a personal foul and an ejection. Affholter said he’ll need to go back and watch the play to determine whether it was a side effect of playing hard or the result of an undisciplined, selfish act.

A much larger coaching staff means Affholter can delegate more responsibilities than he did at Ellensburg, and some 90-100 kids coming out for football each year gives him the luxury of going deep into his bench during blowouts. By contrast, Dumas needed to keep many of his starters on the field and took a bigger hit after minor injuries, since Davis only has about 25 players at the varsity level.

Tempers flared at times between players, especially after a couple of hard hits from Kennewick that drew personal fouls. Afterwards, though, there was clearly nothing but respect between the two coaches who have known each other for more than a decade, as they embraced before parting ways to soon begin their preparation for next week’s return to league play.

Davis (3-2) will play at Eastmont and Kennewick will travel to Pasco. Dumas knows things won’t get much easier and his team must keep improving, but Affholter’s confident that will happen.

“Trust me, he’ll get kids to come play for him,” Affholter said. “The first film I think was Week 2 we got them to last week. You can tell his kids are starting to get better and better and better...For him, he has to hang in.”



Kennewick — Simeon Howard 44 pass from Blaine Chavez (Ethan Woolery kick)

Kennewick — Bryson Knapik 9 pass from Chavez (Woolery kick)

Kennewick — Nathan Moses 9 pass from Chavez (Woolery kick)

Kennewick — Myles Mayovsky 16 run (Woolery kick)

Kennewick — Howard 57 punt return (Woolery kick)

Kennewick — Mayovsky 3 run (Woolery kick)

Davis — Marcus Cook 54 pass from Zach Valencia (pass failed){div class=”subscriber-only”}INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS{/div} {div class=”subscriber-only”}RUSHING — Kennewick, Mayovsky 12-92, Woolery 10-49, Blaine Chavez 4-28, Tanner 3-12, Kaleb Stevenson 1-11. Davis, Valencia 5-16, Jose Reyes 9-15, Reymundo Gutierrez 5-9, Reyes , Valencia Ricardo Acevedo 5-3, Ceja , Team .{/div} {div class=”subscriber-only”}PASSING — Kennewick, Chavez 11-24-2-203, Tanner 0-1-1-0. Davis, Reyes 5-9-1-34, Valencia 5-7-1-103.{/div} {div class=”subscriber-only”}RECEIVING — Kennewick, Moses 6-101, Howard 1-44, Mayovsky 1-37, Tanner 1-17, Bryson Knapik 1-9, Kaleb Stevenson 1-5. Davis, Marcus Cook 1-54, Curtsinger 4-56, Nick Sosa 2-20, Tyler Girard 2-7, Damian Corbray 1-0.{/div}

Reach Luke Thompson at luthompson@yakimaherald.com and on Twitter: @luketscribe